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Why Barley Makes a Good Breakfast

barley fieldBarley is considered the oldest food for human beings which was eaten since the Stone Age. There are different types of barley available in the market such as whole-grain barley, pearl barley, hull-less barley, and barley flakes. Some of these barley are featured high amounts of fiber such as pearl barley and whole-grain barley. Barley is considered best food for breakfast for several reasons. Recent research has revealed that a barley breakfast is helpful in keeping the blood sugar level 30 percent lower. Besides that, it has also been found that barley is good for improving concentration and memory.

Why Barley?

Barley digests slowly in the human stomach because it releases carbohydrates slowly so you start feeling fuller. As it has a lower number of fats, you can avoid the risk of heart disease and diabetes. The carbohydrates, such as beta glucan, are available in almost all types of barley which is extremely helpful in improving the overall health of the human body. The beta glucan is not only available in the layers of the barley, but it is also available in the whole grain.

How to Cook Barley

Preparing barley is extremely easy as you first have to add water and soak the barley. The quantity of water varies for different types of barley. For example, for pearl barley you have to add 4 cups of water for 1 cup of pearl barley, and for hulled barley you need to add 4.5 cups of water for every single cup of barley. Always cook barley by setting the cooker at lower levels. It will normally take eight hours to cook barley.  You can eat barley at breakfast through different, delicious recipes.  The following are a few popular, barley breakfast recipes:

Savory Barley

You have to add one-half cup of cooked, hot, plain barley on a plate with toppings of grated cheese along with egg. Dust it with black pepper (cracked). This is an excellent barley recipe for those who do not want sweet barley for breakfast.

Sweet Barley Porridge

Place the barley into orange zest and dried cherries. You can add your favorite spices such as ground clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg. You can also add yogurt or skim milk. Besides the above-mentioned ingredients, you can also add your favorite, dry fruit to get the desired taste.

Barley Cakes

You have to pack the already cooked pearl barley into a container and chill it for at least 24 hours. Now it is ready to be sliced so you can cut it into thick pieces. Heat the two slices in a nonstick frying pan with a little olive oil. Cook both sides of the slice for at least four minutes on high heat. It becomes crispy on the outside and creamy from the inside. You can add your favorite toppings such as capers and dill, salmon, eggs, or cheese.

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Keith Ram is a health and wellness blogger, currently residing in southern Ontario. Follow her thoughts on @examinet.



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