I hope you have been having a wonderful holiday season! Before we turn the page on 2011, I thought it might be fun to ask a quick question.
Last year, my new favorite food was nutritional yeast. Although it’s easily dismissed as “hippie health food,” this stuff is definitely worthy of consideration, if only for its great taste. I love the versatile, cheesy-nutty flavor (especially sprinkled on popcorn!), and it adds a savory Umami flavor to soups and other dishes. Oh yeah, and there are all those B vitamins it delivers (Vegans: It’s a good idea to choose a brand that is fortified with B-12). So when I finally tried it last year, it quickly became my favorite new food.
This year, my discovery is hulled hemp seeds. Like nutritional yeast, they’re both healthy and delicious (swoon!). Hemp seeds are a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids, a “complete” protein source, and very high in several other vitamins and minerals. I’ve been sprinkling them on my morning oatmeal, on top of a bowl of greek yogurt, or just blending them into a smoothie. I think they taste like sunflower seeds — but with less of a crunch. Yum!
What’s your new favorite food discovery of 2011? Let us know in the comments!
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Photo by Evelyn Parham.