The One Superfood You Should Be Eating Every Day
I’ve found one superfood that you can sneak into pretty much any dish and it has HUGE benefits for your health. It’s called nutritional yeast.
Nutritional yeast is available as a yellow, flaky powder. It has a nutty, cheesy taste. Vegans and those avoiding dairy products use nutritional yeast to add a cheesy flavor to their dishes and even to make “faux” cheese. You won’t believe all of the nutrients that come in this simple yellow powder:
- Lots of B vitamins
- Trace minerals including zinc, iron and selenium
- High-quality proteins (all 9 of the amino acids that your body can’t produce and that we need from our diet!)
The health benefits of nutritional yeast are incredible:
- It boosts immunity and fights allergies and asthma
- It increases energy
- It is anti-bacterial
- It helps repair tissue and wounds
- It improves digestion (and is easily digestible!)
- It promotes healthy nails and skin (and fights acne!)
- It gives you more mental clarity and focus
- It may prevent cardiovascular disease
- It strengthens bones
- It promotes healthy vision and may even fight the development of cataracts
- It promotes a positive mood
- It promotes better sleep at night
A couple of quick notes here:
- Eating nutritional yeast is safe for you and won’t create any yeast or infections in your body
- Nutritional yeast is NOT the same as brewer’s yeast
Ok…now that you see how incredible this superfood is, how do you find good-quality nutritional yeast?
You’ll want to look for the kind that is non-fortified. Fortified nutritional yeast typically contains added synthetic vitamins. One tip for determining whether the product you’re looking at is fortified (if it doesn’t say on the package) is to look for B12 in the list of ingredients. This vitamin doesn’t naturally occur in nutritional yeast, so if B12 is listed, it has been fortified.
Now that you know what to look for and you know how great it is for you, you may be wondering, “Well, how can I incorporate it into my diet?” I’m glad you asked! I’d recommend eating a teaspoon per day. There are a myriad of simple ways you can add nutritional yeast to your dishes. Here are just a few:
- Sprinkle it over popcorn
- Sprinkle it over veggies
- Add it to smoothies
- Sprinkle it over salads
- Use it in soups and stews (not only does it add cheesy flavor, it also acts as a thickener!)
- Sprinkle it over your favorite Italian dishes instead of using parmesan cheese
- Mix it in with a spoonful of your favorite nut butter
- Sprinkle it over avocado toast
- Mix it into guacamole (I discovered this one by accident…yum!)
- Roast your own nuts using coconut oil, garlic powder, sea salt and nutritional yeast.
Now that you know how good nutritional yeast is for you and you know how to purchase and use it…go forth and conquer your health goals and your meals!
If you’ve already been using nutritional yeast, I’d love to hear how you incorporate it into your dishes. Let me know by commenting below!
Here’s to Loving the Skin You’re In,
- Dr. Eric Berg. (2017). Health Coach Certification Program.