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Barley, A Prophetic Staple

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Nabeela Vadi – Cii Radio

Mentioned in 250 Hadeeth – the sunnah, the benefits and the cures residing in barley, makes it a noteworthy food.

Whenever a member of the family of Muhammad (SAW) fell sick then it was ordered that the barley gruel should be prepared for him. Then Prophet Muhammad (SAW) used to state it (barley) removes the grief of the patients heart, removes its weakness as any of you removes the dirt from your face after washing it”. [Ibn Majah]

Barley is so easily digested that the Prophet SAW even recommended that barley soup (talbina) be used for all stomach ailments [Sahih Bukhari].

Extremely high in calcium, Barley also contains protein and it does not encourage bloating or unhealthy bacterial growth; barley is a good option for daily consumption.

Being an extremely nutritious grain, barley lowers high cholesterol and may help prevent heart disease. It is also effective at maintaining stable blood sugar levels for those who are diabetic.

What is Talbina

Talbina is the barley gruel that was especially prepared after boiling barley with milk and it was sweetened with honey. It is almost like a barley porridge.

Sayyiditina Aa’isha (RA) used to order preparation of Talbina for sick persons and used to say “though the patient may dislike it, but it is highly beneficial for him. [Bukhari]

Talbina Recipe:

Talbina is made by adding 1-2 tablespoons of barley flour (must be 100% wholegrain barley flour) to one and a half cups of water or milk, or a mixture of both. Add a few grains of salt, then cook and stir on a low heat for 10-15 minutes until the mixture thickens. It can be sweetened with honey and served with a dollop of quince jam if you like.

Bread was also prepared from barley during the time of the Prophet SAW.

Yousuf Bin Abdullah Bin Salam(RA) states that, “I saw the Prophet taking a piece of barley bread and put a date on it and stated that was bread’s vegetable.” [Abu Dawood]

Health Benefits of Barley

[Extracted from EatHealthyLiveFit.com]

5 Essential Tips to Put the Joy back into dieting

Yumnah Sarang – Cii Radio

  1. How can one eat carbohydrates cleverly?

Combine them with a protein ALWAYS.

By doing so the protein which contains amino acids makes the digestive environment more acidic thus resulting in a slower breakdown of the carbohydrates. This in result ensures that you will feel fuller for longer.

Also by including lemon juice into your food the same process will occur, therefore reducing over eating.

Protein includes:

  • Eggs
  • Lentils
  • Fish
  • Chicken
  • Nuts (almonds)
  • Sunflower and pumpkin seeds


  1. 2. Which fibers are good for you?

Soluble Fiber can be found in everyday products such as:

  • Lentils
  • Dried peas
  • Oat meal
  • Oat cereal
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Oranges
  • Strawberries
  • Nuts
  • Blueberries
  • Cucumbers
  • Carrots

Soluble fibers fill you up for longer and lower the GL of a meal.


  1. 3. How does one eat dessert cleverly?
  • Don’t eat dessert immediately after a meal

Try and have a 20 minute gap between the main course and the dessert. These 20 minutes will allow your brain to process the food already eaten; and to allow your brain to monitor your appetite. This will give you the feeling that you are not very hungry and will ensure that you will eat less at dessert time.

  1. 4. How do you eat out healthy?
  • Don’t leave your home feeling hungry.
  • Have a small snack eg. almonds and apples
  • Don’t starve yourself the entire day.
  • Avoid eating bread before your meal especially when you are very hungry. (This will directly spike your blood sugar levels causing it to go very high. Rather request an olive.)
  1. 5. What is the perfect way to detox?
  • Fasting

By having set intervals between your meals, it will reduce food intake.

  • Give your digestive system a nine hour break between supper and breakfast.
  • Vitamin C,B, magnesium and zinc are very supportive when cleansing your system

N.B. Get advice from a health practitioner before loading on all of the above mentioned vitamins because every vitamin works differently on an individual.

Healthy Fact

  • Chew your food slowly, this will result in you taking longer to eat as well as eating less.

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