Wheatberries – good for weight loss!

Wheatberries are a funny little grain.

While they are sometimes hard to find (I get mine at Whole Foods in the bulk aisle), they are worth their weight in gold when you add them to your regular diet. They are good for maintaining and balancing your regularity and help with weight control because only a small handful fills you up! And they are fat-free.

Wheatberries, also known as Hard, Red Winter Wheat, are a whole grain that is very high in fiber (the insoluble kind which keeps you fuller for longer), Antioxidants and Vitamin E.

If you are able to find them then they are very easy and versatile to add to your weekly menu. You can add them to your cereal or oatmeal in the morning, your salad at lunch, and your stir-fry dinner. They can be a replacement for rice or pasta and added to soups or breads. Sometimes you can find ‘Wheatberry bread’ – check by the organic breads at your supermarket.

To prepare wheatberries, put them in a pot with water, bring them to a boil, then reduce the heat to med-low and let them perk for about a half hour. When they are done they will be a nutty-tasting plump little chewy grain. You can store cooked wheatberries in your fridge for the week and uncooked ones will keep in the cabinet for about a month.

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