By guest writer, Kate Lamay, Holistic Health Coach

I remember vividly the last time I ate a “regular” gluten-filled REAL cheese pizza. It was my junior year of college, and yes, it tasted delicious, but I paid for it with intense nausea, hives and some serious un-fun side effects.

That was the beginning of the end for me with cheese. Trust me when I say, the cons started to outweigh the pros. As I’ve learned more, I’ve had plenty of people suggest I try lactose-free cheese (like parm!), goats milk cheese and many more. Sure, I could stomach those cheeses MUCH better than the cheese on a Dominos pizza, BUT I still felt blah after I ate them.

Enter: Nutritional Yeast.

Having worked through the Candida diet a few times (this is something top of mind at the moment), I always saw the word yeast and thought AVOID. Thankfully my former roommates put an end to that foolishness and taught me their wise ways!

Here are 8 things I never knew about nutritional yeast before living with my fab health-conscious, vegetarian pals.

1: Nutritional Yeast is free of candida albicans.Hooray! If your gut is as sensitive as mine, this is a HUGE win.

2: It’s an EXCELLENT source of Vitamin B-12…AND iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, chromium, selenium, and other minerals as well as 18 amino acids, protein, folic acid, biotin, and other vitamins. And we’re talking just 1 TBSP here.

3: Depending on the Whole Foods Market where you shop, it can be found in both the bulk section and the Whole Body supplement section. If you want to try just a little bit at first, bulk is the way to go.

4: Sprinkle some nutritional yeast on your popcorn with a little bit of olive oil and sea salt. You will thank me later.

5: The cheese factor! Nutritional yeast is beloved by vegans because it enables you get a snazzy cheese-like flavor. I love this “Alrfedo” recipe.

6: Sprinkle on kale chips. Voila, a major upgrade.

7: You steamed some vegetables but they look kind of plain? Throw a little bit of nutritional yeast on there. I love doing this with freshly steamed asparagus.

8: Here’s one that I just learned…you can replace breadcrumbs with nutritional yeast and it will act as a binder in a recipe. Amazing tip especially for gluten free folks.

 

kate lamie2Holistic Health Coach and Yoga Teacher, Katie Lamie. Katie is a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She is passionate about helping individuals tap into vibrant health. She works with her clients to reduce cravings, explore and prepare new foods, increase their energy and find time for physical movement. Katie also specializes in helping clients struggling with digestive disorders.  www.kisforkale.com

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