Barley Blog

The Cheapest Health Food You Aren’t Eating

Desiree Nielsen is a registered dietitian and nutrition operations manager for a small chain of organic and natural food stores in Vancouver, Canada. Passionate about plant-based diets for more vibrant health, Desiree believes that food should not only nourish your body but also feed the soul. When she isn’t chasing around after her toddler, Desiree is a sought-after speaker and blogger.

A staple of traditional cuisine, Barley is an inexpensive (a 4 lb bag can cost as little as $4-$7) yet highly nutritious grain. Usually relegated to the dustiest of bulk bins, barley is an anti inflammatory superstar that serves as an ideal substitute for rice, pasta or couscous when following Dr. Perricone’s 3 Tier Approach to healthy aging. Some benefits include:

  • Feel fuller, faster: Early research has shown that when the indigestible parts of barley are fermented in the gut, hormones called GLP-1 may assist in lowering blood sugars and improving feelings of satiety (aka, helping you feel satisfied on less food).
  • Stabilize blood sugar & lower cholesterol: The soluble fibre in barley helps keep blood sugars in check by slowing down the rate at which sugars are absorbed into the blood stream. It helps lower blood cholesterol by binding it in the gut and carrying it out of your system.
  • Boost energy levels: Barley is rich in the trace minerals manganese and copper and anti-oxidant selenium, which is a co-factor for the anti-oxidant enzyme glutathione peroxidase – just what you need to keep that energy flowing!

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s barely recipe. What are your barely preparation tips or recipes?

Kim’s Pore Erasing Routine

When my pores are feeling congested these are my go-to products:

1. Citrus Facial Wash- I switch between the Nutrtitive Cleanser and Citrus- typically, if I’m feeling oily, I’ll go for the Citrus Wash.

2. Intensive Pore Minimizer- A magical toner that actually makes a difference in the size of my pores. It gently exfoliates with a bit of salicylic acid and alpha lipoic acid while strengthening the pore walls and firming with DMAE.

3. Treatments: In the morning, I like to layer Advanced Face Firming Activator over my Cold Plasma. This is great for refining any surface flaws like lines, wrinkles or pores. In the evening to get my best “beauty sleep” I use the High Potency Evening Repair which has retinol, alpha lipoic acid and DMAE for more exfoliating and firming.

Tip: Make sure you follow up with an SPF the next day since the night treatment contains Retinol, which can increase photo sensitivity.

What’s your decongesting or detox skin care routine?

anti aging frittata

Spring Greens Frittata

A special thanks to Heather & Desiree of The Fresh Sheet for this Perricone-friendly recipe.

This frittata uses several staples from the anti-aging kitchen – it’s the ultimate quick dinner or brunch. Protein-rich and chock full of nutrient dense greens, this dish is energizing, cleansing and bound to put a spring in your step.

Serves 4

  • 1 + 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 leek, white and light green parts only, washed and trimmed
  • 1 large bunch of organic kale, washed and trimmed
  • 8 organic omega 3 eggs
  • Juice of one lemon

Side Salad

  • 1 large bunch of watercress, washed
  • 1 cup of thinly sliced radishes

Optional: ½ cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano

  1. To wash leeks, remove green tops and trim end. Slice leek lengthwise and rinse through the layers thoroughly to remove any grit. Then slice into 1/4 inch thick half moons. Remove stems from kale, slice thinly and set aside. Cut kale leaves into one inch squares.
  1. Preheat broiler to high. In a small bowl, mix lemon juice and 1/2 tbsp olive oil with salt and pepper to taste and set aside.
  2. Heat a medium, oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tbsp olive oil, leeks and kale stems. Sauté gently until leek is glossy and soft, about 3 minutes. Add kale leaves and sauté until they just begin to wilt, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, beat eggs in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper. If using, stir in the grated Parmigiano Reggiano. When kale is wilted, add vegetable mixture to eggs, stir to combine and then return to skillet.
  4. Cook eggs until set through the bottom, about 5-7 minutes. Take off the heat and place under the broiler to finish; eggs should be completely set.

To serve, slice ¼ of the frittata and plate. Toss watercress and radishes in lemon and olive oil dressing and then serve frittata with a small handful of salad.

Enjoy in good health!

