The Benefits of Nutritional Yeast

As some of you may know I gave up dairy about 6 months ago.  This means no cheese and no milk.  Since I have cut it out I feel amazing.  Some of the benefits I have personally noticed are, I no longer have that bloated feeling,  my skin does not break out, I have more energy and I don't get crampy stomach aches like I used to when I would drink milk or eat cheese.

I can honestly say that I do not miss milk AT ALL.  It actually grosses me out now when I smell it, but I do on occasion miss cheese.  And lets be honest, some things like pizza just need cheese.

So let me introduce something that I recently discovered... Nutritional Yeast.  It actually is nothing new and has been around forever but to me this is completely new and awesome.  When added to food it has a yummy cheesy/slightly nutty taste that will blow you non cheese eaters away.  Even if you do like cheese but just want to cut back on calories or make your meals just a little healthier this is for you.

So what exactly is nutritional yeast?  
Nutritional Yeast is a deactivated yeast (not to be confused with Brewer's yeast, which has a completely different taste and purpose).  Nutritional yeast is a living microorganism grown on sugarcane and beet molasses.  When the yeast is ready, it is killed (deactivated) with heat and then harvested, washed, dried and packaged.

Nutritional yeast benefits:
  • Has 6 grams of protein in just 2 tbs
  • Great source of minerals
  • Great cheesy taste
  • Gluten free 
  • Salt free
  • A great source of Vitamin B12 and Folic Acid
Where can you find it?  
Check your local health food store.  That is where I purchase mine.  Some health food stores also carry it in bulk.  You can also purchase it online here.

10 ways to use it: 
  1. Sprinkle it on top of vegetables or cauliflower poppers before you pop them in the oven
  2. Sprinkle it on top of popcorn.  This is beyond delicious!
  3. Skip the cheese and use this on top of low carb pizza
  4. Add it to baked thyme onion rings
  5. Use it in skinny mashed potatoes
  6. Sprinkle it on top of kale chips for the ultimate "cheesy" snack. 
  7. Add it to skinny spaghetti.
  8.  Use it in a creamed spinach recipe.
  9. Add it to soups.
  10. Use it to make cheesy crispy green bean fries.
Those are just a few ideas!  I plan on sharing some really yummy new recipes that incorporate nutritional yeast soon. 


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