Farro Recipe: Nutrient-Rich Grain of Italy
When combined with nutrient dense vegetables, legumes, and fruits, this super-grain provides a flavorful meal packed with energy that lasts! Try it as an alternative to your next stir fry, grain-salad (recipe below), or pair it with diced apples, Greek yogurt, and cinnamon for breakfast!
What is Farro?
Farro is a whole grain derived from something like a wheat plant. However, it is actually considered a “light wheat” which means it is lower in gluten than many wheat products. This is especially good news for those with a gluten intolerance, GI discomfort, and those with Celiac’s Disease. Farro has a chewy, nutty texture which compliments many of the dishes it is served with. It is a great substitute in foods that typically contain rice, oats, and pasta such as soups, breakfast meals, and salads.
What are the nutritional advantages of Farro?
Farro has many nutritional advantages over other whole grains such as wheat, quinoa, and rice. Although all of these grains have their advantages, it may be beneficial to add farro to your recipe book for a bit of variety. Farro is known to contain less calories and fat than quinoa, while it contains more protein and calcium. It contains more protein, iron, calcium, and fiber than brown rice and can be used in quite a few more dishes as a substitute.
Farro is a good source of complex carbohydrates which is linked to lower blood cholesterol. Since it contains a good source of protein, minerals, and vitamins, such as vitamin B, it can be eaten alone or with fresh vegetables or legumes for a complete meal.
Nutritional Information of Farro
½ cup of cooked farro contains: 100 calories; 1 gram of fat; 3.5 grams of fiber; 5 grams of protein; 4% daily calcium; 4% daily iron
Where can I find Farro?
While it is still gaining popularity in the US, farro can be found at many health food stores in the same section as the rice and quinoa. Store brands can be found in some and may be a cheaper alternative. While brown rice is still one of the cheapest grains, farro contains more nutrients per serving. Farro is typically found cheaper per package than quinoa or kamut. Another great alternative is that because it is such a nutrient-rich grain, the portion sizes can be kept to about ½ cup of cooked farro.
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