In our last blog we discussed why kids need fiber in their diets and saw the importance and benefits of kids getting enough fiber. But.. how much fiber is needed? How much is enough?
We've been talking a lot about summer nutrition and the importance of staying hydrated. As you re-vamp your diet for the warmer months you should also pay attention to your fiber intake. It's often easy to forget this as you search for cooler lighter foods. However, you want to make sure that you keep your digestive system on track.
Pearl Barley has come out on top in the Grain Showdown when stacked against quinoa, brown rice and whole grain pasta. But now let's see what happens when barley vs. barley! That's right pearl barley is going head-to-head with traditional or hulled barley - it's pearl barley vs hulled barley.
Now let's take a look at Barley vs Couscous. To begin, both pearl barley and couscous are grains. While couscous is also an easy and quick to prepare grain, like pearl barley, it is low in fiber, not high in protein and just doesn't compare in nutritional quality.
Couscous is made by rolling durum wheat flour with salted water to form small kernels. Many people consider couscous to be a pasta, but it is not, it is a grain. Though most pastas are made with the same type of flour.
On it's own couscous does not offer much flavor, unlike the chewy texture and nutty flavor of Mochi Mugi pearl barley. Couscous' mild flavor makes it versatile, however many add high-calorie ingredients (like dried fruit, oil and nuts) and if it can be easy to rack up calories if you aren't careful with portion size or how many high-calorie ingredients you add.
In our previous grain showdowns, we have discussed glycemic index. It's noteworthy that couscous' glycemic index of 65 comes in higher than most other grains. Foods containing lower glycemic indexes help maintain better blood sugar control. To find out more information about the Glycemic Index, visit the Glycemic Index Foundation.
Now we are looking at barley vs whole grain pasta. Both whole grain pasta and pearl barley cook in about the same amout of time and can be used in many of the same recipes - like soups, salads and sides.
Whole grain pasta has a chewier texture and contains more nutrients than regular pasta. However, contrary to popular belief they are not so far apart on the GI scale. Whole grain pasta falls at 37 while regular pasta is 41. To find out more information about the Glycemic Index, visit the Glycemic Index Foundation.
Memorial Day is fast approaching. Time to get in gear and get in shape. There are so many quick fix or fad diets out there, that may work in the very short term. However, if your goal is to stay in shape for the whole summer, you need to look beyond the key date of Memorial Day and institute a healthier lifestyle. Here are some very basic ways you can get started. There's no magic. You need a combination of diet and exercise. Only following one of these basic tenets can be a huge pitfall and lead to minimal results. Most of us have heard the 80/20 rule, saying that weight loss is 20% exercise and 80% diet. So make sure you pay attention to what you eat. While there's no magic bullet, here's a great resource, barley nutrition can help you not only reach and maintain your goal weight, but can help you stay healthy in so many ways.