“Nacho Cheese Doritos” spice mix {dairy-free, paleo, vegan, mineral-rich recipe}

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While my area of nutrition specialty may be helping women with thyroid and autoimmune diseases, I often get asked to help with dietary plans for the little ones.

A former client came to me asking for help with her daughter’s nutrition. She wanted to improve her diet, find kid-friendly choices that could match the junk food she had been exposed to. My solution? This “Nacho Cheese Doritos” spice mix! It is spicy, zesty, and full of umami — that brain-pleasing taste that is full of naturally occurring glutamate. Note that naturally-occurring glutamate is not MSG. Some people are sensitive to glutamate, but not all. Glutamate is delicious and adds balance to a dish and is naturally found in lots of healthy foods, including: dried mushrooms, cheeses, tomatoes, anchovies/fish sauce, and others.

This spice mix can easily be sprinkled on foods to add flavor and variety on food that may otherwise seem boring to picky eaters. It is delicious, however, and not just for kids!

“Nacho Cheese Doritos” spice mix
Makes several servings depending upon how much you use at once!

Ingredients

5 teaspoons nutritional yeast
2 teaspoons taco seasoning mix or chili powder blend
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon Sucanat
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
Optional: 1 1/2 teaspoons sun dried tomato powder (I made this by putting 4 sun dried tomatoes in a coffee grinder)

Shake together until well combined. Sprinkle on foods and enjoy!

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