Nutritional Yeast Flakes. Hate -> Love!

I often confess to you that I hate nutritional yeast flakes. Well not anymore! I've rediscovered them and realized why I hated them in the first place. My story, and why you should consider embracing nutritional yeast flakes too. For health and flavor!...

Where to Find Nutritional Yeast.
It's 8pm on a tired Thursday. I am wandering the aisles of Whole Foods Market with my poor husband in tow, an over-filled, incredibly heavy hand cart strapped to his wrists. "It has to be here!" I mumbled to myself as I wandered down every aisle - on a mission. A mission to find nutritional yeast.

I looked in the spices and baking section - scouring each jar-filled rack from almond extract to za'atar. No such luck. I looked in the yeast section - nothing. Hmm, of course! Look in the nutrition section! OK, OK, I didn't figure that one out myself. I had to ask a WF employee - he graciously ushered me over to the nutritional yeast section - right below the smoothie mixes and protein powder. Aha!

There were about five or so brands - large canister containers. I settled on the Kal Nutrition brand of Nutritional Yeast Flakes. I chose that brand because it had a few added in vitamins like B12 and folic acid. Yay! I was so excited to find it because I had been looking for it (although not so-proactively until now) for a few months. I smiled widely at my hubby, "Isn't this exciting?!" He wasn't as excited as me, but that's OK. So off to the checkout stand we went.

Nutritional Yeast Flakes Taste Test: Take Two! Now you see, I've bought, tasted and tried nutritional yeast flakes in the past. About 5 years ago I bought a small curious bottle of nutritional yeast flakes at some grocery store. I forget the brand. I tried making vegan mac n cheese. It was horrible! I then tasted the flakes in another recipe and still - horrible. The flakes smelly fishy and rancid and almost sour. I decided I did not like nutritional yeast and would never try it again!

Cut to five years later,
when I tried THIS nutritional yeast in a pasta recipe and love, love, loved it! One sniff from the canister and I knew these flakes were yummy. Nutty, salty aroma. Yum! (FYI - nutri-yeast is very low in sodium) My final stance is that I either bought a very poor brand of nutri-yeast or it simply really was a rancid, gone bad bottle. Odd. Anyways, I'm so thrilled to have resolved my "issues" with nutritional yeast. I was really starting to wonder about my vegan taste buds - since every vegan I know raves about vegan nutri-yeast mac n cheese...FYI I will be posting TWO NEW nutri-yeast mac-n-cheese recipes later tonight - or this weekend! yes! Here is a sneak peek of one of my recipes:

Side Note: The one thing that really spurred me to try nutri-yeast again was the fact that I love Edward and Son's vegan boxed mac n chreese. It is flavored by nutritional yeast...this was my first inclination to do a do-over taste test.

Now let me convince you why nutritional yeast flakes are so gosh darn healthy!...

Nutritional Yeast Flakes and Health. Healthy as can be! Here are just a few reasons why nutri-yeast flakes are healthy (I am taking nutrition info from my Kal Nutrition Nutritional Yeast Flakes canister):

*no added wheat, corn, milk, egg, soy, glutens, sucrose, animal products, artificial colors, starch or preservatives.

*gluten free

3 Tbsp contains:
*only 80 calories
*9 grams of protein, only 1 gram of fat (not saturated) and 14 grams of carbs.
*5 grams of fiber
*11% RDA of potassium
*only 5mg of sodium, that's <1% RDA*820% RDA vitamin B-1*720% RDA vitamin B-2*370% RDA vitamin B-3*560% RDA vitamin B-6*310% RDA folic acid*150% RDA vitamin B-12*40% RDA selenium*25% RDA zinc*4% RDA ironand more vitamins and minerals..
*There is a wide variety of amino acids, vitamins and minerals in nutritional yeast that I did not list - too many to list on one post. But you can read the nutrition label on your brand's bottle to check out all the good stuff.

Animal Product Free.
Nutritional Yeast, contains no animal products, yet it does contains a lot of nutrients that are usually plentiful in animal products. This is great news for vegans.

How Nutritional Yeast Flakes are Made. Kal Nutrition brand yeast states this: "Kal Nutritional Yeast is primary grown on molasses. The natural source produces yeast flakes containing a full spectrum of essential amino acids and a balanced variety of B vitamins......traditional brewer's yeast is produced through the brewing process and can have a bitter aftertaste."

Interesting! Who knew nutritional yeast could 'grow' on molasses. And you know I adore molasses for its taste and nutritional value. Molasses: Goo that's good for you.

I hope I have convinced you to give nutritional yeast flakes a try. And FYI, remember, you might find nutritional yeast flakes in the "nutrition" section, under the powdered smoothie mixes, not in the yeast section! :) ...hope that saves you and your shopping buddy a few trips down the aisles... or online:

Nutritional Yeast. I buy mine at Whole Foods. Kal and Bragg's brands are my favorites at WF. More info. You can also buy Nutritional Yeast online...

I also love One Lucky Duck's Nutritional Yeast $6.75 online.

*My mac n cheese post coming soon...

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