This weeks food tips by our in house expert Body by Lara

imagesThis week’s food tip :

Add barley to your diet !

Very few of us know the many health and beauty benefits which barley provides our body. It is very low in calories, high in fiber and packed with vitamins and nutrients. barley contains carbohydrates and protein, soluble and insoluble fiber, and is a rich source of thiamin, niacin, selenium, an important trace mineral required for normal thyroid hormone metabolism, antioxidant defence systems, and immune function. Selenium has also been shown to reduce the risk of developing cancer. All barley is rich in finer, although pearled barley is processed, it still contains a significant amount of fibre.
barley is not suitable in the diets of people who are allergic to gluten

Here are some of the benefits of barley:

It aids in weight loss, helps to stabilise blood pressure, reduces the risk of cancer and heart disease, reduces symptoms of Arthritis, helps develop and repair body tissue, reduces visceral fat, lowers bad cholesterol, inhibits formation of gallstones, Improves immunity, helps prevents Osteoporosis, helps cure anaemia, supports the kidney, healthy bones and healthy teeth.

in addition to this , it is indispensable for women !
it contributes to healthy skin, improves skin elasticity and has Anti Aging Properties.
it makes your hair healthy and aids in its growth .

Have we convinced you yet?

This is another favourite recipe for you to try, if you haven’t yet, adding barely to your diet.
enjoy!

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Summery Raspberry Tabouleh
A 75g bag of pearl barley
2 mini romaine lettuces
1 cucumber
a handful of flat leaf parsley
a handful of chives
a handful of mint
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 lemon
a 125g punnet of raspberries
salt & freshly ground pepper
a drizzle of olive oil

The method:

1- Rinse your pearl barley. tip into a lidded pan. add a pinch of salt and enough water to cover the barley by 1cm. boil. put lid on. lower heat. simmer for 25 minutes till tender, topping up with water, if needed.
2- Slice the base from your lettuces and arrange on a platter or individual plates.

3- Finely dice your cucumber. Chop your herbs (pluck out the woody stems first). Fold the cucumber. herbs. cinnamon and balsamic through the barley, once cooked. Add the lemon zest and a squeeze of juice. Season. Gloss with oil. Taste and Adjust.

4. Pile the pearl barley salad onto your bed of lettuce leaves. Dot the raspberries over the top.

Body by Lara xxx

http://spiralbody.co.uk

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