Barley...A Healing Grain



Did you know that by steeping barley grains in boiling water for 30 minutes and then drinking that barley water, you can relieve your sinus infections naturally?

Barley is a healing grain with lots of antitoxins, and helps the body rid itself of infections. That's why barley soup can be so comforting when you've got a cold or the flu.

Here's a delicious Barley & Apple Salad I'd like to share:


1/2 cup pearl barley
pinch of salt and pepper
1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
2 stalks celery, sliced
1 apple, thinly sliced
1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
2 bunches arugula, thick stems removed (about 6 cups)

In a medium saucepan, combine the barley, 1 ½ cups water, and ½ teaspoon salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the barley is tender and the water is absorbed, 25 to 30 minutes. Drain and spread on a rimmed baking sheet to cool. 

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the yogurt, oil, lemon juice, mustard, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Add the celery, apple, mint, and cooled barley and toss to combine.  Divide the arugula among bowls. Top with the barley mixture.

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