Foods You Never Knew You Liked: Nutritional Yeast

This week’s feature food is not exactly a food, but might be more accurately described as a seasoning.  Nutritional- or, sometimes referred to as ‘brewer’s’- yeast is a staple for most vegetarian and vegan kitchens, and is about to become one of yours, too.

I was first introduced to this gem by a veg friend who used it on popcorn and in stir-fry.  She told me that she used it to boost her protein and B-vitamin levels.  She was right, too- not only is nutritional yeast very high in protein, but it contains amazing amounts of B-vitamins, particularly the sought-after B12.  It also contains a healthy dose of fiber- and, let’s be honest, we can all use a little more fiber in our diet!  Boasting all of these wonderful benefits, I had to give it a shot.

I bought a small bag of the off-yellow flakes from the bulk section at Whole Foods to give it a whirl, and soon found myself putting it on everything.  Seriously, this stuff is delicious.  I don’t know what it is about the taste, but I think that a sprinkle of nutritional yeast makes everything taste like heaven.  My favorite use for the seasoning is on my eggs in the morning, with a little sprinkle of grey rock salt and fresh pepper.  I have even been known to take a tiny Tupperware container of it with me when I travel or visit friends for a day or so.  I have a serious love affair!  Here are some other ideas for your new best friend:

Sprinkle on popcorn or pizza

Mix into green juice, smoothies, or a tomato juice drink

Fold into flour and breadcrumbs for a tasty breading

Toss whole grain noodles with olive oil and yeast

Stir into gravies and sauces

Puree with nuts and a little water to make a raw, vegan ‘cheese’

Sprinkle some on brown rice

Season eggs in the morning

The possibilities are endless, really.  Send me your creations!  You can buy nutritional yeast at your local health food store- if you’re lucky, maybe you can get the shaker container that Red Star and Bragg’s make!  Yum!

Blog Feature: WithBritt

Today I want to introduce you to my new friend, Brittney. Britt is married to Bill of Bread of Stone (easily my new favorite band that Willet is touring with for the next few months) and she just radiates the light of Jesus and an evident love of life. She also is one of the best hair braiders I have ever met! I was very excited when she told me that she wrote a food and hair-do blog, and even more pumped when I started reading it!


WithBritt features tons of yummy healthy recipes, many of which centered around Britt’s passion for raw food- and not just boring raw food, but amazing, decadent, gourmet raw food- like cakes, gelatos, smoothies, and even entire raw entrees. Yes, I did say raw CAKES! Her recipes are so inspiring, I cannot wait to get home and try them. I hope you enjoy her work as much as I have!

Here is a fun and easy recipe from her site– enjoy!



RAW Chocolate GELATO?! What?! Just let the thought sink in for just a moment!

Okay! So, it’s true! You can enjoy creamy, luscious, sweetness of the Italian goodness and still be electrifying your pores, immune system, and skin! I have been playing around with this recipe for many months now and I think I have finally nailed down the perfect combination that would tickle even an Italian’s tongue!

-3 ripe bananas, peeled and frozen
-6 tablespoons of Agave Nectar
-1/4 cup cacao powder
-1/4 cup hazelnuts (if desired)

-Place the frozen bananas and agave nectar in a food processor or blender and process until smooth. This may take a while, so be patient! I usually use my spatula to help break up the bananas apart after a few minutes of processing! When the bananas have turned creamy, add the cacao and continue mixing! If you are nutty, like myself, go ahead and add in the hazelnuts (or your favorite nut) and mix until the nuts are as small or big as you like!

-Enjoy immediately! The gelato is at it’s best creaminess when it is freshly blended but you can also pour into a container and it will last for weeks for you to enjoy! But if your family is like mine, this RAW Chocolate Gelato does not last very long!! Which is the best form of a compliment!!!

Have you tried any new recipes lately? Have any blogs you follow religiously? Leave them in the comments! Have a great day!