B12 is found in many plant-based foods and is important to incorporate into your meals.

What is B12 exactly and what is it’s function in your body? We all need vitamin B12 as it is known to create red blood cells and synthesise our DNA. It has also been found that is can assist in the development of brain and nerve cells. It’s very important to ensure you don’t become vitamin B12 deficient, and if you are concerned, speak with your doctor. Fun fact, vitamin B12 binds with protein in what we eat and then once it’s in the stomach, hydrochloric acid and enzymes come and unbind vitamin B12!

(To know more about Vitamin B12 click here and here).

 

Here are 5 plant-based foods high in B12 and inspiration on using them in the kitchen:

Tempeh

-A great staple to have in the fridge to slice and cook when needed. Makes a great addition to a plant-based big breakfast or added to a bowl.
-Try frying the tempeh and then adding a splash of soy sauce. Yum!

Chlorella

-Mix with water, juice, yogurt, and smoothies: be aware that chlorella has a slight seaweed smell and taste. Can be added to vinaigrette dressings, miso soups, or stir fries, which may help hide the taste.
-Add a couple of teaspoons when making a cake.

Nutritional Yeast

-A staple for a plant-based kitchen!
-Use to season popcorn, pasta or salad.
-Add a delicious cheesy flavour to creamy plant-based sauces for lasagne, nacho cheese sauce or a creamy cheesy pasta sauce

Plant-Based Meats

-There are so many plant-based meats out there. Simply use in place of meat!

Fortified Non-Dairy Milk

-Fortified means vitamins/minerals have been added, so make sure you buy a plant-based milk that has B12 added.
-Use as you would cows milk! In drinks, baking, cooking, smoothies!