October 03, 2022
I love farro! Not only is it super nutritious (packed full of fibre, protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants) it tastes, in my humble opinion, the best of all the ancient grains. Farro’s been around for thousands of years, (originating in ancient Rome and Egypt) and has a distinct nutty flavour and even tastes a bit sweet when compared to other grains. I have always enjoyed cooking with it, but ever since my 2-year-old son started gobbling it up, it’s become a staple in our house. If you have not yet become acquainted with this yummy grain, you should! Just one serving of cooked farro (about half a cup) contains 26 grams of carbohydrates (those good complex carbs), 3.5 grams of dietary fibre (more than brown rice), and 4 grams of protein (like quinoa, farro is a complete protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids) and is extremely low in fat (only 1 gram per serving).
It's also loaded with micronutrients like zinc, b3 (niacin), magnesium, and iron, which are not only necessary for the daily healthy function of our bodies but also when trying to conceive and when carrying a baby. Zinc is a very important nutrient for organizing growth and development in the body. It’s also a critical component in regulating fertility, and pregnancy. Niacin is not only necessary for healthy metabolism, nervous system, digestive system, and skin health, it’s thought to reduce your risk of miscarriage and birth defects. We need Iron for oxygen transport and storage, a healthy immune system, and hormone production. For women who are TTC or pregnant, iron becomes extra important as iron deficiency has been linked to infertility, miscarriages, low birth weight, and preterm labour. Magnesium is also important for energy production throughout the body, bone health, and managing constipation. It has also been shown to improve the chances of a successful embryo transfer for couples TTC with IVF. During pregnancy, magnesium may reduce the risk of complications like fetal growth restriction and preterm birth.Once cooked, farro can last in the fridge for up to 5 days. If you’re like me, finding lunch solutions that can be made in larger batches and kept in the fridge for quick and easy meals is key. The following recipe is made to serve 8-10, and is a great option for meal prepping lunches for the week. Besides farro, it’s loaded with other nutritious and fibre-rich veggies and legumes. The recipe can be made with feta or goat cheese for an added punch of flavour, but it tastes just as great as dairy-free. (The images below are dairy-free).
For the salad:
For the dressing:
Prep Tip: For optimal health and digestive benefits, soak the farro overnight and discard the water before cooking the next day. Do the same for the beans if cooking them from scratch (not using canned beans).
For more salad inspiration, check my Peach, Mint & Arugula Salad recipe. This fresh and zingy salad is sure to leave your taste buds singing.
Ewa Reid is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, certifying Fertility Support Practitioner, nutrition & fertility educator, wife, and mother. You can learn more about Ewa on our About page.
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