Super Freekeh!

Last week we had a new salad at my work ( I work at a local grocery store in the service deli).  This salad incorporated Freekeh.  Since we introduced it, we have had lots of “what is freekeh” questions from both staff and guests.  I had no answer so I did some research.

Freekeh is considered an ancient grain.  It has been used in recipes since the 13th century and along with Quinoa, amaranth and spelt has remained unchanged for a millennia.   Unlike freekeh’s fellow ancients, it is a wheat grain.

“Freekeh is made from young wheat (typically durum) that is harvested while still green and put through a roasting and rubbing process during production. It has a smoky, nutty flavor and a firm, chewy texture similar to bulgur.” (1)

The health benefits are great.  Freekeh is high in fiber but low in carbohydrates.  It has a high amount of protein as well.  It has high amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin, anti-oxidants that promote eye health. And because of the fiber content, aids in digestion and has even acted like a prebiotic to keep the digestive track healthy. (1,2)

This ancient grain is having a great reintroduction into our diets! I encourage you to try it, it is good and can replace cous cous, rice or pasta with ease.  A bonus is the name, at work we have been singing “Super freak, super freak, super freekeh” this whole week!

A side note, freekeh is a wheat so it is not safe for those suffering from celiacs or are gluten free for dieting reasons.

Sources and resources:

(1) http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6442471327

(2)http://vegetarian.about.com/od/glossary/qt/freekeh-what-is-it.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freekeh

 

Felicia

About Felicia

Hello, I am Felicia and I am one of the founding members of Health Now, Wealth Forever. When we came up with the concept of starting our family business, I was enthusiastic just to spend time working on a project with my family. But, as we have grown and expanded, my passion for educating myself and others - about alternative health options and changing the way we view finances and life - has taken over. While I admit I am not the healthiest of our group, I am working on it daily and hope that the articles I write help you to work on it with me. Thank you for supporting us and allowing us to open our minds and yours to an alternative way of look at health, wealth and life!

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