This time I chose Activated Barley from Sunwarrior. Barley grains that are about to germinate! On the verge of germination, but not yet germinated! That seemed a nice project for a little research.
Why would you let barley
germinate, but not quite? The packing of dried barley was a problem
because barley will quickly take on a gelatinous structure, so says
Sunwarrior. So they found a solution! They steam the barley at a low
temperature so that no enzymes are lost, but the proteins and
carbohydrates are converted. The barley is steamed just to the point
that it would begin to germinate. This improves the packaging process
but also makes sure that the barely maintains the important
Now that we have solved the problems of packaging we can look at the positive effects of barley. First of all, barley is a very old grain, derived from wild barley, Hordeur Spontaneum. You can still find wild barley in the Middle East. Originally, barley flour was even more important than wheat. Since wheat became our most widely used grain, the interest in barley has automatically changed. The bulk of barley production is processed into animal feed and as a raw material for beer. For most people, barley is known as groats or pearl-barley, this refers to hulled barley.
Why activated barley?
- Barley has a high potassium content, a high amount of phosphorus and selenium and more minerals than other cereals.
- Barley is rich in fibre.
- Barley is a very slow carbohydrate (a long-chain carbohydrate) and is therefore very suitable for athletes and bodybuilders.
- Not only for athletes of course, for anyone who can use some extra energy!
- Activated barley contains active enzymes that are required for proper digestion.
- Barley contains many beta-glucans, which are soluble fibres. If you eat beta-glucans at meal times then this lowers the glucose peak after eating.
- Beta glucans can also reduce blood pressure.
- Barley has a very low glycemic index.
- A spoonful of activated barley a day helps keep your blood sugar level balanced.
I find the most valuable function of activated barley is the long-lasting energy it gives and the reduced appetite in the hours after ingestion. I understand why it is an ideal supplement for athletes' diets because these are important requirements for athletes.
How to use Activated Barley?
The activated barley is packed in powder form and includes a measuring spoon. Easy does it! The exact portion is one full measure that can be added to a smoothie or juice. The barley has no taste, so you can mix into a delicious purple-coloured berry smoothie without affecting the look or your or taste buds.
I make a different smoothie almost every day, and
I haven't noticed any taste changes after adding the barley. After a
couple of weeks of experimenting, I found the combination of barley
with maca carrot-powder really stood out. So, for the real
energy-seeker, it's great to experiment for yourself, and find out
what's best for you!
All in all, a great and simple product. Find out that not everything in life has to be complicated for it to do good! Another nice fact: The Romans learned from the Greek gladiators to add barley into their daily diet because the gladiators ate barley before they went into battle! That sounds like powerfood!
For example, try a chocolate smoothie with Activated Barley:
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 dates
- quarter of avocado
- 200 ml coconut water
- 1 or 2 tablespoons of cocoa
- 1 tablespoon of hemp seed
- half tablespoon of chia seed
- 1 tablespoon of almond paste
- half a tablespoon of maca
- half a tablespoon of lucuma
Unlimited Health currently has nice offers on Sunwarrior Activated Barley. See them here!
And if you are ever in Amsterdam, come to the shop and treat yourself to a smoothie in our mini restaurant; my colleague Clyde makes lip-smacking smoothies.
See you in May!