Updated: Oct 7, 2021
This creamy and ultra-satisfying dressing has none of those unnecessary ingredients that are going to taint your nourishing bowl of veggies. It's incredibly easy to whip up (all you need is a blender), and it's filled with metabolism-boosting, hormone-supporting, and mood-enhancing B vitamins. Seriously, I'm not exaggerating!
This dressing is for you if you are:
b) chronically stressed
c) have hormonal imbalances
or d) ALL OF THE ABOVE
How does nutritional yeast support all these various aspects of our health?
As I mentioned, nutritional yeast has naturally occurring vitamin B1 (thiamin), vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), AND vitamin B6 (pyridoxine). Many companies such as Bob's Red Mill fortify their nutritional yeast so they also contain vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B9 (folate) and vitamin B12.
The B family is responsible for taking the food we eat and converting it into usable energy. Aside from supporting metabolism and proper digestion, they do many other cool things such as:
1) support production of creatine (hello strong muscles and happy mood!)
2) help us make hemoglobin - a molecule that carries oxygen and prevents anemia
3) help us make neurotransmitters (such as serotonin, melatonin, and dopamine)
4) support clearance of excess histamine - a molecule that's involved in normal immune response but when there's too much of it, can cause allergy-like symptoms, digestive issues, and irregular periods.
Plus the vitamin B6 in nutritional yeast is also great for relieving symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). WHY?
When we have higher estrogen levels circulating in the body (either from the pill, during pregnancy, or during ovulation when our estrogen levels peak), our needs for this vitamin are actually a lot higher.
In a double-blinded placebo-controlled clinical trial, women were randomly assigned to one of three groups (placebo, magnesium supplement, or magnesium plus vitamin B6) and their PMS symptoms were recorded after two menstrual cycles. The biggest decrease in PMS symptoms was noted in the Magnesium plus vitamin B6 group, which is not surprising given all we know about this vitamin's role in supporting progesterone/GABA synthesis, estrogen detoxification, and reducing inflammation in the body.
HOPEFULLY I HAVE CONVINCED YOU ALL TO TRY THIS DRESSING BY NOW 😁
1 cup fortified nutritional yeast
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup toasted sesame oil (can omit and do 1/2 cup EVOO)
4-5 garlic cloves
1/3 cup vinegar of your choice (I rotate between apple cider and red wine vinegar)
1/4 cup organic soy sauce or coconut aminos
pinch of black pepper
few tablespoons of water (optional - depending on your desired consistency)
Blend on high setting for 15-20 seconds and store in an airtight container in the fridge. Use 1-2 Tablespoons daily on salads, as veggie dip, or as a creamy sauce. Remember, B vitamins are HEAT SENSITIVE so try to consume RAW more often.
Lisa Makeeva, RD
Master of Applied Nutrition