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Tasty tip #15 ~ Yeast can be a good thing!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

This tip's from my sister... she tried it waaay before I ever did.

Sure, I'd heard about "Nutritional" (or Brewer's) Yeast forever...
but there's a BIG diff between plunking your money down and actually buying it AND eating it.... and thinking "O that sounds nice and healthy, I'll have to try that someday".

Yesterday was that day, spurred on by my local Sprout's 25% off Weekly Special sale. Nothing like a deal to get me motivated!

Truthfully... I was expecting the taste to be overwhelmingly hideous.
I bought the largest size, anyway.

But no, its has a delicious light flavor which blends seamlessly with a variety of savory foods. I've been sprinkling it on my salads, along with the juice of half a lemon , to provide a savory umami taste, a bit of saltiness.

Sis uses it on popcorn.

I think it would be delicious stirrrd into soups, table side, to preserve the complement of heat sensitive vitamin B's this powerhouse food contains.

Or simply mixed with some hot water, to provide a nutrient dense, low calorie snack... or as a savory rather than a sweet appetizer to a meal, to blunt overindulgence.

The brand I tried, KAL, tastes like a cross between chicken stock and miso paste.
I'll post a full nutrient profile for the Spark Tracker for those who are sampling the KAL brand. Spark has Red Star, the nutrient profile may be different, this will give you more choice.

If you think you'd like in, here's the basics.

There are two kinds of Brewers or Nutritional Yeast, but since the names are often used interchangeably, you've really got to read the label to find out which one you've got.

"Brewer's" is supposed to be a bit bitter and is the end product of the brewing process as the name implies. If you are gluten intolerant, it may be wise to avoid this one, in case the brew was beer, which contains hops, which contains gluten, OY!

"Nutritional" is grown on sugar beet molasses. This is the one that I chose. The KAL brand uses non-GMO beet molasses, which is a good thing.

It comes in two forms... flake (which is what I got.. and thank you for not saying "wellll if the shoe fits..." ) and a powder.

These yeasts are a nutritional power house in food form, full of B vitamins and a good dose of Selenium, which we need for thyroid hormone conversion. AND support your adrenals.

Hope you'll give this a try and come back and let me know how you like it.
For you old pros, pls include your recipes and suggestions, Fav Brands here so that we can all grow from it.

Bon Appetit
and Good Health!

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    I've actually added it to dry cereal before adding milk and to oatmeal after it cooks. It has a slightly nutty taste.
    2108 days ago
    Blue, hey!
    Hadn't seen Chef Meg's recipe using nutritional yeast!
    The Spark recipes are a splendid resource for those looking for new things to try.

    Word of advice when using Nutritional Yeast in recipes... the B vitamins it contains are heat sensitive, so rather than adding it into the soup's cooking water, its best added table side... stirred in last minute at the table.

    This also allows for individual preference of taste.

    So thanks for raising this point, Bluester!

    : )

    2124 days ago
    You probably already know this, but Chef Meg's Roasted Vegetable Soup has a whopping 3/4 cup of nutritional yeast in it; it serves 6 and you can't taste the yeast. It's one of my very favorite soups!!!!!
    2124 days ago
    thx for the comments and feedback!
    Book... a nutritional yeast queso sounds likes something unique and new to try!

    Had some yesterday as a broth, before dinner with a handful of almonds
    It was savory and satisfying.

    There was a chicken roasting with some apples and onions for dinner, but hadn't had much to eat all day and just couldn't wait the two hours for it to finish.

    The thought of something sweet like a piece of fruit was... icky. I don't like anything sweet when I haven't eaten in a while.

    So this savory snack left me satisfied... in two hours "Hungry" was back again and dinner was YUM.

    Bon Appetit!
    : )
    2124 days ago
    Yes, I've tried it, it's quite versatile! Someone actually made a vegan "queso" out of it, and it was pretty good.

    2127 days ago
    I've been using nutritional yeast for quick a long time! It's great stuff. Thanks MZZCHIEF!
    2128 days ago
    I haven't tried it (yet). I'm glad it turned out better than you expected since you bought the large size. Sounds like what I would do.
    2128 days ago
    Hey all!
    Thx for reading and commenting, hope its something y'all can use!

    : )
    2130 days ago
    Thank you for sharing this... new info for me. I am avoiding gluten so know the difference in the two is very helpful.

    May just need to try this as I am getting vit. B-12 shots every 12 days now.

    Thanks again. Julia
    2130 days ago
    Thyroid and adrenal support? I just might finally be in! (Like you, I've been hearing about it for years and meaning to try it but just never getting around to it.)

    Oh, BTW, speaking of thyroid, I found out the answer to your long ago question: I did just have my antibodies checked along with the other usual suspects (T3, T4, TSH) and doc says they are normal. My serotonin wasn't even as low as suspected, but he says apparently it is still not sufficient because my adrenals are fatigued (low cortisol). Wheee! emoticon
    2131 days ago
  • SUE_2U
    I used to drink that back when I was vegetarian. I made these soups with beans and tomatoes and lots of veggies and I would puree them and mix in nutritional yeast. It was delicious.
    I have heard conflicting stories since about whether it actually is that healthy or not, but I felt pretty good when I was drinking it.
    Might try it again.
    2131 days ago
  • ROSIEB1213
    Good info..I'll definately try it. Thanks!
    2131 days ago
    My mom used to use it.
    2131 days ago
    Very interesting,something to check into and try.Thank you for this information,I appreciate something new to try! emoticon emoticon Diana
    2131 days ago
    Interesting. Thanks for write up.
    2131 days ago
    emoticon Mzz for sharing!
    2131 days ago
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