New Year Cleanse: Day 10 — Yes! It's Nutritional Yeast - The North County Moms

Nutritional yeast is fun to have around, on or off the cleanse. On the cleanse, I use it as a parmesan cheese-like substitute. It’s umami flavor (a savory taste profile) is unique yet became slightly addictive once I got accustomed to eating it.


Maria’s Cleanse Notes 

One of the bonuses of nutritional yeast, is it’s versatility. “Nooch” (nutritional yeast’s nickname) has the ability to give you a sense that you’re eating something other than what’s actually in your mouth. For instance, my bowl of organic brown rice pasta with sprinkled nutritional yeast smacks of a typical bowl of pasta tossed in grated parmesan. Ever make homemade baked kale chips? They’re better with a dousing of “nooch”. I’ll be making a soup later this week. Guess what I’ll be using as a thickening agent with a savory undertone? Discover more about nooch in my nutritional yeast post from last year.

Plus, on top of it all, as the name implies, nutritional yeast is packed with nutrients, which my collaborative partner on this post, nutritionist, Francesca Orlando, will elaborate on below. So you can see why on a cleanse this essential condiment or supplemental ingredient is key to any cleanser’s repertoire to enhance recipes, plated dishes, and fortified snacks.

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Francesca’s Take

Nutritional yeast is a versatile and nutrient-rich food often used in plant-based diets. It is an excellent source of B vitamins, including B12, which are crucial for energy metabolism and nervous system function. With its savory and cheese-like flavor, nutritional yeast serves as a flavorful seasoning or topping, enhancing the taste of various dishes. Rich in protein and fiber, it supports satiety and muscle maintenance.

Nutritional yeast is often fortified with essential minerals like zinc and selenium, further contributing to overall health. The presence of beta-glucans in nutritional yeast may also support immune function. Incorporating nutritional yeast into your meals adds a savory kick and boosts nutrients, particularly for those following plant-based or vegan diets.

Hello, I’m Francesca, and I’m genuinely thrilled to join forces with Maria on this extraordinary detox journey. With 14 years of dedicated experience as an integrative nutritionist, I hold a Master’s in Integrative Nutrition and am certified as a health and wellness coach. My distinctive approach seamlessly blends science-based nutrition with the art and science of coaching, guaranteeing each client a holistic and personalized experience. What sets me apart is not just my wealth of knowledge but my genuine passion for witnessing my clients thrive.

Currently pursuing a doctorate in Integrative Health, I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to bring the latest insights and advancements. My commitment to staying at the forefront of integrative health ensures I can offer cutting-edge strategies to support the well-being of my clients. Please feel free to reach out if you have questions or comments. I look forward to supporting your journey toward optimal health and vitality.

To see access the daily updated menu of 2024 cleanse posts, please visit the Jumpstart January – 2024 Cleanse: María Felicia’s Daily Online Journal

Written by Maria Felicia Kelley with contributions by Francesca Orlando
Maria Felicia Kelley is not a medical doctor. The cleanse and fasting benefits she discusses in this post are derived from her own experiences and observations. Individuals should consult their own healthcare providers when eliminating foods from their diets.
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