Good morning babes! I hope everyone had a beautiful weekend and a mindful Monday. 😉
Nutritional yeast is a big staple in my house. You might be wondering what nutritional yeast is. It is a dehydrated naturally occurring yeast grown on molasses We are all dairy free over here, and nutritional yeast is a great way to add nutrients with a cheesy flavor.
Nutritional Yeast Benefits:
– High in all B vitamins, especially vitamin B6
– Antiviral and antibacterial properties
-Good source of protein
-Aids in digestion
-Good source of fiber, thiamin, biotin, niacin, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, zinc, selenium, molybdenum.
-Low in sodium
Nutritional yeast is extremely versatile, and can be added into ANYTHING you are eating. Here are some of my families favorite ways to use nutritional yeast. And yes, my kids LOVE it!
-Add 2 T into your smoothie (you won’t get a cheesy taste, but rather enhance your smoothies natural flavors.
-Sprinkle on top of all your meals (salads, soups, pasta, veggie bowls, tacos, you name it and nutritional yeast is a great addition!)
-Use it as a thickening agent in soups!
-To make vegan cheesy kale chips.
-To make various vegan cheese and cheese sauce recipes
-Add it into homemade vegan dressings for added nutrients.
-Sprinkle on eggs and quiche.
-“Cheesy” roasted chickpeas (and veggies too!)
-Replacement for added salt.
-I can keep going on and on… but you guys, you can add this stuff into e v e r y t h i n g. And I mean that. I mean it might seem weird to put in onto of your chocolate chip cookies…. but I won’t judge you!
I also have to include these two CRAZY easy and fast recipes that we use in our family all the time. These are two of my kids most favorite foods!
Vegan buttered noodles
-add avocado or coconut oil to cooked and drained pasta. Sprinkle in nutritional yeast, garlic salt, and pepper. I add in probably 8 tablespoons of yeast when I make this because I make a big batch!
-add in your favorite roasted veggies! Peas, peppers, celery, broccoli, and squash are some of our personal favorites!
-using an airpop popcorn machine, pop some fresh gmo-free popcorn!
-melt coconut oil and pour over the popcorn in small batches.
-sprinkle and stir in garlic salt, pepper, and as much nutritional yeast as desired.
-tip: for a spicy version, sprinkle on some cayenne powder!
There are a ton of nutritional yeast brands out there, and I have used a few. But after discovering that some brands add in synthetic vitamins and minerals to their nutritional yeast, I turned to Sari Foods brand. They are 100% all natural, non gmo, kosher, non toxic, absolutely no additives, and as good as can be! I recommend purchasing through Amazon here:
Have you or do you use nutritional yeast? I would love to hear your favorite use for it! And if you are not already using Sari Foods nutritional yeast, I definitely recommend it! The Amazon price is so so good, too!