Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Family Game Night and Vegan Popcorn

Even with our children's busy schedule, we have managed to keep Monday nights open for family game night.  Last night while playing Clue Jr., we decided to have popcorn.  Instead of using our usual spread (which we were out of), we decided to use nutritional yeast which is a good source of vitamin B12.

B12 is needed to make red blood cells and not having enough can lead to anemia which can make you feel weak and tired. Most people get more than enough B12 from eating meat, eggs, milk, and cheese. Vitamin B12 deficiency anemia usually occurs when the digestive system is not able to absorb the vitamin - if you have pernicious anemia, have had surgery to remove part of the stomach or ileum, or if you have problems with the way your body digests food.   Not eating enough foods with B12,  which is rare, but may occur in people who eat a vegan diet and older adults who don't eat a variety of foods can also cause a vitamin B12 deficiency (WebMD).

I had never used nutritional yeast in any recipe, so I was a bit apprehensive of putting it on our popcorn.  However, because it's a good source of B12,  I gave it a try...

popcorn with nutritional yeast
Popcorn with nutritional yeast
Air pop
1/2 cup corn kernels

Toss with
2 Tbs grapeseed oil
3 Tbs nutritional yeast
salt to taste

Fortunately the whole family enjoyed it - enough so that I had to make another bowl.

Do you have family game night?  
What are some favorite games?

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  1. Love that you guys have a family game night. We don't do that enough! And interesting info about vit. B12. I'm anemic and have been told to combine my iron supplement w/ B complex, so this all kind of fits.

  2. Such a good alternative - love the extra nutrition too.


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