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Lifetakes: Smugly Farro

Rivky Singer

Farro ain’t mushy. It has a nutty bite to it and a crunch and it practically screams — if a superfood could scream — “I am super!”

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

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T here’s a one-quart blue Rubbermaid container of farro in my fridge and boy, am I happy about that.It feels good, it feels right, it feels responsible, it feels healthy. I don’t think I even have to actually eat it. Just having it there makes me feel complacently joyous.

I think I will eat it, just like I ate the wheat berries I cooked up last week. Mixed ’em up with some defrosted broccoli florets and edamame, threw in some chopped olives and slivered sun-dried tomatoes. Sprinkled on some low-fat Nish Nosh. Quite yummy.

A better alternative than my regular lunch routine: ziti on Monday/rigatoni on Tuesday/ditalini on Wednesday/fusilli on Thursday/elbows on Friday. After all, farro is an Italian superfood, didn’t ya know? It’s minimally processed. A mere cup has about eight grams of cholesterol-lowering fiber. That’s even more than brown rice! It boasts lots of protein and it’s low in gluten. It’s full of magnesium. Its complex carbs break down slowly, helping you maintain a steady energy level, and it boosts the immune system. What more can you ask for in a grain?

I know what you’re thinking, but no, I am not trying to lose “X” number of pounds or revamp my whole diet. What I am trying to do is make a small, manageable change in how I eat so I’m not turning to pasta all the time. Yes, pasta has been a tried-and-true loyal friend, saving the day whenever I needed a 12-minute rush dinner. It tried hard to stay with the times, welcoming additions like spinach and eggplant, even partnering with kale, but even so, I was eating it way too much, probably for the mushy, comforting quality it possesses.

Now farro ain’t mushy. It has a nutty bite to it and a crunch and it practically screams — if a superfood could scream — “I am super! I will make you feel so healthy and wholesome!” It’s like each little bitty grain has a teeny, weeny red superhero cape attached to it. As I eat my bowl, I imagine an announcer in the background intoning in his deep voice: “It’s not a ziti, it’s not a strand of angel hair, it’s… SuperFarro! Faster than a speeding beet, more powerful than carrot juice… It’s a grain! It’s a snack! It’s SuperFarro!”

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