Pearl barley is a great grain to have as a side in foods or as a main meal with some protein, this grain is high in fibre and fairly low in calories too, but does it have syns on the slimming world plan?
Pearl barley is a syn-free grain in the slimming world, making it a great carbohydrate base for meals like soup, salad or stews.
We've made a syn guide below, discussing why pearl barley is syn free, some other syn free grains and carbs on the SW plan two slimming world recipes using pearl barley for some cooking inspo!
Pearl barley is considered a free food on the slimming world plan, this means you can eat as much of this grain as you want without having to track its syns on the plan.
Pearl barley is syn free as long as it comes naturally dried out of its packet, avoid microwave packets with grains like this since they often contain oil in order to keep the grains separate, meaning they have a syn value.
A fair amount of grains and carbs are syn-free on the slimming world plan, we've listed the other main options below.
If you have a packet of pearl barley in the cupboard and you are unsure of what slimming world-friendly recipe you can make with this grain, we've got two great SW recipes for you to try out at home below.
Overall, pearl barley is a syn free grain on the slimming world plan meaning you can eat as much of it as you want without tracking syns, working well with soups or as a side with proteins like chicken and fish.
Always be cautious of microwave packets which often contain oil, meaning they have syns. If you are interested in learning about the syns in other grains like rice, we have a good syn guide here.