SuperFood Spotlight: Barley
Barley is a rich, nutty, chewy grain with a pasta-like texture. It is most commonly used in healthy, high-fiber cereals, so most people aren’t used to eating it in its purest form. The raw, whole barley grain contains vitamins, minerals and fibers. The raw, whole barley grain is a healthier choice than pearl barley, which doesn’t contain most of these nutrients and fibers because they have been removed during processing.
While high in protein, and healthy dietary fiber, barley is also rich in B1, B3, lutein and zeaxanthin, as well as essential minerals and fibers. Vitamin B1 or thiamine is necessary for converting sugars into energy, and is also involved in the metabolism of fats and proteins. Thiamine is also know to help boost our bodies immune system, as helps us deal with emotional stress, thus keeping the seasonal cold and flu at bay.
Vitamin B3, or niacin, is involved in the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates and proteins and is also necessary for optimal health of the skin, eyes, liver, and the nervous system. Niacin plays a role in the production of some hormones and also helps to reduce blood cholesterol levels. Finally, the lutein and zeaxanthin, help protect the eyesight and promote eye health.
This week, our DeliverLean chefs have brought back a customer favorite – Turkey Chili served over Seasoned Barley. This meal is jam packed with 33 grams of protein, 45 grams of carbs, and all of the nutritious vitamins and minerals discussed above, and still under 400 calories! You’ll love our healthy version of this classic American comfort food!
-Credit to Livestrong.com for the nutritional facts!