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Inflammation is a condition that may lead to weight gain and in turn, make losing weight more difficult than it already is. Inflammation kicks your immune system into overdrive and can be the result of a lack of exercise, stress, and exposure to toxins. One way to combat this is to consume superfoods that are natural forms of ibuprofen, which will help to stop inflammation. Superfoods are just that – super – because they pack the mot nutrients into each serving.

There are millions of superfood recipes you can find online, and specifically on Pinterest. This is a favorite just to get you started (it’s so easy!):

Pearled Barley Salad With Apples, Pomegranate Seeds and Pine Nuts:

You will need:

1/3 cup(s) pine nuts, preferably from Italy 2 ounces

1/4 cup(s) plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

3 tablespoon(s) white wine vinegar

1 small shallot, minced 2 tablespoons

Salt and freshly ground pepper

4 cup(s) Thyme-Scented Pearled Barley (see below)

1 large tart apple, such as Honeycrisp cored and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

1/2 cup(s) pomegranate seeds, from 1 pomegranate

1/2 cup(s) chopped flat-leaf parsley

What To Do:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Spread the pine nuts in a pie plate and toast until golden, about 5 minutes. Let cool.

2. In a bowl, whisk the oil with the vinegar and shallot and season with salt and pepper. Add the Thyme-Scented Pearled Barley (see below), pine nuts, apple, pomegranate seeds and parsley. Toss before serving.

*Original recipe found at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/pearled-barley-salad-with_n_1058606.html*

 

A short and easy list of super foods that can help you fight fat:

Vegetables.

Arugula, broccoli, cabbage, bell peppers, romaine lettuce, scallions, spinach tomatoes.

Fruit.

Apples, cherries, oranges, blueberries, grapefruit, pomegranates, avocados.

Fish.

Salmon, tilapia, flounder.

Nuts and Seeds.

Walnuts, sesame seeds, flaxseeds,  pine nuts, almonds (raw and unsalted).