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Crunchy roasted wheat kernels with a smoky flavor

Origin: Middle East

Why It's Healthy:
Because the kernels are harvested while they're still young, they contain more vitamins and minerals than other grains. Freekeh also provides up to four times the fiber content of brown rice, which is good news for the waistline: A 2010 study found that fiber protects against weight gain. In the stomach, freekeh acts as a prebiotic—providing sustenance for the good bacteria that aid in digestion.

Whip It Up:
Bring 5 cups cold water and 2 cups freekeh to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 35 to 40 minutes. Chef Bradford Heap of Boulder's SALT recommends sprinkling the grain into soups and salads or mixing it with roasted squash, sage, extra-virgin olive oil, and champagne vinegar.

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