Thursday, July 31, 2008

Day 123- Nutrition Bite

Barley is a wonderfully versatile cereal grain with a rich nutlike flavor and an appealing chewy, pasta-like consistency. Its appearance resembles wheat berries, although it is slightly lighter in color. Sprouted barley is naturally high in maltose, a sugar that serves as the basis for both malt and syrup sweetener. Barley is high in fiber and selenium which will help lower cholesterol and will give your intestines a boost.

Sugar Preacher's Experience
I decided to take barley on my backpacking trip in the Tetons and cooked barley soup with carrots, onions, corn, and spices. The soup tasted good especially after hiking 9 miles into the Alaskan Basin. I also experimented with the dehydrated spaghetti sauce (see backpacking foods for more details), and it worked like a charm.

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