Oats, step aside, barley has replaced you in the “Grain of Fame” – I love the texture and nutty flavour in salads and soups; next obvious step was to breakfast-ise it as Barley Bircher Muesli.
The ingredients and method are similar to the original Bircher Muesli, with the exception that you should precook the barley before adding the other ingredients and leaving overnight. I also added in some oats with the barley too, still gotta love ’em! The only real constants in Bircher muesli are the grain, yogurt, grated fruit, and fruit juice – the rest is up to you!
To up the protein content, I added flax seed powder (as well as the actual seeds), as well as Herbalife Personal Protein Powder.
Top 10 Benefits of Barley
- With both soluble and insoluble fibre (1 cup has over 1/2 your daily needs!), barley lowers bad cholesterol.
- It keeps you full (trust me, I’ve had 3 bowls of Bircher Muesli today. Can. Not. Eat. Another. Bite)
- Barley contains a phytonutrient called plant lignan, which helps prevent cancer.
- This grain stabilizes blood sugar levels, important for diabetics.
- Barley contains twice the amount of vitamin C than that in oranges, supporting immune function.
- The phosphorus in barley helps to keep the bones and teeth healthy and aids in the functioning of kidneys and heart muscles.
- Barley is also good for your skin – with vitamin C, antioxidants and minerals, it has been proven to reduce inflammation and create a barrier to protect the skin from outside pollutants.
- It contains the mineral copper, which helps in the formation of hemoglobin needed for the production of red blood cells, and combating anemia.
- Being rich in insoluble fiber, barley helps in reducing bile acids secretion and the formation off gallstones.
- As grains go, barley ranks as a good protein source – with about 12g in one cup of cooked.
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