Have You Tried Nutritional Yeast Flakes?

Good morning everyone and how are you doing this blustery, chilly day? I am normally so against the cold but even I have to admit, 80 degrees is just not normal for December! Maybe cooler weather will put me more in the spirit of things, lately,  I have just not been feeling it. Then again, I wasn’t feeling well so maybe that’s the problem. Anyway, today is better since I have been feeling almost back to normal! One of the first things I did this morning was cook egg cups for David’s breakfast.

Egg cups make a great portable breakfast!

I couldn’t reach the turmeric and didn’t want to bother with a ladder, so I decided to sneak in different beneficial ingredients…nutritional yeast flakes! Have you heard of these? They give food a cheesy protein-filled boost, and they are also a great source of fiber, amino acids, and vitamins. They can be sprinkled on popcorn, mixed into smoothies or casseroles, or as a seasoning for salads, soups, and gravies. One and a half tablespoons provide 4g of fiber and 8g of protein, and also 320mg of potassium.

Choose flakes that are GMO free and have Vit B12

Nutritional yeast has several benefits too:

  • It’s an inactive form of yeast, so no problem for people with yeast overgrowth
  • Antiviral and antibacterial properties
  • Promotes healthy hair, skin, and nails
  • Improves digestion
  • Might aid in weight loss due to protein and thiamine
  • great for vegans and vegetarians as a non-animal source of protein

Don’t confuse Nutritional yeast with Brewer’s yeast, it is meant for flavoring-not brewing beer. They are grown from the same type of fungus which is usually grown on sugar beets, sugar beet molasses or sugar cane molasses, therefore making it gluten-free. Look for yeast flakes that are grown on sugarcane molasses for the best quality flakes.

Nutritional yeast flakes can be found in most health food stores, store it in a dark, cool cabinet where it will keep up to two years. It can also be stored in the refrigerator. I like to use it in places I would normally use cheese sprinkles for a bit of salty, savory flavor. Try it on just-popped popcorn for a real treat!

Personally, I can’t imagine it in smoothies, since the flavor is kind of nutty and cheesy, so I think I’ll stick to chia and flax seeds for that. Do try them though and let me know what you think. Now that I’m in a cooking mood, I may have to give some Paleo Christmas cookies a try! I found some on Pinterest last night that were so adorable! If I do, I’ll take pics if they don’t become a Pinterest fail!

Yall enjoy my snowflakes (if they are showing up) I get to keep them until Jan 4th! See ya later, on the patio!

Welcome To My New Test Site

I want to welcome all my visitors/followers/readers and prospective clients to my newly renamed website where I’m attempting a collaboration between my blog Kimmy’s Patio and my old writer’s website.

Here I plan to showcase stories, essays and articles that I’ve written around the web and mix it up with product reviews, promote my favorite books and bloggers and help you find what you’re looking for, whether it be the best course for freelancing,to the products that help you live the healthiest life-I want you to find it here.

I need your honest feedback to make this work, so if you see something that needs improvement, or have a question about something, please let me know in the comments. This is a work in progress, so be kind and let’s see if we can help each other succeed. Once I finish my course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing, expect to see more posts on relevant products and courses that pertain to writing, in addition to posts and my favorite Paleo products like I talk about on the patio. I don’t see why combining these two worlds can’t work out, but if you see a problem with it, please don’t hesitate to point it out.

I’ll also be pointing to images on Pinterest and Instagram to increase my reach and showcase more of my favorite posts and products, as well as tools and tricks of the trades.

Thanks for being here to check me out, wish me luck and help me, help you!

Why You Should Get Your Daily Flax Fix

Why You Should Get Your Daily Flax Fix

There has been much talk lately about the benefits of incorporating flax into one’s diet, however, many people are still not jumping on the flax bandwagon. Why are people so reluctant to try this amazing seed is anyone’s guess, when it provides so many nutritional and disease fighting benefits. Let’s investigate a few of those and attempt to identify and allay those fears shall we?
It Will Affect They Way My Food Tastes

Not at all! You can simply add to smoothies, muffins or top off your salads, and never know it is in there. Flax may add a level of texture not normally found in your favorite foods, but you shouldn’t notice any difference in the taste. Your smoothie may be slightly chewy, however, that’s no different than when you add coconut- which is a delicious addition as well by the way! If anything, you might notice a little nutty flavor which in most cases adds a new layer of flavor you might find delightful.

I’ll Never Get Out Of The Bathroom

This is simply not true. Most people find that because flax provides a low carb source of dietary fiber, they simply “go” on a regular basis- something that women should find as a positive benefit, since we are notorious for having problems with constipation. Two tablespoons provide around 6 gms of fiber, which is about 15-25% of the amount one should incorporate daily. Flax seeds also contain mucilage, a gel forming fiber, which helps keep food from emptying to fast into the small intestine, a benefit since it can increase the nutrient absorption. Besides, it helps to detox the colon which could lower the risk of colon cancer and help fight Crohn’s disease by reducing inflammation in the lining of the stomach. As long as one doesn’t overdo it- a tablespoon or two a day is all it takes, it should not cause stomach pain or loose bowels.

It Is Too Hard To Incorporate Into My Diet

Again, this is an unfounded rumor because flax is sold in many different forms and does not have to be ground to enjoy, but it is easier to use that way. One can add it whole when topping a salad for instance, just sprinkle a few seeds on like you would when adding any other nut or seed like walnuts or sunflower seeds. Or, it can be purchased already ground and used by the tablespoon to add to a smoothie, baked goods, and soups. If one simply gets into the habit of adding some flax to your food, you will enjoy so many benefits like lower cholesterol, weight loss, and healthier skin and hair! Dr Axe at draxe.com says that the ALA fats in flax can help reduce dryness and flakiness of skin by providing the needed fats and b-vitamins. Also the fact that flax provides a gluten free option for those wanting to get off the inflammatory grains like wheat, means that it could help those suffering from Celiac disease. Adding a tablespoon or two to your daily smoothie, you are replacing one meal a day with a delicious home made smoothie, right, can add antioxidants, or lignans, which can aid in balancing out hormones and provide anti-aging benefits. It’s a habit easy to learn and not hard to keep, once you start reaping the benefits.

Storage Is A Pain

Nothing could be further from the truth! One simply transfers it from the bag it is purchased in to a gallon storage bag and tosses it into the freezer to keep it fresh. That way, when you reach in to get your frozen fruit to add to the smoothie, take out your bag-o-flax and dip out a tablespoon or two of it’s golden goodness and toss it in with the other ingredients. Easy peasy! It is a low cost way to protect yourself from inflammation and disease and could even reduce the symptoms of menopause! Just by keeping it in an air proof container or ziplock bag keeps it from going rancid and affecting the efficacy of the oils found in the flax. By the way, flax can be purchased in the form of oil as well, making it even easier to add to a soup or smoothie. Whole seeds can be stored in a cool dry place for months. Either way, there is no reason not to get some in your daily diet and start enjoying the many benefits it provides.

Fact is, flax provides so many vitamins and minerals as found in an article at nutrition-and-you.com, you would be hard pressed to find a better oil or seed to add to your daily routine. The benefits far outweigh the negative ideas some folks seem to have associated with them. My hope is, after reading this post, you’ll give flax a chance and start enjoying better health!

Kim Smyth is a freelance writer from Texas, living in the DFW metroplex. She enjoys blogging about lots of topics and her Paleo lifestyle at Kimmy’s Patio. She has been writing and blogging on these subjects and more for her freelance writing business and also works part-time as a caregiver and enjoys spending time with family, playing with her two Shorkies, reading, music and occasionally lounging by the pool.