August 11, 2017

What Is Farina? The Filling Breakfast Dish Everyone’s Talking About!

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Think it's time to make a change in your eating habits? I know I'm with you on that! So if you're wondering about the wonders of a healthy diet, then it's time to learn more about the different types of food you should eat. You may have heard of oatmeal or cereal before, but have you ever heard of Farina? Many people still wonder about it and if it's something healthy you can consume! So, what is Farina, exactly?

Read on as I talk about what Farina is and if it is a healthy type of food you can consume on a daily basis.

What Is Farina? The Filling Breakfast Dish Everyone's Talking About!

What is Farina?​

Farina isn't a brand name, but a type of hot cereal made of milled wheat. The word "Farina" comes from a Latin word, which means flour of meal. It contains germ and endosperm of grain, which is then milled to a fine consistency and sifted to take the form of powder. It's a carbohydrate-rich food that's ideal for vegetarian diets because of its many vitamins and minerals that are found in it.

There are many recipes people can do with Farina, which is why it's also another popular hot cereal for breakfast, may it be children or adults eating it!

Farina vs. Oatmeal​

Many people have a difficult the differentiating Farina and oatmeal, and it's probably due to the similar looks and consistency! So to help you out, here are the differences between both types of food:

For starters, regular oatmeal is made from whole-grain oats, while Farina is made out of wheat. The latter is NOT whole-grain and contains fewer calories, with oatmeal containing about 166 calories and Farina containing 126 calories per cup.

Farina is fortified, enriched with more nutrients (especially the instant Farina). Oatmeal is NOT enhanced, with only its instant-cooking variety having the proper amount of nutrients. But this will again depend on the type and brand.

As for its consistency and flavor, I can say that both taste the same when plain, as it needs more toppings and filling to give it a better flavor. In my opinion, Farina tastes smoother, especially when cooked right. And that's what I like!

Either way, both are great choices when it comes to looking for filling food to boost your energy!​

Benefits of Farina​

So what does Farina have to offer as compared to eating anything else for breakfast? Here are the various health benefits and nutrition facts Farina has that makes it a healthy dish:

Farina is rich in calcium, containing about 235 milligrams of it. This helps improve your bone density and muscles!

Farina is known for its high amount of iron, which is essential in helping carry oxygen to all the cells in your body. In one cup of Farina, you get 11 milligrams of iron.

It is a natural source of carbohydrate and protein, with 24.15 grams and 3.83 grams in one cup, respectively. That way, you feel filled up and energized without the sugar crash!With one cup of Farina, you get a lot of B vitamins. It's enriched with all the B vitamins that help with your cells' overall health and keep you focused.

Tips on Making Farina​

Now that you know what Farina is and the things it can do for your mind and body, the next question is how to prepare it! Here are some tips and ideas you can follow on making Farina:​

  • You originally make Farina just like what you do with oatmeal. Boil one cup of water and a pinch of salt, then add a quarter cup of Farina, stirring regularly until it has thickened to your desire.
  • Now that you know how to prepare Farina, you can start adding your desired toppings. What I love to add is a mixture of syrup, sliced bananas, and a pinch of cinnamon. Other fruits and sweeteners (like milk) work as well!
  • If you want something savory, then I recommend adding fried egg and cheese, with the appropriate sauces and seasonings. Grated cheese, salsa, and a large egg are perfect!

​In Conclusion

For those who are looking for ways to eat healthily and get filled without the stuffy feeling, then it might be time to try eating Farina! This type of food is best for creating hot cereal during breakfast, or even a low-calorie snack that is best served either savory or sweet.

I hope that this article helped answer your question: "What is Farina?" Now that you're familiar with this type of food, why not try making your batch today and see what it has to offer to you! You'll be surprised that it might be your next favorite food.

If you have any questions or would like to share your thoughts on Farina, then comment down below. I would love to hear what you have to think.​

    Claire J. Ruiz

    I'm Claire, and my passion is cooking. I believe that food is what actually unites people and the dining table is where we set aside our differences. When we eat we become vulnerable because enjoying food requires a different level of trust and surrender to the person preparing your food. Sharing and enjoying food is one of the most intimate experiences in life.​

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