Heather McColl is a registered dietitian, chef and food stylist in Vancouver, Canada with a reputation for offering practical nutrition advice that focuses on the enjoyment of food. In her day to day work, Heather helps consumers cook and eat healthy meals through educational programming, media, and marketing. When she’s not in the kitchen creating delicious recipes, you’ll find Heather hiking the local mountains. You can follow Heather on Twitter.

Desiree Nielsen is a registered dietitian and nutrition operations manager for a small chain of organic and natural food stores in Vancouver, Canada. Passionate about plant-based diets for more vibrant health, Desiree believes that food should not only nourish your body but also feed the soul. When she isn’t chasing around after her toddler, Desiree is a sought-after speaker and blogger. You can also follow Desiree on Twitter


5 Facts on Kale

Desiree Nielsen is a registered dietitian and nutrition operations manager for a small chain of organic and natural food stores in Vancouver, Canada. Passionate about plant-based diets for more vibrant health, Desiree believes that food should not only nourish your body but also feed the soul. When she isn’t chasing around after her toddler, Desiree is a sought-after speaker and blogger. 

If the eyes are the windows to the soul, your skin is the window to your overall health. Feeding skin with proper nutrients and supporting proper detoxification processes in the liver can help to reduce the likelihood that internal imbalances will expose themselves on your skin, in the form of blemishes and visible signs of aging.

Long dismissed as garnish, kale has revealed itself to be a potent source of many anti aging, skin-loving nutrients:

  • 1 cup of kale has 3 ½ times your daily beta-carotene needs and plenty of vitamin C to help boost that gorgeous glow.
  • Kale also contains a host of anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory flavonols, such as quercetin, to help defend your body from the stresses of modern life.
  • Kale provides a dietary source of alpha-lipoic acid, which helps regenerate other anti-oxidants like vitamin C and Glutathione.
  • Kale’s fibre supports a healthy digestive tract to help keep digestion-related inflammation at bay.
  • Sulfur-based glucosinolates in kale help to support the natural detoxification pathways in the liver

Queen of the vegetable world, kale has rightfully earned its place amongst Dr. Perricone’s anti-inflammatory super foods. What are your tips for preparing Kale?

You can also follow Desiree on Twitter. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s entry featuring Desiree’s recipe for a Spring Frittata.


New Must Have: No Concealer Concealer SPF 35

Have you ever applied concealer and realized it was really unflattering, making you look older?

Has concealer ever left your skin feeling “suffocated” and worse the next day?

Do you ever have to skip applying separate treatments, moisturizers, makeup and SPF because you’re in a hurry?

Do you prefer more of a natural healthy glow than full coverage?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, our new No Concealer Concealer SPF 35 was made for you. Its formulated with treatment, just the right amount of coverage and your SPF so you can apply and go- with no unflattering settling.

No Concealer Concealer SPF 35 is more than a traditional concealer:

  • Instantly camouflages dark circles under the eye and imperfections anywhere on the face.
  • Formulated with Dr. Perricone’s advanced age-fighting technologies:  to treat fine lines, brighten discoloration & dark circles as well as enhance skin’s ability to retain moisture.
  •  Contains micro-circulatory agents to improve circulation thereby minimizing puffiness and dark circles.
  • Protects with skin with broad spectrum UVA/UVB, non-chemical SPF 35.
  • Ideal primer for eye make-up – really helps with makeup wear and longevity
  • Crease-proof; does not settle into fine lines adding years to one’s look.

Questions about No Concealer Concealer? Find us on Twitter @perriconemd or on Facebook at the

anti aging rhubarb

Uncommon Spring Delights: Rhubarb

Typically found in pies, crumbles and other high glycemic dishes, Rhubarb is an overlooked spring delight. First cultivated in China and Tibet dating back to the Liang Dynasty, Rhubarb was highly valued for its medicinal benefits, as the root was a popular remedy for a wide range of illnesses.

Rhubarb is actually a relative of buckwheat (which Dr. Perricone recommends as part of the anti aging kitchen) and has an earthy, sour flavor. Botanically speaking, rhubarb is considered a vegetable, but it’s widely regarded as a fruit. Some of Rhubarb’s health benefits might surprise you:

  • Rich in Vitamin K, which aids in blood clotting and supports bone health.
  • Vitamin C & Vitamin A both excellent for immunity, vision function and overall health
  • It’s a non-dairy source of bone-building calcium
  • Excellent source of potatssium, magnesium, iron, manganese, selenium, copper and phosphorus which support bone health, red blood cell function and nervous system health
  • Rhubarb contains the antioxidant lycopene, which is released after cooking.
  • Rich in phytonutrients such as ellagic acid, quercetin and hesperidin which may help reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer. In addition, they play a role in heart health by improving your blood cholesterol levels and contributing to healthy blood pressure
  • Lycopene and quercetin are antioxidants that fight free radicals that can cause disease and accelerate the effects of aging

Have you ever prepared or cooked with Rhubarb?

