The barley drink , also known popular with the denomination of barley water , is one of those drinks that, in the majority of the occasions, we must elaborate in house to be able to enjoy it, since it is not a liquid as extended as other natural drinks (as for example it could be the case of the eggplant water ). Therefore, we propose a wonderful recipe with which you will learn how to make barley water easily at home.
But we should not confuse it with the bad call barley milk , which has a somewhat thicker appearance when crushed the cooked barley flakes and included in the drink in a completely natural way. And why do we say "badly called" barley milk? Fundamentally because it is not a dairy, although this type of plant-based beverages are also known as well (as with soy milk or rice milk).
The truth is that the barley water It is a wonderful beverage, full of health benefits, that can become an excellent natural liquid to drink water in a totally natural and delicious way every day. Of course, if we are going to take it daily, it is not advisable to sweeten it, and try to take it naturally.
- 50 g of barley in grains
- 1 l of water
- 1 cinnamon stick
- Lemon skin (to taste)
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- Put the barley grains in a bowl of water, and let them soak for 15 minutes. Then drain them well and reserve.
- Put the water in a saucepan over the heat and add the barley grains after soaking. Cook over low heat for about 30 minutes.
- Halfway through cooking add the lemon peel and the cinnamon stick.
- After this time turn off the heat and let stand until the drink is cold.
- To finish, strain the barley water and keep it in a glass bottle in the fridge.
If you wish, you can add the lemon juice to taste, and sweeten with panela , brown sugar or honey.
What benefits does barley water offer us?
The barley water is obtained from the cooking of the grains of barley , which stands out as a very old cereal, which was already consumed by Greeks and Romans, being originally from the area of Israel. It is known scientifically with the name of Hordeum vulgare , and is known not only for its nutritious wealth, but also because it is traditionally and traditionally a cereal used to make the beer .
In fact, from a nutritional point of view, barley water is surprising for its richness in healthy fatty acids, especially noted for its content in omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9. In addition, it also provides vitamins (especially of group B and also vitamin E) and minerals (such as magnesium, calcium, iron, copper, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, selenium and manganese). It also provides complex carbohydrates and fiber.
Among other interesting qualities, the natural drink of barley is ideal for people with constipation and diabetes, thanks mainly to its high fiber content and its contribution to slow absorption carbohydrates, helping to keep blood sugar levels stable and regular the intestinal transit. Therefore, it is also useful in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, by preventing the absorption of part of the cholesterol.