Is Nutritional Yeast Good For Kids?

The challenges of dealing with a fussy eater are known all too well by mothers everywhere. What we also know is that very few kids will turn down anything with cheese on it. This is why nooch is ideal to use when cooking for your kids.

You can make them the healthiest snack, and sprinkle some “cheese” on it – expect it to be devoured in no time.

Not to mention that it packs in more nutrients in just two teaspoons than any other food ever will. Read on to get a lowdown of how nutritional yeast will benefit your children, and what’s the best way to use it for them.

nutritional yeast for kids

Growing children need their proteins

Children have slightly higher protein requirements owing to the fact that they are in a growing phase in their life. However, if your child is vegetarian, vegan or lactose-intolerant, getting their protein intake through pulses and nuts alone, might be a little challenging. In such cases, one to two servings of nutritional yeast per day can go a long way. Also, it is an easy-to-digest protein, that is unlikely to cause any tummy troubles.

Great way to pack in some nutrients

Most children are fussy with their eating habits – whether it’s to do with not eating the right foods, or not wanting to eat at all, every parent would know the troubles. Very small quantities of nooch will deliver a lot of nutrients, making it ultra handy for parents.

Makes healthy snacking so much easier

Which child is going to be excited by baked zucchini for an evening snack? Yet if you sprinkled it with some nooch aka parmesan, they’re more likely to give it a shot, and in fact, they’ll love the cheesiness! Parents, you can rejoice as you throw out those bags of unhealthy chips that your kids have been munching on every evening.

Super add-on for baby food

Nutritional yeast makes for an incredible add-on to your infant’s or toddler’s porridge meals. Considering their tiny tummies and little appetites, nutritional yeast delivers so much in so little!

Makes desserts nutritious

Everyone’s jumping on the salted caramel bandwagon. If only the added salt could be healthy? Nutritional yeast is incredibly versatile, making it a great way to add a little saltiness to your sweet treats. Also, it’s an amazing parenting hack to get their children eat nutrients through desserts (as opposed to empty calories). Read on to see how you can use it in a dessert!

  • It contains only 39.7 calories, 3.82 grams of carbohydrates, and less than 0.6 gram of fat. It’s got no trans fats, and no cholesterol.
  • It is a source of 18 amino acids, making it one of the few vegetarian sources of a complete protein, with 4.5 grams in 2 tsp.
  • Rich in dietary fibre, giving you about 1.4 grams per serving.
  • A great gluten-free option for those with a sensitive gut.
  • It is a rich source of all the B vitamins like riboflavin, thiamine, B6, niacin, and folate, providing nearly 100% of your daily requirement.
  • It contains minerals like copper, magnesium, iron, selenium, zinc, and manganese.
  • It has no added sugars or preservatives.

How to use nutritional yeast for your kids (application)

  • Use it as a replacement for cheese in mac & cheese, tacos, pastas, sandwiches, and almost anything that goes with cheese.
  • Add it to desserts such as chocolates peanut butter truffles or other desserts such as salted caramel, that go a long way with a salty touch.
  • Nutritional yeast flakes make for an excellent addition to savory porridge recipes such as oats or millet porridge.
  • Sprinkle it over popcorn to make a delicious evening snack for children.
  • Replace the cheese in tacos with nutritional yeast to maintain a cheesy flavour, similar to parmesan, only healthier.

What are the benefits of nutritional yeast for kids?

Nutritional yeast is rich in several vitamins, minerals, and nutrients such as B6, B12, zinc, iron, folate, selenium, manganese, magnesium, and is a great source of plant-based, dairy and gluten free complete proteins for children (contains all nine essential amino acids). Moreover, it has been linked with improved immune system function, improved digestion due to probiotic factor, antibacterial, and antiviral properties.

Is nutritional yeast dangerous for children?

Nutritional yeast has no known harms or dangers to children when eaten in moderation – 2 teaspoons a day is an ideal serving for a child. However, if the child is allergic to it, nutritional yeast may be avoided. Additionally, if your child has been diagnosed with high levels of purines or gout, they should avoid consumption.

Does nutritional yeast have MSG or MSG like compounds in it?

Nutritional yeast doesn’t in fact contain MSG. The belief that it contains MSG stems from the fact that it has glutamic acid. While glutamic acid is an amino acid, MSG is a synthetically made salt of glutamic acid. It is come to be known that naturally occuring glutamic acids don’t have the same effects on the body as a synthetic MSG compound does. That said, if you are allergic to glutamic acid, it might be advisable to discontinue the use of nutritional yeast.

Does nutritional yeast have artificial colouring, added sugar, or other additives that might harm children?

Our nutritional yeast doesn’t contain any added sugars, artificial colouring, or harmful additives. It is completely safe for consumption.

Can everyone including children eat nutritional yeast?

Nutritional yeast can be safely consumed by anyone and everyone, including infants, toddlers, and children (except those who are allergic to it). In fact, it is a great added source of vital minerals, vitamins, and nutrient that will benefit the health of children.

How do I use nutritional yeast in children’s recipes?

Nutritional yeast is an incredibly versatile dietary ingredient that can be used to enhance the taste and nutritional profile of a number of foods such as soups, salads, pastas, and sandwiches. Children would also enjoy the cheesy flavour on pizzas, popcorn, macaroni & cheese etc. You may even use it in certain desserts to add a salty, yet healthy touch. For toddlers, it can be added to meals such as porridge, that will ensure you child get all the vital nutrients from it.

How much nutritional yeast can I give my child per day?

2 teaspoons is the recommended serving size of nutritional yeast per day. For infants, you may use a lesser quantity.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • Large sweet potatoes – 2
  • Olive oil – 2 Tbsp
  • Fresh garlic, finely chopped – 1 tsp
  • Paprika – ½ tsp
  • Salt – ½ tsp
  • Lemon juice – 1 tsp
  • Nutritional yeast flakes – 2 Tbsp

Steps

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 C. Line a baking tray with foil or parchment paper.
  2. Thoroughly peel, wash, and dry the potatoes. Cut into fingers of 1×3 inches, or of your preferred size.
  3. Mix the fresh garlic, paprika, salt, and 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast to the olive oil.
  4. Coat the potatoes in the oil & seasoning mixture.
  5. Arrange coated potatoes on a parchment paper on the baking tray, and place in the preheated oven. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
  6. Once the potatoes are cooked, drizzle with lemon juice.
  7. Finally, sprinkle with nutritional yeast flakes for a cheesy touch.
Baked Sweet Potato Fries recipe
Baked Sweet Potato Fries

‘Nooch’ cheese dip

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • Olive Oil – 4 Tbsp
  • All purpose flour – 2 Tbsp
  • Unsweetened non-dairy milk – 2 cups
  • Mustard – 1 tsp
  • Nutritional yeast – 3 Tbsp
  • Mixed herbs – to taste
  • Salt – to taste
  • Pepper – to taste

Steps

  1. Add the olive oil to a sauce pan and place on medium heat.
  2. Add in the flour to the olive oil and whisk it to form a pasty texture.
  3. Gradually add the milk while stirring vigorously and continuously, so as to prevent lumps from forming.
  4. Stir on low heat for a few minutes until after boiling point, or till the sauce thicken to your preference (bare in mind, it will thicken further upon cooling).
  5. After the sauce has started to thicken a little add in the mustard, nutritional yeast, mixed herbs, salt and pepper.
  6. Use this as a dipping sauce, or use a thinner consistency to pour over vegetables.
Vegan Cheese Dip
Cheese Dip