March 4, 2013 Healthy Eats Mediterranean Barley Salad Two Sundays back I woke up and thought, I need to make a bit of a change. Since the Super Bowl, I’d been eating snacking on leftover chips, dip and eating way too much pizza for dinner. Mostly, I didn’t want it to go to waste, and also it was easy. But I woke up that Sunday and was lie, I just feel like crap. Tired, groggy, bloated, and just bleeeh. For someone who typically eats healthy, I’d thrown myself off pretty seriously. Monday morning I made a grocery run and stocked up on a ton of fruits and veggies. I also found a new product, 10-minute barley, yum! I scooped that up and went home to make this barley salad. Not only is it healthy, it’s filling and super tasty. I ended up eating this everyday last week for lunch. This past weekend, I woke up feeling so thankful that I made that veggie run. More energy, sleeping better, feeling lighter, and just generally better! Mediterranean Barley Salad 1 package Trader Joe’s 10 minute barley, cooked and drained 1 cup tomatoes, chopped 1 cup cucumber, seeded & chopped 1 can drained and rinsed garbanzo beans 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped 1/4 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp dried oregano 1 tbsp olive oil 2 lemon wedges A few splashes of red wine vinegar Salt and pepper to taste 1/4 cup fat free crumbled feta cheese Method Cook barley according to directions, drain and cool. Add all ingredients in a bowl, toss and chill. Serve garnished with more mint and feta. *Note: These measurements are estimates, adjust to your taste!