Good For You Zone Foods: Barley

What Barley Is: Barley is an ancient grain. Whole barley has an outer shell which is not easily digested. Pearled barley is the form most often available. The outer hard shell (bran and germ) is polished away, leaving the barley’s inner layers intact.

Why It is Good For You: Barley is a low glycemic grain. It is rich insoluble fiber. It lowers blood cholesterol levels, specifically the LDL (bad) cholesterol.

How To Cook It: Barley is very versatile. It can be cooked as a breakfast grain or cereal. It can be added to stews and soups. It can also be cooked into pilafs and used creatively as an alternative for rice in risotto. It can be used in skillet dinners, casseroles and chilis.

Where To Find It: Barley is available at most grocery stores, typically in the Rice/Beans/Grains area. If you cant find it in your store, just ask your store manager!

Nutritional Values:

Serving Size: ½ cup (uncooked)
Calories: 104
Carbs: 22.6 grams
Protein: 3.5 grams
Fat: 0 grams
Glycemic Index Low

 

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