While hiking in Vermont, I stumbled upon this quaint little movie theater in Montpelier, the capital. They serve popcorn made with real butter, sea salt and this yummy, flakey, cheesy flavored stuff sprinkled on top.
It was 1996 when I first learned about nutritional yeast and I have been singing its praises from the mountaintops ever since. I also recommend visiting the actual Von Trapp lodge in Stowe, the inspiration for The Sound of Music, but I digress.
I really do tell everyone about the wonders of nutritional yeast. “You should try nutritional yeast on your popcorn!” I always say. And with a look of both intrigue and fear they reply, “What is nutritional yeast?”
Even though I’ve been putting it on popcorn and mixing it into food and beverages for years, I never really answered that question intelligently and succinctly. I would usually say something like, “It’s this stuff that tastes kinda like parmesan cheese. It’s loaded with B-vitamins, and it’s a complete protein.”
Then they’d usually say, “Well, that’s not a very appealing name, nutritional yeast. You need a better name.”
Although people don’t like the name, it really tells you a lot about what I consider a very under-acknowledged superfood.
Nutritional yeast is grown from yeast, a tiny form of fungi, like mushrooms but much, much smaller.
The “scientific” name for yeast is Saccharomyces cerevisiae or sugar-eating fungus. Yeast cells use sugar for energy just like other living creatures.
A great start to your day or divide into two servings. Have half as an AM snack & the other half as an Afternoon snack1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2 Tablespoons protein powder (whey, rice or pea protein)
1 teaspoons Nutritional yeast (NOW brand)
2 teaspoons super greens (choose a brand that contains spirulina & wheatgrass)
1 teaspoons black strap molasses
1/2 teaspoon flax seed oil
1/2 teaspoon fish or krill oil
1 Tablespoon ground flax seed
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 Tablespoon wheat germ
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup strawberries
1/3 frozen banana
123% B12 (3mcg)
52% Vitamin C (40mg)
151% Vitamin D (7.5mg)
74% Vitamin E (11mg)
82% Folate (328% mcg)
71% Pantothenic acid
40% Calcium (390mg)
30% Copper (0.74mg)
51% Iron (7.62mg)
37% Magnesium (118mg)
78% Manganese (2.73mg)
44% Phosphorus (311mg)
30% Potassium (1034mg)
34% Selenium (19mcg)
19% Zinc (2.3mg)
Omega-3 Fats 3.6g
Omega-6 Fats 1.34g
2.7:1 Omega-3 to Omega-6