3 Simple Ways To Include Nutritional Yeast In Your Diet

The Unusual Ingredient Nutritionists Are Totally Obsessed With Right Now

by | Feb 22, 2018

They’re a friend to food bloggers and all over Insta right now. But what the hell is nutritional yeast anyway? Glad you asked!

 

Also known as deactivated yeast, these golden flakes have a nutty taste, which makes them the ideal cheese substitute. They’re also packed with B vitamins and are sometimes fortified with B12.

Even better? They’re a complete protein, which means they contain all nine essential amino acids – great news for vegans and vegetarians!

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But that’s not all.

In a study conducted on endurance athletes and published
in the Journal of Sports Science & Medicine, researchers found that those who had nutritional yeast before a marathon had better overall health, decreased fatigue and seemed to recover faster.

It also contains selenium – which helps repair cell damage – and zinc, to aid tissue repair and healing. Plus, its antibacterial properties make it a great immune booster. So add it to soups, stews, sauces and salads, stat!

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Low-carb cashew cheese hot sauce

Cover 100g cashews with water and boil for 30 mins. Blend nuts and water with
1 tbs lemon juice, 
a pinch each of paprika, garlic powder, salt, onion powder, cumin,
 1⁄4 cup nutritional yeast and 5 pickled cherry peppers (adding more water if needed).

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Creamy vegan “melted cheese” nachos

  • 1 potato, peeled and chopped 

  • 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped 

  • 1 tbs lemon juice 

  • 1⁄4 cup nutritional yeast 


Method:

1. Pinch each salt, onion 
powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper 
 Boil the potato and carrot in a little water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Once tender, remove from the heat.

2. Place the ingredients into a food processor with some of the veggie water, then blend until smooth, adding more water if necessary.


3. Assemble the corn chips on a platter with lettuce, tomato salsa and guac. Pour the “cheese” over. Garnish with coriander.

What else? Use as a dairy-free parmesan substitute in pasta and salads or sprinkle over popcorn instead of salt for 
a cool umami taste.

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