This ancient grain is beginning to gain traction for its health benefits and ability to adapt to different recipes without a negative effect to blood sugar, like many other grains.
Farro is an ideal complex carbohydrate choice that is also delicious. A perfect carbohydrate alternative for diabetics because of its high complex carbohydrate content with fiber, a protein source and low-glycemic index.
The fiber helps in controlling carbohydrate digestion and absorption, doesn't cause blood sugar to spike after eating.
Farro is a great choice if you're trying to manage or prevent type 2 diabetes. as it increases insulin sensitivity and can improve blood sugar levels after eating.
Here is Farro's 6 surprising health benefits:
1) High in Fiber
2) Improves Immunity and Heart Health
3) Good Source of Protein
4) High in B Vitamins
5) Good Source of Antioxidants
6) Provides Iron, Magnesium and Zinc (all are common mineral deficiencies)
* Read Dr. Axe's post with more details about the history of Farro and its many benefits, soon you'll want to bring it into your kitchen!
Try this delicious recipe to see how Farro can easily be added into your diet and blood sugar management plan.
Farro Salad with Tomatoes & Herbs
Total: 55 min Prep: 20 min
Cook: 35 min
Yield: 6 servings
3 cups water or organic beef/chicken Bone Broth
1 cup farro
2 teaspoons salt, plus more to taste
1-pound tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1/2 sweet onion (recommended: Walla Walla) chopped
1/4 cup snipped fresh chives
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
1 large garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Combine the water or bone broth and Farro in a medium saucepan. Add 2 teaspoons of salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the Farro is tender, about 30 minutes. Drain well, and then transfer to a large bowl to cool.
Add the tomatoes, onion, chives, and parsley to the Farro, and toss to combine.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the garlic, vinegar, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Add the vinaigrette to the salad and toss to coat.
The salad can be refrigerated overnight. Bring to room temperature before serving.
I prepare Farro Salad using organic bone broth, this gut healing source of vitamins, collagen, phyto-nutrients and protein is the perfect substitute for water if you're not following a vegan diet.
ENJOY, and please share how much you love it!
Adding Farro Salad into a balanced meal with other vegetables, lean protein and a healthy fat, provides a delicious bonus to help keep your blood sugar and energy in balance!