Nutritional Yeast. A vegan’s drug, really. If you look into a pantry of (almost) every vegan, you are bound to find the beautiful gold flakes that is nutritional yeast. Also known as nooch. What is Nutritional Yeast though?
Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast– tasty sounding, I know. The yeast is grown on a food source, like molasses. When it’s ready it’s killed with heat, harvested, washed, dried, and then packaged. Mmm! It’s super vegan though, I promise.
Packed with a ridiculous amount of nutrition (like vitamin B-12– get ready for some very yellow pee!), it’s a staple in most meatless diets. It’s also a great way to make anything taste 1000x better. Vegan mac’ n cheese, anyone? I have such a love for Nooch, I have given it it’s own form of being:
The Nooch monster. A true friend. A friendly monster, if you will. One tablespoon of this bad boy can contain:
- 180% B1
- 160% B2
- 70% B3
- 140% B6
- 40% Folic Acid
- 40% B12
- 3 grams of protein
- 1 gram of fiber
Who are we fooling? We all add at least 1/4 cup per meal. No? Just me? B vitamins help support the immune system. With a weak immune system, you could risk a fatal sickness. Basically that means The Nooch Monster saves lives.
You’re probably wondering: How do I use it though?
Well, first you take a big sniff at the yeasty goodness that is nooch. After, I would start by adding a small amount to any of your favorite recipes and have a taste. Some people sprinkle it over popcorn or pasta, add it to soups, or eat a few flakes straight from the jar. That may just be me as well.
Just a heads up, it’s not the cheapest item you could buy. It ranges from $4.50 up to $10.00. However, it lasts a really long time and makes everything taste fantastic. Definitely an investment I would recommend- right next to buying a house. If you do end up going out and buying some nooch, please let me know how much you love (or hate) it! In the meantime, just remember Nooch cares. Nooch is there for you.