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nutritional yeast

We’re headed to Ohio later today.  Tonight we’ll get to see my friend Rachel and her fiancé Nick, and then Saturday and Sunday we’ll spend with my family!  I can’t wait to see everyone – and Sunday we’ll have a family baby shower!  It’s going to be so fun!  I’m also planning a car nap, as I was awake last night from 1:30am-4:00am for no apparent reason at all.  I did get some reading done.  Apparently baby boy thought he was Michael Phelps with all the swimming he was doing.  Fortunately, he still has room enough in there that his movements are fun and not painful batterings.

Lately we’ve had a salad obsession in our house.  Similarly to me, Dave goes through phases with food, too.  Right now we’re both feeling salad-y a lot of the time and extra greens are never a bad thing!

Here’s another great take on the leek and zucchini pasta: as a salad topping (Dave’s idea!):

Spinach with leek and zucchini pasta, nutritional yeast, and a little bit of Annie’s Goddess dressing (have you had this dressing?  It’s completely amazing.).  I would have added hardboiled egg, too, but we had scrambled eggs at breakfast.  Dave added sunflower seeds and cheese to his, too.  We both ate ours out of pie plates for easiest stirring.

So what is nutritional yeast?  This is information I’ve parceled together from wikipedia and whfoods.com, among other places.  Basically nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast, cultured with sugarcane and beet molasses.  It has a cheesy-ish, slightly nutty flavor.  Nutritionally, it has a lot of benefits, especially to vegans and vegetarians.  Fortified nutritional yeast is a complete protein and also is high in B12.  B12 is important in preventing anemia and in your body’s metabolism.  Typically, B12 is only found in animal products.  So nutritional yeast, while delicious, also fills an important nutritional need in the diet.  Even if you eat meat, you could look into nutritional yeast!  Dave and I like yeast on our salads and our popcorn.  I’ve also used it in macaroni and cheese sauces and in my sister’s gravy recipe.

Do you like nutritional yeast?  What information do you know about it that I missed?

What are your Memorial weekend plans?  We’re in Ohio til Sunday night, then home Monday (probably doing house stuff, errands, relaxing) and having a family cookout with Dave’s family Monday evening!

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6 thoughts on “nutritional yeast

  1. I was wondering about the yeast. Very interesting. Can you buy it local? Kroger maybe?

    What part OHIO are you heading to?

    (Let’s get things straight, I’m a Buckeye over here… temporary Hoosier)

  2. i love nutritional yeast, too! i actually like it sprinkled on popcorn + coconut oil for a little sweet + savory.

    have fun in OH!

  3. Oh. My. Gosh I adore nutritional yeast! I totally agree with you-popcorn topping. Also, it is a great addition to homemade pesto!

  4. “””Nutritionally, it has a lot of benefits, especially to vegans and vegetarians. Fortified nutritional yeast is a complete protein and also is high in B12. B12 is important in preventing anemia and in your body’s metabolism.””

    – Yes, this is a common problem with vegan people, b12 deficiency. My friend is a vegetarian until she diagnosed with b12 deficiency and then her doctor friend recommend this mouth spray http://products.mercola.com/vitamin-b12-spray/ instead of b12 shot. Good news is, it works a lot with her.”

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