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Have You Tried Nutritional Yeast?

By Sara Butler

On its face, nutritional yeast doesn't seem like something you should make a regular part of your diet. Honestly, it's kind of strange looking, but it's incredibly good for you. In fact, there are a ton of health benefits of nutritional yeast and easy ways to use them that will add to the flavor of your favorite snack or meal. Here's what you need to know about nutritional yeast and how to use it.

What is it?

Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast that is grown on wood pulp, blackstrap molasses, or whey. When the yeast is ready to be harvested, it's washed then dried so that the growing process stops. Then it's flaked or crumbled and packaged -- ready for you to enjoy!

How to Use It

Nutritional yeast has a nutty, cheesy flavor to it. That makes it a very versatile way to add a punch of nutrition to several foods you prepare and snack on. You can use it:

  • On stir-fries and salads - Since it's a powder or flake, nutritional yeast is easy to sprinkle on your salad or vegetable side dish. It works well with savory foods because it has an almost Parmesan cheese taste to it.
  • In homemade salad dressings - Mix together apple cider vinegar, salt, garlic, olive oil, and nutritional yeast to make a dressing for your salad. Nutritional yeast dissolves in liquids, giving it a creamy quality without adding all the fat.
  • To top your popcorn - Yes, nutritional yeast makes an excellent popcorn topper! That's because of its buttery, cheesy flavor that goes well with a little salt and garlic powder. Plus, it helps save you calories and fat normally associated with buttery popcorn.
  • In baked goods - You cannot use nutritional yeast in place of yeast in baking because it's deactivated, but you can add it during baking to things such as cheesecake, biscuits, muffins, and crackers.
  • In pasta - Vegans use nutritional yeast to create a sauce with cashews for vegan macaroni and cheese, but you can use it in any rice or pasta dish for a little punch of flavor. All you need to do is simply sprinkle some on top before you serve it.

Branch out and try some nutritional yeast in your diet! It's easy to find and easy to add to your favorite dishes and snacks.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Renton, Wash.

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