In this LifeHacker article, they talk about adding Chia seeds, hemp seeds, nutritional yeast, oat bran, nori, cacao nibs, and wheat germ as a "seasoning" to add nutritional content.
I'll admit, most of the items are seeds or grain derivatives, thus containing stuff I don't want. However; nutritional yeast sounds interesting - especially because the way it's described sounds like a flavor that I would dig. I already use Nori for sushi-like wraps, as well as fry it crispy in coconut oil, but as far as just dicing and sprinkling onto stuff, haven't tried that.
So, any PH'ers experiment with using any of these items in their Paleo cookbooks?
How did it turn out?
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on February 21, 2012
at 03:12 PM
I believe that chia seeds and hemp seeds can be incorporated into paleo eating, however all the usual caveats about omega-3,6 ratios apply. These are just seeds -- pretty neutral, but don't overdo it. There may or may not be some phytochemicals to avoid in them; if you're really curious more research would be needed.
If you can handle cocoa, stick with cocoa when you want it. Carob "evokes" chocolate flavor, but ... it isn't chocolate. I'm not a fan of carob. I'm a huge fan of cocoa butter and cocoa. I cook with both regularly.
Nutritional yeast would be a no-no for the paleo purists -- it is most definitely a neolithic food. Nutritional / Brewer's yeast us grown on a sugary vegetable, such as beets, and then harvested. For me, it's probably the single reason I'm not 100% paleo -- I have it every day. I mix a double serving into some water and down it soon after waking up. Tons of protein (by weight), and a great amount of non-roughage fiber. Most paleos don't really need to worry about fiber -- I unfortunately do, and nutritional / brewer's yeast is an okay compromise for me. I prefer Lewis Labs brand brewer's yeast. Besides a quick morning snack, I also top salads with it for flavor, as well as mixing a good amount of it with mustard to make a thick spread I use on paleo-ified sandwich type things -- rolls in lettuce leaves, or "bread" with root veggies slices. I really recommend it -- if the flavor jives with you, go for it. I've noticed its not for everyone, however.
on February 21, 2012
at 03:27 PM
Not quite paleo here, either:
I used nutritional yeast years ago when I was coming out of vegetarianism. Definitely cheesy; great stuff!
I just looked it up, and it's made using sugar beets (as greymouser said) or molasses. Also has a lot of the free-form glutamate in it. (MSG-type stuff.)
OTOH, it's fairly low carb, and definitely delicious! I'm thinking it could be added to cauliflower for a mac n cheese substitute..... (And if someone beats me to trying that, please at least let me know! :) )