Gut health is on everyone’s minds. And while fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, tempeh, miso, kombucha and ‘probiotic’ products receive more attention for getting the ‘friendly’ gut bugs in – more and more research supports the idea that the most powerful approach might be to better feed these beneficial gut bugs. So what’s their preferred meal choice? Fibre.

Whole grains, such as barley are a rich source of ‘prebiotic’ fibre – the type of fibre that ferments in your gut to provide fuel for the friendly gut bugs to survive and thrive.

Try cooked barley in soups, tossed through salads or a barley risotto. Or try swapping oats at breakfast for a barley-based muesli, or whip up these barley bliss balls for a perfect gut -friendly (belly bloat busting) snack.

1 cup Barley+ Cranberry & Nuts Muesli
40g hazelnuts
1 cup dates
¼ cup mixed nuts
¼ cup dried cranberries
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup cacao powder
1 tablespoon honey
A pinch iodine salt flakes
Place hazelnuts into a high-powered blender or food processor and blitz until they resemble the consistency of breadcrumbs. Tip out onto a plate and set aside.
Place all other ingredients into the blender or food processor and blitz until well combined.
Roll mixture into a ball. Roll in the hazelnut crumb and set aside on plate. Repeat with the remaining mixture. Refrigerate the balls for at least half an hour to firm up.
Store in an airtight container and enjoy one at a time at snack times.
This recipe is courtesy of Barley Plus
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