First Day of Fall with Barley

First Day of Fall with Barley

This year, autumn officially begins on Wednesday, September 22 in the northern hemisphere. The fall equinox signals the turnover of the seasons and a transition from hot sunny days to cooler, brisk days. Food also makes a transition with the change of the seasons. The vibrant, fresh fruits and veggies of summer are now replaced with late harvest products such as pumpkins, squash, apples, and more. As we make this change, let us celebrate the seasons with these 5 fresh and indulgent fall-themed barley recipes!

1. Barley, Quinoa, & Butternut Squash Salad

Enjoy hot or cold and indulge in some of the best produce of the fall season! In this nutrient-packed salad, barley and quinoa pair up for the ultimate combination of both flavor and nutrition.

Barley & Quinoa Butternut Squash Salad
In this nutrient packed slaad, barley and quinoa pair up for the ultimate combination of both flavor and nutrition.
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2. Beef & Barley Soup

Beef & Barley Soup is an all-time classic and time-honored favorite. As the days become colder, this simple and hearty soup will warm and fill you up.

Beef and Barley Soup
A simple and hearty soup that will warm and fill you up.
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3. Apple Crisp

Apples are one of the best parts of fall. Loaded with fresh and sweet flavors, this fruit is great to eat fresh or incorporated into dishes, warm or cold. This apple crisp, with a barley flake topping, is easy to make and packed with iconic and classic flavors.

Apple Crisp
This easy apple crisp is packed full of fresh, iconic flavors and topped with an extra boost of nutrition.
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4. Harvest Barley Salad

Enjoy a bounty of some of the best produce of the season with this harvest barley salad. Fresh ingredients, easy to make, and delicious for either lunch or dinner, the Harvest Barley Salad is a triple threat.

Harvest Barley Salad
Fresh ingredients, easy to make, and delicious for either lunch or dinner, the Harvest Barley Salad is a triple threat. This recipe was created by Jamie Parchman and submitted as part of the "Bring on the Barley" Recipe Contest hosted by the Idaho Barley Commission and American Heart Association Idaho.
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5. Barley-Stuffed Squash

A fun and delicious spin on dinner, this barley-stuffed squash incorporates fresh produce and fun flavors to create a meal you won’t forget.

Barley-Stuffed Squash
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Back-to-School with Barley

Back-to-School with Barley

The end of August signals for many, the end of summer and the beginning of a whole new school year. Back-to-school can be a stressful and hectic time as we adjust to new schedules, set new routines, and figure out the new normal. It doesn’t have to be as crazy though, try some of these barley recipes to lighten your load and add some nutrition to your new routine!

  1. Yogurt Blueberry Barley Flake Muffins

1. Yogurt Blueberry Barley Flake Muffins

Easy, healthy, and delicious, make these muffins ahead of time and enjoy them all week. Perfect for lunch boxes, mid-day snacks, or post activities fuel, they are sure to satisfy no matter the occasion.

Yogurt Blueberry Barley Flake Muffins
Easy, healthy, and delicous. Whether it is breakfast on the go or a mid day snack, these yogurt, blueberry, and barley flake muffins are sure to satifsy!
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2. No-Bake Granola Bar

No-Bake, No-Problem! Easy doesn’t even begin to describe how simple these are to make. Packed with nutrients and paired with delicious flavors, these are a treat the whole family will enjoy.

No-Bake Granola Bars
Packed with nutrients and no-bake make these granola bars a treat for the whole family!
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3. No-Bake Protein Bites

On the go and need some fuel? No problem! These No-Bake Protein Bites are so easy to make and delicious to each. Every bite is loaded with protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Make ahead and enjoy all week!

No-Bake Protein Bites
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National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month

Did you know March is National Nutrition Month? A nutrition, education and information campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, National Nutrition Month focuses on the importance of making informed food choices, developing sound eating habits, and create healthful eating patterns with the foods they love.

To celebrate, we would like to share some Barley Basics with you, as well as some fun and healthy food swaps using barley!

 

Part of a Healthful Diet

Barley is considered a “super grain” because of its health and nutrition benefits which have been well-documented by scientists and dietitians alike. Some of these health benefits include:

Heart Health

Since 2006, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has determined that soluble fiber from barley, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and total cholesterol levels. Whole grain barley as well as dry milled barley products, such as pearled barley kernels, flakes, grits, and flour can make a difference in your heart’s overall health!

Gut Health

Barley contains the most fiber of all grains, with most varieties clocking in around 17% fiber. Additionally, barley contains fiber throughout the entire kernel. Therefore, processed barley products such as flour, flakes, or pearl barley, will still retain at least 50% of their original fiber content even after the bran or outer layer of the barley kernel is removed. In most grains, fiber is found only in the bran or outer layer of the kernel.

Body-Weight Management

Eating fiber-rich foods (like barley!)  helps increase satiety (the feeling of fullness) which is important in maintaining a healthy weight. Soluble fiber (beta-glucan) mixes with liquid and binds to fatty substances to help remove them from the body. Barley is a complex carbohydrate, which takes longer to break down, providing longer-lasting energy and reducing post-meal “crashes”.

