Nutritional yeast is a source of great mystery for most people. Isn’t yeast what makes bread rise? And beer ferment? Yes, but nutritional yeast is quite different. It’s non-active yeast that has been grown (usually on glucose or another simple sugar), deactivated by heat, then dried, pasteurized and eventually sold in your neighborhood health food store. You may see it commercially as flakes for a yellowish powder (looks like cornmeal). Some cook with it but it is also popular as a condiment.
Here are some benefits of nutritional yeast :
- Since it has around 8g of protein per serving, it’s a quick way to turn something like a pasta dish into something that’s well rounded in macronutrients without doing anything complicated.
- You can blend up some nooch with some hardened leftover bread for breadcrumbs that you can use on almost anything.
- If you’ve got some steamed vegetables like Kale or Broccoli adding some nutritional yeast to it will not only make it cheesy, but will also give it a creamier texture since the natural moisture will make it adhere and dissolve.
- Tow tablespoons of Nooch is only 60 calories, you don’t have to feel guilty about liberally sprinkling it on your food. Since it’s so strong, you’re unlikely to even use that much.