Crazy for quinoa? Let us introduce you to another supergrain we love: freekeh!

Featured in our seasonal Farmhouse Chicken Salad, freekeh is essentially wheat that’s been harvested when still green. As a result, freekeh retains a number of nutritional benefits. To name just a few:

  • More minerals and protein than in wheat harvested once mature.

  • Low glycemic index and low insulin response – good news for those looking to prevent or manage Type II diabetes!

  • Lots and lots of fiber – in fact, three times the amount of fiber in brown rice and double that found in quinoa. More fiber means you’ll fill up faster – the key to weight loss! Fiber is also integral to digestive health.

  • Antioxidants galore. Specifically, the antioxidants identified in freekeh are associated with better eye health.

Health benefits aren’t the only good news. This ancient grain is also incredibly versatile preparation-wise and a great option for vegetarians and vegans. You can use it:

  • As a salad base.

  • As a healthier substitution in rice or couscous recipes.

  • As part of a power breakfast – simply cook up chewy freekeh and pair with hearty, protein packed Greek yogurt and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup. Then top with berries, fresh fruit or shredded coconut for added sweetness and nuts for added crunch!

Ready to get your freekeh on? Stop into Le Pain Quotidien to give freekeh a try. Comment below with your thoughts!