Thursday, January 10, 2013

Nutritional Yeast

Have you ever heard of nutritional yeast?  I hadn't until last April when I went to our local Natural Living Expo.  My husband and I attended a cooking demonstration put on by a raw food chef.   She made us Cheesy Cauliflower Popcorn.  It was delicious!  The star of the show was nutritional yeast.

You might be wondering WHY I would want to eat yeast?  Well, nutritional yeast isn't really yeast.  It is a great source of protein, amino acids, iron, B vitamins, and potassium.  Can I just tell you how much this stuff rocks?!

My favorite way to eat it is sprinkled on popcorn.  Nutritional yeast has a cheesy taste and is great to use as a cheese replacement.  We also like to add it on top of our pasta sauces.  

I cannot find it in my local grocery store (my small town organic store closed), so I order mine on Amazon.  Their are several different brands, but I use Red Star.  This is the brand the chef used in the demonstration, so I have just stuck with it.  

If you are trying to get healthier, lose weight, live a cleaner lifestyle, ect then I would recommend trying nutritional yeast as a cheese replacement for certain dishes.  
Let me know what you think of nutritional yeast!

Side Note:  If you live in the middle of nowhere, like me, then it might be hard to find some of these products in your local grocery store.  Amazon is a GREAT way to get these food products.  If you don't have Prime I HIGHLY recommend getting it.  We get free two day shipping on almost everything we buy!  And we buy a lot from Amazon.  I hate having to drive 30-50 minutes (one way!) to get to a store that carries what I need.


  1. Interesting! I will be most sure to check this stuff out. Thanks!

  2. Just discovered your blog, so full of such great info! Quick question, when you posted about nutritional yeast you mentioned Cheesy Cauliflower Popcorn and wondered if you had a recipe that you could share? I looked up some on line but sometimes the best ones are the tried & true!

    Thanks for your time!~Dona

    1. Hi Dona! Here is the recipe I got from a raw food chef. My husband and I really like it! Next time I make it I will take a picture and post the recipe as well. Until then here is the recipe I use. Enjoy!



      1 head cauliflower florets chopped into bite-sized pieces

      2-4 tablespoons nutritional yeast

      1-2 teaspoons garlic powder

      1 teaspoon sea salt

      2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

      Splash water

      To taste black pepper

      Put all ingredients into a gallon size zip lock bag (or a reusable Tupperware-type container) and shake until cauliflower is thoroughly coated with mixture.

  3. 'Thank You' so much! Picking up cauliflower today!~Dona

  4. what else can you use nutritional yeast for? do you have more recipes?