Have you tried the super food Freekeh?

by Heather Santo on April 28, 2014

Have you tried Freekeh Have you tried the super food Freekeh?

For the last 10 years or more, super foods have been all the rage. These wonder foods that up until recently were not eaten by the general public. We now seem them everywhere. One of the problems with the rest of the world being let in on the little health secrets is that the price can raise dramatically on those items. I remember getting quinoa years ago and when no one was eating it, it was only $8.99 or so at Costco for 4 pounds. Now it is closer to $20 for the same amount. Nothing like the word getting out, huh?

During a recent visit to purchase some quinoa, my husband came across a bag by one of the quinoa manufacturers that was $8.99 for 4 pounds. The product was called Freekeh — pronounced “FREE- KUH” and I was really excited to try it. It is is a cracked grain and has a great texture. Here’s some fun facts about the super food Freekeh

  • It has less calories per serving than quinoa or brown rice (130 per serving)
  • Cooks quickly in 20 or so minutes in the 2.5 cups of water — I use chicken stock
  • Has 8g of protein per serving
  • Should be rinsed just like quinoa
  • Contains gluten
  • Has 0mg of sodium

These super food functions similarly to quinoa and could possibly be replaced in many of the same recipes. Freekeh has a chewy, nutty texture like brown rice. The picture at the top of the post is a batch I just made using some chicken stock. It will make a great addition to your next meal while providing great nutrition.

Have you given Freekeh a try? If you haven’t, give it a go. Pretty soon it will be popping up all over the grocery store shelves, but for now you can find it in some health food and specialty stores as well as Costco.

 

Headshot Footer Have you tried the super food Freekeh? Heather Santo is a 20 year cake decorator turned Wellness Enthusiast who is an absolute foodie and has changed her own life for the better by losing 85lbs. She is also a virtual assistant to help busy entrepreneurs by making their lives easier and healthier. On her journey to natural health, she learned that essential oils could change her life and now teaches others daily to use them as part of their everyday lives as well.

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Sheri April 30, 2014 at 6:52 am

Thanks Heather, I’ve never tried it but now I will. I tend not to eat a lot of grains to begin with so I like trying fun new things that make them exciting. I’m going to try a pilaf of some sort. Would it work well in a soup and hold up like barley? Fun.

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Heather Santo April 30, 2014 at 4:49 pm

It is pretty hearty, so I would imagine that it should really hold up quite nicely.

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Sonya April 30, 2014 at 7:01 am

I’m liking the sound if this, going to look out for it in the UK.

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Heather Santo April 30, 2014 at 4:49 pm

I hope you find it out there! Let me know if you do!

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Sundi Jo April 30, 2014 at 7:30 am

Bummed that it contains gluten.

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Heather Santo April 30, 2014 at 4:50 pm

:( I know, it’s not a good choice for gluten intolerant.

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Teri May 30, 2014 at 7:35 pm

Good to know about the gluten.

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Heather Santo May 31, 2014 at 9:12 am

It’s a great food to try if you don’t have a gluten intolerance.

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Michael Kawula April 30, 2014 at 7:45 am

Never tried it but seems interesting! Looks like quinoa.

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Heather Santo April 30, 2014 at 4:50 pm

Its just a bit more hearty of a texture and with a little more bite to it.

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Yakini April 30, 2014 at 7:57 am

This looks very interesting! We will have to look into it. By the way Heather, you look fantastic!!! Love your story!

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Heather Santo April 30, 2014 at 4:50 pm

Thank you so much!!

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Beth Niebuhr April 30, 2014 at 8:38 am

Heather, I hadn’t heard about this. It sounds good and is economical too.

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Lacie Johnson April 30, 2014 at 9:01 am

Heather,
I am always scouring Pinterest for new ideas for dinner that are healthy. It’s so nice to have some advice on what to try. I would never have even thought of Freekeh had you know recommended it! Thank YOU

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Heather Santo April 30, 2014 at 4:51 pm

Yay! Let me know how you love it!

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Patricia Ogilvie April 30, 2014 at 9:05 am

not sure about the name!! hahaha! I have not heard of it, but will look for it here!! thanks! P

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Heather Santo April 30, 2014 at 4:51 pm

I just call it “Freaky” lol

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Jackie Harder April 30, 2014 at 9:36 am

I’m not a big fan of brown rice (or wild rice for that matter). But reading this has made me realize I’m hungry. Thanks for that! ;-)

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Heather Santo April 30, 2014 at 4:51 pm

Hehe, any time.

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Michelle Farris April 30, 2014 at 11:02 am

Great idea, I will have to try it. I like a nutty flavor and always looking for healither foods. Do you have any tips on adding things to spice it up?

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Heather Santo April 30, 2014 at 4:52 pm

You can do anything that you would normally do with quinoa. I added a lemon herby dressing over it and it as amazing.

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Pam April 30, 2014 at 11:30 am

I have never heard of it. It sounds good because I love brown rice with vegetables . Thanks for sharing!

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Heather Santo April 30, 2014 at 4:52 pm

If you love brown rice you will really enjoy this.

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christine steendam April 30, 2014 at 1:38 pm

This sounds awesome! I’m gonna have to keep my eyes peeled for it.

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christine steendam April 30, 2014 at 1:38 pm

This sounds awesome! I’m gonna have to keep my eyes peeled for it.

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Heather Santo April 30, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Let me know if you find it!

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Kim Nesbitt April 30, 2014 at 3:48 pm

Thanks Heather. It looks very interesting, I’ll have to give it a try!

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Heather Santo April 30, 2014 at 4:52 pm

It’s well worth it!

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Kay Rose April 30, 2014 at 4:37 pm

Very interesting. Thanks for the info…will have to check it out on my next Costco run!

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Heather Santo April 30, 2014 at 4:53 pm

You can find it hanging out by the quinoa and rices.

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Patricia May 1, 2014 at 4:47 pm

Thanks for sharing this. I recently started using Quinoa in salads and as a pasta replacement. I’ll have to check the FreeKeh out.

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Edmund May 1, 2014 at 4:48 pm

FREEKEH! Not so familiar with it but it sounds EXCITING!

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Karen Fox May 1, 2014 at 5:45 pm

Never heard of it… Will have to check it out for my daughter! Thanks for the info!

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Heather Santo May 15, 2014 at 9:13 am

It is really good!

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Holly Jean May 3, 2014 at 4:51 am

Thanks Heather! I love trying new health products so I will look out for it at the store!

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Pamela.and.Rose June 1, 2014 at 7:58 am

Is Freekah the one made by a guy in San Francisco? I read about that one and sounded good

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Heather Santo June 1, 2014 at 1:07 pm

I don’t believe so. Its a natural grain and there are many different manufacturers.

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