Month: December 2014

Benefits of Barley!

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Lately I have been incorporating barley into my salads. It has been cited as one of the world’s healthiest foods being a very good source of molybdenum, manganese, dietary fiber, and selenium, and a good source of copper, vitamin B1, chromium, phosphorus, magnesium, and niacin.

The dietary fiber in barley allows the body to clean out the intestines, therefore helping to reduce the risk of colon cancer. Barley also helps to lower cholesterol by binding to bile acids and removing them from the body and also promotes beneficial bacteria in the body.*

Here is one of my favorite salads that is so simple yet good for you! Enjoy!

Ingredients: a cup of barley, 2 heaping handfulls of kale, 1/2 cup of chickpeas, chopped red bell peppers, a sprinkle of salt, pepper, and oil.

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*source: World’s Healthiest Foods http://www.whfoods.com/

Gluten Free Pancakes

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I had a craving for pancakes, but wanted to make something healthy, quick, and easy. I decided to try the Krusteaz brand gluten-free pancake mix. Gluten free pancake mix uses rice flour instead of regular flour. Here’s the recipe I created. I added frozen blueberries and substituted milk for coconut milk.

1 3/4 cups Krusteaz Gluten Free Buttermilk Pancake Mix

1 cup cold water

1/3 cup coconut milk

1 egg

1/3 cup frozen blueberries

Fresh fruit

Honey

Whisk first 4 ingredients together, then add blueberries and distribute evenly in the batter. Lightly oil griddle or pan and cook on each side until it turns golden brown. Top with fresh fruit and honey to taste.