Thursday, December 18, 2014

Nutritional Yeast and its Benefits (and a Popcorn Recipe)

Have you ever heard of nutritional yeast? You have probably heard of brewer's yeast and baker's yeast. They are similar, but still different in their uses and nutritional value.

I had to look into the composition of nutritional yeast because I have a food allergy to brewer's yeast. I can do baker's yeast fine, and thankfully I can do nutritional yeast as well.

Nutritional yeast contains vitamins, including a lot of B-vitamins that are hard to get in a vegetarian or vegan diet. I don't eat vegan or vegetarian -- I love to eat a serving of meat plus a ton of veggies. I don't need breads or starches with my meal to make my body happy. Just a salad or soup, a medium sized filet mignon and some steamed broccoli or asparagus. YUM! That is maybe my favorite meal (if you replace the filet mignon with some baby back ribs, or maybe barbecue chicken, or shredded beef brisket, same thing... yum!)

Nutritional yeast also is a decent source of protein. It comes from the fungus known as saccharomyces cerevisiae. Yes, sounds disgusting, right? But if you can get over the thought of eating fungus then you are in for a treat.

This stuff tastes fabulous. You can make vegan cheese sauce, vegan mac and cheese, tasty cheesy-popcorn, and you can use it like parmesan cheese on top of your spaghetti! It is fabulous. We LOVE using it on our homemade popcorn.

Honestly, it tastes like cheese.

Homemade Popcorn Recipe

1. We heat up some coconut oil in a pan on the stove, and then through in some non-GMO organic popcorn kernels and put the lid on.

2. Then, the magic happens. Pop. Pop. Pop. We shake the pan around a bit so the popcorn doesn't burn.

3. Then once the popping stops (spaced about 1-2 seconds apart) we pull the pan from the stove.

4. We season it. We use grassfed butter and Himalayan pink salt. (I like a lot of butter and a little salt).

5. Then we go to town with the nutritional yeast and sprinkle it on top.

I had Bragg's Nutritional Yeast before but was super disappointed that they fortified it with synthetic B-vitamins (which is no good at all!) and I REALLY like the Sari Foods Nutritional Yeast because it has some of the most important nutrients for me... including selenium (for my thyroid) and molybdenum for my MTHFR support. It is loaded with B6 (naturally) and pantothenic acid.

You can check the company out here, or place your order on Amazon here.

About Me: Hi! I am Rebecca :) I am the owner of Purify Your Body Detox Foot Pads. I love natural health and wellness, and I love to eat real food. :) 

I love my family, and my pets. I actually love all animals -- they are much nicer than most humans! I don't watch TV and haven't watched a movie in the theater for more than 9 months. I would much rather read a book!

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