Barley’s high fibre content makes it an excellent choice to incorporate into your breakfast. Soluble fibres, such as the β-glucan in barley, expand in the stomach by absorbing large amounts of water and creating a feeling of fullness after eating.
What is β-glucan (beta-glucan)?
β-glucan (beta-glucan) is a rich source of soluble fibre that is found in the cell walls of barley grains. β-glucan can slow the rate at which the stomach empties to create a feeling of fullness, lower cholesterol and slow down the rate that blood sugar rises after eating.
Check out these recipes to help you incorporate barley into your breakfast.
Top these fluffy pancakes with maple yogurt to switch it up from the classic maple syrup and butter.
Baked Barley Potato Pancakes
These barley and vegetable pancakes are light and lacey, with a crisp exterior and satisfying chewy texture.
Puffed Oven Pancake with Swiss Chard and Shallots
This giant pancake is oven-baked on a bed of sautéed Swiss chard and shallots. As it bakes, the edges of the pancake puff, creating a bowl shape. Before serving, the centre can be filled with more sautéed vegetables, such as peppers, tomatoes and zucchini. Or, serve wedges of the pancake topped with a spoonful of salsa, chili sauce or warmed pasta sauce, or a splash of sriracha sauce.
Fruit, Yogurt and Barley Smoothie
As a breakfast beverage or snacktime sipper, this smoothie packs a wallop of flavour and health benefits. The many possible combinations you can dream up using different fruits, juices, yogurts and optional ingredients means you can make a unique smoothie every day!