Nutritional Yeast

January 12, 2011

There’s no better way to start my morning than a hot bowl of oats (loaded with my favorite toppings) after a cold run! ๐Ÿ™‚

old-fashioned oats (with a boat-load of other things mixed in) + banana + sunflower seed butter + Pistachio Orange Granola my sister made for me (delicious!)

Once again, I woke up sounding like I was ready to cough up a lung, but I still desperately wanted to run, so out I went for a dark, cold run. Not ideal conditions, but I’m too addicted to give it up. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I really wanted to run for an hour today, and that’s exactly how long it took me to complete 7 miles. Overall, it was a pretty decent run. I really tried to pick up the pace a little and run closer to my “summer” (8 minutes/mile) pace.

Craig and I also went to the gym tonight, where I did 30 minutes on the elliptical. It was a nice, light workout to loosen up my muscles. My muscles (quads, abs, and arms) are still sore from my weight lifting session on Monday.

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Nutritional yeast seems to been one of the latest crazes among foodies.

What is nutritional yeast?

– It is a deactivated yeast.

– It is similar to brewer’s yeast.

– A good source of protein and vitamins.

– The taste has been described as nutty or cheesy.

– A popular item among vegans to be used as a cheese substitute.

Where can nutritional yeast be found?

I found this is the bulk section of my local grocery store.

I’ve now made a handful of recipes using this yellow powder that reminds me of flaky fish food. And actually it was a part of both my lunch and dinner today.

First up lunch: “Cheesy” Chickpea Quinoa and Spinach

(Recipe courtesy of Chelsey from Clean Eating Chelsey)

Quinoa mixed with chickpeas and nutritional yeast served over a bed of wilted spinach.

I also enjoyed a Honey Graham Clif Z Bar for lunch.

Then for dinner tonight, I had a serving of the Vegan Macaroni and Cheese I made last night.

We loved this dish so much all 6 servings are completely gone!

I also had steamed broccoli and a salad. The salad dressing I used was another recipe which contained nutritional yeast.

I followed Emily‘s recipe for her Favorite Homemade Salad Dressing and drizzled it on my salad tonight. That’s all I’ve got for today. Two more work days, and then a 3-day weekend! Yipee! Craig and I are already making plans, and I can’t wait!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Random Question

What is the first thing you do after waking up in the morning?

I always have to go to the bathroom. Then I put my running clothes on.

8 Comments
    1. 1) Hit snooze, it is 4:40 am after all ๐Ÿ™‚
      2) Go to the bathroom
      3) Shower – this is the first half of my wake-up process, second being coffee!

      I would love to run in the morning before work, but I start so dang early it just isn’t a realistic option.

      It seems like you’ve been doing a lot of vegan food lately, any reason?

      1. Ew! I thought 5:00 was bad enough.

        No, no special reason for all the vegan foods. It was purely coincidence.

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