Blood Sugar Management

Barley has the lowest Glycemic Index of all the grains at 28. The carbohydrates in barley are slowly digested, absorbed, and metabolized causing a lower and slower rise in blood glucose and insulin levels. Studies show that soluble fiber (beta-glucan) is effective in slowing the absorption of sugar, which, for people with diabetes, may help decrease the need for insulin. Barley and oats are the only two edible grains that contain significant levels of beta-glucan.

Nutrition You Can Count On

Barley is a nutrition powerhouse. Not only is it packed with fiber, but it also contains other essential nutrients. In ¼ cup of uncooked hulless barley you will find the following:

Healthy and Easy Swaps

Adding barley to your diet is a simple swap in the kitchen. To boost the nutrition of your favorite dishes, try these simple swaps:

Barley-Based Inspiration

For some barley-based inspiration, visit our Recipes page. Interested in learning more about Barley? Visit our Barley Basics page. 

Simple & Delicious Instant Pot & Barley Recipes

Simple & Delicious Instant Pot & Barley Recipes

In a pinch for mealtime but don’t want to sacrifice flavor OR nutrition? Have no fear- we have you covered. We have rounded up four of our favorite, failproof Instant Pot and Barley Recipes. Now, just pull out your Instant Pot, grab your barley, and let’s go!

1. Instant Pot Beef & Barley Casserole Chili

Beef & Barley Casserole Chili

Full of nutrients, loaded with flavor, and ready to go in under 30 minutes- need we say more? Try this classic pairing of Beef & Barley in your Instant Pot today!

Instant Pot Beef and Barley Casserole Chili
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Beef & Barley Casserole Chili

2. Instant Pot Barley & Cranberry Salad

Fresh and flavorful are the 2 best words to describe this salad- oh and easy-to-make. Throw your barley and cranberries into the Instant Pot, prep your greens, and voila! You have a great dinner side and/or perfect lunch salad to take on the go.

Instant Pot Barley and Cranberry Salad
A delicious and refreshing blend of barley and cranberries.
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3. Instant Pot Hamburger Barley Soup

Beef and Barley soup is a classic- put them in the Instant pot and you have a fan favorite with only a fraction of the time needed to make it, but all of the flavor.

Instant Pot Hamburger Barley Soup
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4. Instant Pot Barley and Garbanzo Beans

Try something new with this merger of barley and garbanzo in a fresh, nutrient packed, side dish or salad. Enjoy hot or cold, any time or year!

Instant Pot Barley and Garbanzo Beans
A simple and fulfilling dish.
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Christmas Cookies Everyone Will Enjoy

Christmas Cookies Everyone Will Enjoy

The Holidays are right around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with some delicious, homemade cookies? Here is a round-up of our 3 favorite cookies, all using barely flour and all loaded with delicious flavors. These cookies are so good, you won’t just be making them for the Holidays!

1. Ginger Snaps

An iconic Christmas cookie, ginger snaps bring the flavors of the holiday to life. With these barley flour ginger snaps, you not only capture those holiday flavors but also add some nutrition to your treats.

Gingersnaps
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2. Thumbprint Cookies

Shortbread is easy to make and so delicious to eat, and this Thumbprint Cookie Recipe checks all of those boxes. Add a boost of barley flour and these recipes will quickly become a holiday tradition.

Thumbprint Cookies
Easy to make and delicious to eat, a treat for the whole family.
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3. Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip cookies are a classic, regardless of the time of year. Enjoy these barley flour chocolate chip cookies and make a new holiday tradition!

Chocolate Chip Cookies
The ultimate comfort cookie, with a delectable twist- barley flour!
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Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice: 5 Must-Try Pumpkin and Barley Recipes

Nothing quite says fall like pumpkin. This versatile gourd brings on the comforting and iconic flavors we associate with fall, while seamlessly merging with any ingredient it is paired with. When partnered with barley, the results, are fall-tastic. Here is a collection of 5 Must-Try Pumpkin and Barley recipes.

1. Pumpkin & Barley Chili

Warm up from those chilly fall days with a comforting chili loaded with delicious flavors.

Pumpkin and Barley Chili
Bring a taste of fall into your home with this simple and delicious chili.
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2. Pumpkin Bread

Bake up something delicious with this decadent pumpkin with an extra twist- barley flour.

Pumpkin Bread
Fall in love with barley flour and the perfect pairing of pumpkin in a delicious pumpkin bread.
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3. Barley Stuffed Pumpkin

Highlight the versatility of barley and pumpkin with this barley stuffed pumpkin packed with fun and fresh flavors.

Barley Stuffed Pumpkin
Enjoy this delicious blend of barley and fruit stuffed inside a pumpkin.
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4. Pumpkin Muffins

Spice up your routine with these pumpkin muffins- loaded with flavor AND nutrition.

Pumpkin Muffins
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5. Pumpkin & Barley Risotto

Add some flare and flavor to your dinner with a pumpkin and barley risotto.

Pumpkin and Barley Risotto
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