Get Your Grains On!

Quinoa and Barley are great alternatives for sustenance. Why?


Unlike wheat or rice(which are low in lysine), and like oats, quinoa contains a balanced set of essential amino acids for humans, making it an unusually complete protein source among plant foods. It is a good source of fiber, magnesium and iron. Quinoa has a light, fluffy texture when cooked, and its mild, slightly nutty flavor is actually because it is a chenopod, which is closely related to species such as beets, spinach, and tumbleweeds.


Barley is one of the most cultivated grains in the world. It has a nutty flavor, a texture not dissimilar to pasta and as with all grains it is very versatile. It can be used as a rice substitute and tastes great when served with a curry or stir fry. By far the greatest health benefits of barley can be found in its high dietary fiber content. Just 200 grams of barley can contain 55% of the recommended daily fiber intake. That is more than most people consume from the average diet.


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