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5 Delicious Ways to Add Nutritional Yeast to Your Diet

If “nutty” and “delicious” aren’t the first words that come to mind when you think of nutritional yeast, then you probably just haven’t had a chance to try KAL’s tasty lineup yet.

Nutritional yeast, sometimes called “nooch” by superfans, is both delicious and packed with nutritional value. Because it contains vitamin B, nutritional yeast is especially popular among those who don’t eat red meat and want to ensure they’re getting enough of this vital nutrient, like vegans.

In addition to a wide range of vitamins, nutritional yeast also features trace amounts of naturally occurring protein and an assortment of essential amino acids. With so much to offer from a nutritional standpoint, it’s a great bonus that nutritional yeast has such a naturally appealing flavor, too.

Whether you opt for regular nutritional yeast powder, or a flavored version like our black garlic nutritional yeast, you’ll have plenty of options when using this versatile ingredient in the kitchen.

Nutritional Yeast

Cooking with Nutritional Yeast

When it comes to incorporating nutritional yeast into your diet, the sky’s the limit. No matter if you stick to a vegan diet and want to add some extra nutritive value to your meals, or you simply love the cheesy flavor of nutritional yeast, you’ll have no trouble finding a recipe that works for you.

You can get as creative as you’d like with your culinary endeavors, or keep things simple for a nutritious snack. Check out these 5 ideas to get some inspiration for how you can incorporate nutritional yeast into your family’s diet:

Vegan Mac 'n Cheese

Vegan Mac and Cheese

Because KAL nutritional yeast has a delightfully cheesy flavor, it’s a great addition to vegan dishes like this one. Cashew cream is commonly used to create the luxurious texture you crave from mac and cheese, and nutritional yeast helps bring the flavor up to the level you expect.

Spinach Basil Pesto

Spinach Basil Pesto

Pesto pairs perfectly with everything from pizza and pasta to sandwiches and salads; nutritional yeast can once again sub in for cheese so you can use this healthy powerhouse in place of parmesan in your pesto recipe without missing out on any flavor.

"Nooch" Popcorn

"Nooch" Popcorn

When you’re simply in the mood for something to munch on, sprinkling nutritional yeast on top of popcorn is a great way to elevate the flavor and value of your snack. In fact, you can use this same trick with sweet potato fries, trail mix and other snacks—we even offer a nutritional yeast shaker to make this easier.

Tofu Scramble

Tofu Scramble

For a delicious and nutritious start to the day, some extra-firm tofu, veggies and nutritional yeast complement each other perfectly in a nourishing scramble. Alternatively, you could opt for eggs instead of tofu, but there’s no shortage of flavor in the vegan version.

Creamy Vegetable Soup

Creamy Vegetable Soup

Gather some coconut cream, your favorite soup-making vegetables and some nutritional yeast for a batch of delicious soup to keep you warm on chilly days and provide added nutritional support.


Providing your family with a well-balanced diet is important, but offering delicious meals and snacks is a top priority, too. KAL can help you accomplish both objectives at once when you try out these creative nutritional yeast ideas packed with flavor and nutrition in equal measure!