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Freekeh is Probably The New Quinoa! See why!

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Freekeh is Probably The New Quinoa! See why!

Freekeh is the “new” supergrain that has actually been around since the ancient times. We have just begun to tackle its numerous nutrition benefits, and it might just take quinoas place on the throne. Why? Well, it has more proteins and twice as much fiber than quinoa, thus you will feel full longer. In addition to being rich in proteins and fiber, it has many other health benefits.

So, what it is? Freekeh is actually a wheat that is harvested before it’s ripe, while the seeds are still green and soft thus retaining many of its nutrients. After it’s been harvested, it is dried in the sun and then carefully burned to remove the straw and chaff, leaving only the grain that has a slightly smoky and nutty taste.

Freekeh has been popular in Mediterranean and Middle East for a long time now, and its popularity has begun spreading due to its numerous benefits. This wheat improves your digestive health and due to its low glycaemic index, it can help manage and prevent type 2 diabetes.

Freekeh is full of healthy nutrients

    Freekeh is full of proteins, fibers, vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron and zinc. 100 grams of freekeh contains [1]:

    • 14.9 g of protein
    • 12.9 g of fiber
    • 31 mg of zinc
    • 32 mg of iron
    • 370 mg of calcium

    It also contains magnesium and potassium, it has low fat content and it’s considered a low-carb food. If we take a look at the nutrition profile of quinoa [2], we can see why freekeh is the new superfood – in 100 grams of quinoa, there are 8 grams of protein and 5.2 grams of fiber, compared to 14.9 grams of protein and 12.9 grams of fiber in 100 grams of freekeh.

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    100 grams of quinoa contains:

    • 8 g of protein
    • 5.2 g of fiber
    • 2 mg of zinc
    • 2.8 mg of iron
    • 31.5 mg of calcium

    Freekeh improves your digestive health

    Freekeh contains prebiotics that help the growth of healthy bacteria in your bowl system that can be beneficial for people suffering from various digestive problems such as diarrhea, leaky gut syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease and candida virus.

    According to a study conducted by CSIRO [3], the consumption of freekeh was beneficial in improving bowel health and in improving conditions such as constipation. It may also result in diminishing the risk for developing diseases such as colorectal cancer.

    Freekeh may help prevent and control type 2 diabetes

    Freekeh has low glycemic index, which means it causes low rise in blood sugar levels. Another study conducted by CSIRO [4]indicated that the consumption of freekeh resulted in a low insulin response, which further suggests its benefits for patients suffering from type 2 diabetes.

    Freekeh is good for your muscles

    One serving of freekeh has around 2.27 grams of glutamic acid. So, why is glutamic acid important for our muscles? When we are physically active, the demand for glutamic acid increases as it is necessary for building and maintaining muscles. Thus, freekeh is the type of food that can help you increase the intake of glutamic acid and build endurance.

    Freekeh is beneficial for your eyes

    Freekeh contains the antioxidant lutein, which is especially beneficial for eyes in terms of preventing age-related eye degeneration, as suggested by the research at the University of Adelaide [5].

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    Freekeh helps with weight controls

    As mentioned earlier, freekeh is quite high in proteins – 12.9 grams in 100 grams of freekeh. Having that much fiber, freekeh will make you feel full for a longer period of time, thus helping you avoid eating snacks in between meals.

    Are there any side effects to taking freekeh?

    There are no known side effects of freekeh, except that is not recommended for people who are sensitive to gluten, as this wheat contains it.

    Wholegrain or cracked freekeh?

    You can find freekeh in two different varieties: wholegrain and cracked. The only difference between these two varieties is that the cracked version has been broken down into smaller pieces, which makes the cooking process faster. The cracked freekeh has a slightly different texture, similar to quinoa or bulgur. You can choose the wholegrain or cracked variety based on your preferences or the texture you want to achieve when preparing a meal.

    Delicious freekeh recipes

    If you are not sure how to cook freekeh, we give you some healthy and delicious recipes to try and make at home.

    Butternut and cranberry freekeh salad

      Image source: Taste Love and Nourish

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      Even though this is a salad, as freekeh is so packed with proteins, this salad can actually be a complete meal. Butternut and cranberry are a great combination of flavors and add a true splash of color into this salad. It is rather easy to make, and you can bring the leftovers as a healthy lunch at work.

      Easy Mexican freekeh pilaf

        Image source: Vegan Family Recipes

        Full of healthy colorful vegetables and easy to make, the whole family will enjoy eating this pilaf. It is ideal to prepare when you are busy as it will take only 10 minutes to prepare, and then you leave it to cook.

        Freekeh, zucchini and pistachio salad

          Image source: Oh My Veggies

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          This is another great and healthy recipe for all salad lovers. The preparation process is rather simple and not time consuming, with a simple, yet tasteful fresh lemon juice and olive oil dressing. You can also add other vegetables according to your preferences.

          Freekehlicious Pumpkin and Chocolate Scones

            If you love sweets that are both healthy and delicious, this is the perfect recipe for you. This is a healthy treat full of fiber, protein and calcium.

            Lemon coconut freekeh cookies

              Image source: A Whisk and Two Wands

              Healthy and mouthful bites that you can eat as a snack. They are crunchy and will really make you feel full.

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              Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

              During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

              But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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              Simplify

              I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

              Absolutely.

              And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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              If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

              • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
              • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
              • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

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              You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

              Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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              Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

              Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

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              As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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              Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

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              So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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