Nutritional yeast has long been used by vegans as a naturally dairy-free cheese substitute because of its nutty, earthy, umami qualities. But this mustard-yellow powder is now attracting even more fans because of its stellar nutrition profile.
Nicknamed nooch, yeshi and hippie dust, nutritional yeast is not the same as yeast used to make bread-it's heated and dried so it doesn't rise.
Two tablespoons of the flakes provides about 3 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber. Plus, it's a good source of minerals and B vitamins.
Look for the golden flakes and powder-they can be used interchangeably-on natural-foods-store shelves, in bulk bins or online.