Great Grains

Whole grains have been a central element of the human diet since early civilization. They are an excellent source of nutrition, as they contain essential enzymes, iron, dietary fiber, Vitamin E, and B-complex vitamins. Because the body absorbs grains slowly, they provide sustained and high-quality energy.

The quickest way to prepare great grains is to experiment and find what works for you. Remember one cup of dry grains yields 2 to 4 servings. Here are basic directions:

  1. Measure the grain, check for unwanted material, and rinse in cold water using a fine mesh strainer.
  2. Optional: soak grains for one to eight hours to soften, increase digestibility, and eliminate phytic acid. Drain grains and discard the soaking water.
  3. Add grains to recommended amount of water and bring to a boil.
  4. A pinch of sea salt may be added to grains to help the cooking process, with the exception of kamut, amaranth, and spelt (salt interferes with their cooking time).
  5. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for the suggested amount of time, without stirring during the cooking process.
  6. Chew well and enjoy every bite!

Try this recipe for Mushroom Barley Soup ….. and enjoy your grains!!

Yours in good health,Heather Vroman FitEffex Health and Fitness Coach Worcester Metrowest
Health Coach & AFAA Certified Personal Trainer
(508) 523-6143