5 Minutes to Flawless: No Concealer Concealer SPF 35, No Foundation Foundation SPF 30

5 Minutes to a Flawless Face

Perriconista Barbara, 42, is a mother of two and healthy living blogger at In this video she shares her quick & easy routine for a flawless face in 5 minutes.

As a busy wife and mother of two, sometimes 5 minutes is all I have! Now, its all I need thanks to these four skin saving products. Here are my application tips:

1. Cleanse with Citrus Wash: I’ve been using it daily, morning & evening, for over 5 years and LOVE it! It goes with me wherever I go, and I do not miss a day without it.

2. Smooth on Cold Plasma: This one product does it all for my skin, plus its a great base.

3. No Foundation Foundation SPF 30: I’m always looking for a good SPF and this delivers on the non-chemical SPF, but also gives me just a little bit of coverage. Its easy to blend and I use circular motions.

4. No Concealer Conealer SPF 35: New favorite! I dab this on gently under my eyes- just around the contours for instant brightening. You can also pat on any other “problem” areas.

Voila! Finished in under 5 minutes. It stays all day, there’s no unflattering settling in the wrong areas like most makeup, and my healthy glow comes through.

Are you on Twitter? Tweet your 5 minute beauty routine @perriconemd @BarbaraPorAtras #perriconista



sun's dangerous UVA/UVB rays

To Absorb or Deflect?

How exactly do sunscreens function?

Chemical sunscreens, found in most makeup, work by being absorbed into the skin’s top layer and either deflect UV rays, or absorb them and convert the rays into something harmless. Chemical sunscreens often protect against one type of UV light and thus need to be combined; otherwise skin is partially protected and still susceptible to sun damage.

Dr. Perricone formulated his No Makeup products with non-chemical sunscreens, also known as “physical” blockers, to protect skin against irritation and offer complete sun protection. These non-chemical sunscreens work by sitting on top of skin and providing a physical barrier against UV rays, essentially deflecting them like a shield and thus preventing sun damage. Because they act as a physical barrier, they provide complete broad spectrum protection from the sun’s aging and burning rays (UVA and UVB).

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non-chemical sunscreen makeup

Hidden Chemical Sunscreens

We’ve all heard about the dangers of sun damage and the importance of sun screen. But selecting the wrong SPF can wreck havoc on your skin- especially if it’s a chemical sunscreen. One of the biggest secret offenders? Makeup.

And we apply it almost everyday. This is problematic because it can create sensitivity issues and even severe reactions over time. Chemical sunscreens can be hidden in your everyday foundation, concealer and even tinted moisturizers. Despite the fact that chemical sunscreens are far more likely to cause allergic reactions and irritate the skin, many companies continue to use them because: 1. they’re cheaper than using an expensive non-chemical SPF and 2. Until recently, non-chemical sun screens would feel heavier and sometimes add a white pigment to makeup.

Stay tuned for a tomorrow’s entry discussing the non-chemical sunscreens found in Perricone MD products.

What type of sunscreen is in your foundation or tint?


The Importance of Melanin

Examining skin’s coloration indicates how much or little melanin is present. Most of the differences that exist in various shades of skin is linked to melanin content. Not only does melanin determine the color of skin, but it controls the person’s ability to resist sun damage and recover from inflammatory responses, like visible irritation.
Melanin acts like an umbrella that absorbs ultraviolet rays. After as little as 5 minutes in direct sunlight, free radicals release arachidonic acid, leading to the destructive cascade of inflammation.
As Dr. Perricone explains in his Theory of Inflammation (The Wrinkle Cure): cellular inflammation = visible signs of aging and systemic diseases.
Dermatologists rank skin’s photo sensitivity on a color scale from 1-6. The fairest complexions which never tan, and only burn, are ranked as a 1, whereas people with dark brown skin that can resist sun damage longer than these types are ranked a 6.

How does your skin behave in the sun?