Few foods that can boast having a health claim. Barley has two! One from Health Canada and one from the Food and Drug Administration in the US.
Both health claims are based on research findings that the soluble fibre in barley, called beta glucan, helps reduce cholesterol. Beta glucan is found in all cereal grains but is particularly rich in barley and oats. Soluble fibre also aids in controlling blood sugar levels making it a great choice for Diabetics or if you are trying to loose weight.
Barley, of course, is also high in insoluble fibre that promotes healthy digestion. Barley is also high in protein and B vitamins. And it tastes great!
What is the difference between malt, food and feed grade barley?
Filled with yogurt and fresh fruit, and topped with maple syrup and a sprinkle of cinnamon, these chocolate crepes make extra special breakfast or brunch fare. Or, serve them as dessert wrapped around frozen yogurt or ice cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce or a dusting of grated dark chocolate.
Recipe and image courtesy of GoBarley.com.
This simple, yet hearty soup is packed with vegetables, protein-rich lentils and fibre-rich barley that will curb hunger and help to keep you full throughout the day. Perfect to warm-up with on a chilly day or makes for a healthy choice anytime of the year.
Recipe and image courtesy of CanolaEatWell
A thin biscuit style crust topped with colourful peppers, onion and zucchini slices. Serve warm or fabulous wrapped up for lunch bags or healthy snacking.
Recipe and image courtesy of GoBarley.com
Few ingredients say “Canada” like mustard, barley, maple syrup and smoky, thick sliced bacon. It’s the sort of dish that can be kept warm for service but be careful, it’s awfully easy to snack on.
Recipe and image courtesy of SpreadTheMustard
Classic partners – pork, apples and cabbage – combine with barley in this hearty oven-baked meal. Adding the elements to the oven in stages allows each to cook for just the right amount of time. The simple sauce, made with milk, is the perfect finishing touch for a dinner the whole family will love.
Recipe and image courtesy of DairyFarmersofCanada.ca
This classic Irish supper can be prepared the evening before and reheated in the oven for 30 minutes, or assemble in the slow cooker in the morning to simmer all day. Add the steamed cabbage just before serving for fresh taste and colour.
Recipe and image courtesy of GoBarley.