5 Reasons Why I'm Obsessed With Nutrional Yeast

Throw some Hippie Dust on that!

It began when my sister 'n law sent me a recipe for a yumm sauce she recommend. As I  took a look at the ingredients for it, I noticed an ingredient I've never tried before called nutritional yeast. I thought, what the heck is nutritional yeast? So with this new great discovery of nutritional yeast, I have to say it's the BEST "dust" I'll ever love. 

This yeast, grown mostly on beet sugar is an inactive yeast, which means it can be incorporated into a nutritional arsenal of a system that's often challenged by other active yeasts.

The hippie dust is a nutritional dynamo, packed with benefits! Sprinkle it over foods for a nutty, almost cheesy, flavor. 

Here are a few more reasons why this adds a magical flourish to your cooking:

1. It's a vegetarian source of Vitamin B-12

This is a crucial nutrient for the body involved in he production of red blood cells and for producing and maintaining myelin, he protective insulation around your nerves. Most sources of Vitamin B-12 are animal based, so nutritional yeast is a major player in the nutritional well being of vegans and vegetarians. 1 tablespoon will provide an adult with a full supply of B-12. (Assuming you can keep the tastiness to just that!) Imagine what it does for the kiddos!

2. It's high in protein

2 tablespoons of hippie dust contains 9 grams of protein. That's more than in 1 cup of whole milk, a large egg, or 1 oz of beef. It's a wonderful source of energy for your workout mornings.

3. It's high in fiber

Fiber is one of my personal favorites in terms of gut health and functional digestion. It also helps our systems regulate blood sugar giving us a more sustainable, even store of energy throughout our days and at higher levels. Nutritional yeast provides 3 grams of fiber per tiny serving. 

4. It's gluten free

Not only a plus for the vegans out there, but this treat is also gluten free providing all of this power with an anti-inflammatory ease. 

5.  It's a great source of folic acid

It's important for women out there trying to get pregnant or carrying future citizens of the planet because folic acid is known to prevent spina bifida and other major birth defects. This is great for me right now as I'm expecting my second child. So I sprinkle it on everything. For those not planning to get pregnant, folic acid is still important for its role in cell maintenance and production.

10 Easy ways to use some hippie dust

1. Sprinkle it on top of vegetables or cauliflower poppers before you pop them in the oven
2. Sprinkle it on top of stove top popcorn. This is beyond delicious!
3. Cut the cheese in half and sprinkle it on top of pizza
4. Sprinkle it on sweet potato fries
5. Sprinkle it on top of kale chips for the ultimate "cheesy" snack
6. Add it to spaghetti
7. Use it in a creamed spinach recipe
8. Add it to soups
9. Use it to make a yumm sauce for vegetables, pastas and crackers
10. Mix it with vegetable juices to make a nourishing drink

Those are just a few ideas! I plan on sharing some really yummy new recipes that incorporate nutritional yeast along the way!

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