Ten reasons for eating more barley in 2005

If you haven't made your New Year's resolution yet, we've got a suggestion. Eat more barley! Why? Check out these top 10 reasons for adding our favorite grain to your shopping list.

  1. It's easy on the pocketbook. Barley is an economical and delicious choice for s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g family favorite recipes such as soups, stews, casseroles and even salads.
  2. It offers whole grain goodness. The USDA 2005 Dietary Guidelines say we should eat three servings of whole grains every day. Lightly pearled barley is whole grain and readily available in many supermarkets. For more information on barley and whole grains, click here.
  3. It's great for the ticker. Barley is an excellent source of soluble fiber and has been shown to lower cholesterol and reduce risks for coronary heart disease.
  4. It'll help keep you regular. Barley also contains insoluble fiber, which has been shown to help the body maintain healthful bowel function.
  5. It works all day long. Barley is available in several forms, such as pearled, flour and flakes. So whether it's Barley Pumpkin Waffles for brunch or Barley Salmon Alfredo for late-night noshing, you can enjoy this fabulous grain from sun-up to sundown.
  6. It'll fill you up. Like other high fiber foods, barley provides lots of volume for relatively few calories, takes longer to digest and leaves you feeling fuller longer. Translation? Less overeating!
  7. It's a great slow cooker. Slow cooking has come roaring back as a popular meal preparation option. Pearl barley makes an excellent ingredient for slow cooking because it retains its wonderful chewy texture after hours in the crockpot.
  8. It plays well with others. As an ingredient, barley can't be beat. Its mild nutty flavor combines deliciously with a host of other foods.
  9. It can handle a deep freeze. Pearl barley can be cooked ahead of time, stored in an airtight container and refrigerated or frozen for up to a week before using. Tip: It's best to bring cooked and chilled barley back to room temperature before mixing with other ingredients.
  10. Because grandma says so! Go ahead, ask her. We're sure she'll tell you all about the joys of eating barley from days gone by. And if you're lucky, she may treat you to one of her favorite barley recipes. Better yet, treat yourself and grandma to one of ours. Click on Let's Eat and enjoy!