Have You Ever Wondered Why Eating Barley is Good for Our Health? Facts about Barley

Elder Care in Mississauga – Nutritional Benefits of Eating Barley

Barley is a nutritional powerhouse. Grown in Ontario, barley doesn’t enjoy the popular reputation that it should. Barley is a grain that has great popularity as a staple in the diets of many people around the world, but Canadians are just beginning to appreciate the nutrients and cooking versatility barley offers.Elder Care Mississauga

Nutrition in barley

  • The dietary fiber gives your intestines a healthy boost
  • Has cholesterol-lowering properties
  • The insoluble fibers help feed the friendly bacteria in the gut and crowds out the bad bacteria so they don’t survive in the intestinal tract
  • Good source of niacin which helps protect against cardiovascular disease
  • Contributes to lower risks of type 2 diabetes
  • Has been found to be more effective than oats in the reduction of glucose and insulin responses
  • Is a very good source of selenium, which according to studies can lower risks of colon cancer

Barley is also delicious! It can be added to many recipes such as soups, stews and even cooked on its own as rice or other grains and used as a main dish or side dish. It can also be cooked and served cold as an additional ingredient in salads. Barley is relatively inexpensive to buy and is easy to store.

Green Bean and Barley Salad

  • 1 lb green beans
  • 1 cup pot barley or pearl barley
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 ½ tsp minced fresh thyme
  • 1 ½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 4 cups baby arugula leaves
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2/3 cup crumbled Canadian feta cheese
  1. Trim the beans and halve diagonally. Blanch in saucepan of boiling water until tender-crisp, about 3 minutes. Cool in ice bath; drain and pat dry.
  2. In pot of boiling salted water, cook barley until tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Drain and let cool for 5 minutes.
  3. In large bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, garlic, thyme, mustard, salt and pepper; add barley and beans, tossing to coat well.
  4. Add arugula, tomatoes and green onions, tossing well. Stir in cheese.

It can be a real worry for family members when elderly loved ones are not eating a balanced diet. There are many factors that may be contributing to this. Maybe it’s becoming difficult for them to get out and do the grocery shopping, or they have lost the motivation to go into the kitchen and spend the time it takes to make a nice homemade meal. Sometimes loneliness can also be a factor, because they lose their desire to eat when they are all alone. Consider elderly home care. A caregiver could come in and help your loved one do some grocery shopping, make some nice homemade meals and provide some much-needed company.

Contact us for elder care and companionship. For more information about elderly care services, call 905-709-1767.

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