Get more fiber-rich barley in your life—it fills you up, aids in weight loss and gut health

By Health.com
Updated: August 21, 2017

There are so many reasons to incorporate barley into your diet. Not only does the grain pair well with a wide range of flavors, it’s also packed with fiber, which aids with weight loss, protects against heart disease, and keeps digestion moving. Because we love nutrient-dense foods, we’ve rounded up three of our favorite barely recipes.

Swap barley for rice for a fiber-rich alternative in our shrimp and zucchini barley risotto. It’s low in saturated fat and high in vitamin D, all for less than 400 calories per serving.

Veggie lovers will want to check out our Tuscan barley salad, which is bright in taste and color. We add orange zest to bump up the flavor profile, while the high-fiber pearl barley will keep you feeling full longer.

Finally, we’ll show you how to make easy, fiber-packed barley-stuffed poblanos. These satisfying peppers contain more than one-third of your daily fiber intake in just one serving, plus they’ll boost your metabolism thanks to their chili powder.