If you’re looking to include some extra whole grains in your diet, we highly recommend barley! This grain adds a little something special to hot cereal, soups, salads and casseroles, and its health benefits are certainly something to celebrate.
Barley is packed with protein, phosphorus and vitamin B-6. It’s a low-glycemic grain that contains both soluble and insoluble fiber. That’s great news for people seeking a more heart-healthy diet! Insoluble fiber provides you with roughage that aids a healthy digestive tract. Soluble fiber can help lower cholesterol. Best of all, barley has been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels for up to 10 hours!
Barley has a chewy texture and a mild flavor, making it a great substitute for rice in casseroles and risotto. Ground barley also works well in many bread recipes. We highly recommend cooking up a pot of barley, then adding milk, honey, dried fruit and nuts for a heart-healthy, filling breakfast cereal. We also love bean and barley burgers for a quick and delicious dinner entree.
Have you ever tried barley? What recipes do you enjoy that include this super grain?