I have tried many alternative hot drinks to coffee and tea, some good some not so good. Then I discovered Barleycup, a versatile instant cereal drink. Yes they all have very similar claims but the thing I like about Barleycup is the fact that it is not only healthy, but low in calorie too and you can add it to recipes!
I went gluten-free in October 2016 and Caffeine free a few years ago, I do miss my cups of coffee and tea, I can have decaf but I would rather drink a healthy hot drink. So of course instantly I turned to the likes of Peppermint, Green Tea and Kombucha and many more. I still drink those drinks to this day but I still have the urge for a drink that I can add my lactose free milk to. Bingo! Barleycup is now part of my daily routine!
It is perfect for people that are gluten-free (Barleycup is certified by Coeliac UK), caffeine-free or lactose-free. Also great if you are counting those calories, but it is also Dextrose-free and ok for vegans. It has no artificial additives, health in a cup!
When I first tried Barleycup, I loved the fact that it had a mild taste to it, not overpowering at all, but still strong enough to compete with tea and coffee. It is perfect just as it is, you can just add hot water (not boiling) to the 2 teaspoons of Barleycup or you can leave a little room in the cup for a drizzle of almond or coconut milk, I prefer to have it with almond milk as it makes it a little creamier.
There are a few different variations of Barleycup you can buy –
Barleycup Powder made from roasted barley, rye and chicory – click here to view full details I am a bit partial to chicory, but its not overpowering as its mixed with barley and rye, this one has a really nice smooth taste.
Barleycup Organic made from roasted barley, rye and chicory – this one has a certification in organic cultivation. Click here to view full details from what I can gather this is exactly the same as the one above but is Organic. I am big on organic, most of my food is organic, so this one is my favourite!
Barleycup with Dandelion made from roasted barley, rye, chicory root, dandelion root and sugar beet. Click here to view full details I used to drink lots of dandelion tea, part of my Danette May food plan I started in October, but months into it I just could not get used to the taste! It is sharp! But Barleycup seem to have managed to avoid the sharp, bitter taste of dandelion in this lovely drink, although I have to say I can still taste a little, I suppose I am a bit more in tune with it having had it in the past!
Barleycup Granules made from roasted barley, rye and chicory Click here to view full details I have not tried this one so I cannot comment on it, but I am sure its equally as nice as the others.
One thing I sometimes do is add a bit of coconut sugar to my organic Barleycup drink, although it certainly doesn’t need any extra sweetness but I sometimes like a bit of sweetness if I am having a particularly sweet craving day. Coconut sugar is a healthier alternative to refined sugar, but its healthier not to have any at all! Coconut sugar is about 16 calories per teaspoon.
So if you are looking for an alternative to tea, coffee or just want to try something new then give Barleycup a try, I am sure you will not be disappointed!
Barleycup can be purchased at many health stores including Holland and Barrett, for a full stockists list please click here It is also a great price point at only approx £3 per 100grams.
Barleycups website is www.barleycup.co.uk and you can follow their news and updates on Twitter @BarleycupUK
You can also add Barleycup into your baking, have a look here at some handy recipes
Thanks for reading my review and I am just off to make myself my 3rd Barleycup drink of the day!