Nurition Yeast the first time I had it made me ill, the taste was horrible to me... I tried again a couple years later in a pre-made food item at the store, with the same horrible taste in my mouth.
But now... I'm not sure what has happened to my tastebuds, I gave it one last try and it was really good. I guess it all depends on the recipe.
So no, before this month, I didn't eat it and didn't worry so much about lacking the nutrition. But figured I had a pretty well balanced Veggie diet. So I just hope it doesn't come back to bight me later. :-) You all know so much more then I did when I first started. 12 years later, I'm still learning and growing.
My wife had an excellent pregnancy and our son arrived in wonderful shape, her diet included lots of Nutritional yeast (what variety did you try Vegmom, we find the Red Star VSF (veg support formula) to be the tastiest and best), Flax oil & Flax meal, a liitle hemp oil now and then, Blackstrap Molasses (lots of iron and calcium), a good variety of plant milks (soy, rice, almond, oat, hemp), tofu, tempeh, tvp (non-gmo, I checked), seitan, brown rice, jasmine rice, whole grain pastas, big variety of beans (black, pinto, kidney, white, garbanzo, lima, etc), lots of good greens (kale, collards, etc), good variety of nuts (almonds, cashews, macadamia,etc) and almond nut butter, various seeds (sesame, sunflower, pumpkin), green lettuces, avocados, many various veggies (onion, garlic, carrot, sweet potato, cilantro, etc), and on and on. My wife was 44 when having him (our 1st), and her doctor commented that her condition was on par with women in their 20's, and that he's sure it's due in large part to her healthy vegan lifestyle, and this is coming from a traditional meat & potatoes guy. It was so nice to hear that.
Tom, your list is making my mouth water!! All sounds so delicious. I am very happy to have all this info before I get pregnant so that I can go forward with confidence once I am. I will have to try this brand of nutritional yeast. The recipe I made was using just what I could find at KRoger ( I was suprised they even had it at all actually!) so maybe I will try Red Star. I have heard good things about it.
My daughter actually picked up the book The Vegan Lunchbox and handed it to me. (She's 8...and an avid reader of PETA's magazine.) I'm going to start trying some recipies from it. Our whole family has been flirting with the idea of vegetarian for a while...and we're giving it another go after I read The Kind Diet.
Plus, yesterday, we were both in a rush to get out the door for school and didn't grab any breakfast on our way out the door... So, I grabbed some cereal and milk from the cafeteria at the school. (There were no other options and I was starving...and I'm pregnant...so I thought I'd just deal with this for today.) Well, something in my body reacted badly to this. By the time first period started, I was in the teacher's lounge, doubled over in stomach cramps and wanting to die. Felt like an ulcer, but wasn't. (Had one of those in my teens...) Came home and slept for most of the day in between the cramping. Needless to say, that fortified my resolve to negate the rest of the animal products in my life. (We use rice milk at home for cereal, fyi...)
Not sure if I can go Superhero...seems a little constricting with kids...and having to worry about staying in a budget when going to the supermarket. However, I'm definitely a STRONG flirt with a vegetarian kitchen right now, and a resolve that was undoubtedly solidified as of yesterday. Just saying...during this pregnancy, I've been craving fruit and veggies...and fruit...and fruit...and fruit. Meat actually started smelling bad. So, that's where I'm at and happy for it. Best advice...listen to your body. You're not really in control during this time, it is. And, you pay for it if you don't listen. Now, I just need to find out if I can make a vegetarian version of La Madeline's french toast with fruit.