Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast, rich in vitamins and minerals and is a complete protein. It is a 100% natural food, grown under carefully controlled conditions on enriched purified molasses. It is a great source of the B complex vitamins (great for regulating your mood) and the one that I use (pictured above) has been fortified with Vitamin B12 and Zinc, making it a fantastic food supplement for vegans who miss out on these vitamins, naturally found in animal products (meat, dairy, eggs and fish). It is also a good source of Fibre and Folic Acid.
Nutritional Yeast is naturally low in fat and salt. It is dairy free, gluten free and sugar free. It comes in powder form or in flakes and has a deep savoury flavour to it, a little bit cheesy/nutty. You can use it in cooking (it dissolves in water) or as a condiment. I use it just like anyone would use parmesan cheese, on top of spaghetti, in omelets, in soups, over my popcorn etc. You can use it in anything.
You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy the benefits of nutritional yeast, it can benefit everyone, especially when its flavour is used to help cut down the dairy/fat content of certain recipes. Kids think its great too, especially when they get to ‘sprinkle’ it on their own food!
I purchase my Nutritional Yeast from Ocado, but I can also get it from my local health food shop or from Amazon.co.uk. It costs around £2.80 and has a good shelf life, even once opened.
Here are some Clean Eating Recipes that use Nutritional Yeast
- Clean Eating ‘Cheesy’ Chilli Broccoli Quinoa
- Clean Eating Turkey Meatballs
- Clean Eating Popcorn
- Clean Eating Spinach and Mushroom Omelette
Give Nutritional Yeast a try and let me know what you think!