15 Foods With Almost No Calories and a Ton of Nutrients
If you want to lose weight and keep it off, the only way to successfully do so is by reducing your caloric intake and burning more calories than you consume. What this means is you should eat food packed with nutrients i.e. with high nutritional value and very few calories.
It’s as simple as that; however, while this weight loss equation may sound easy, it can be a lot harder than it seems. It seems that foods that are low in calories either don’t offer enough nutrients, or they don’t fill you up; thus, you end up grabbing for foods that are higher in calories than you’d like because you can’t seem to satiate your hunger pangs. In other words, we need to eat nutrient dense foods, with plenty of nutritional value and almost no calories.
Here are 15 foods that are actually packed with nutrients and are virtually calorie-free:
At 52 calories per 100 gram serving, apples actually have more calories than most of the foods on this list. But filled with fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, they’re more than worth it. Personally, I like to eat one as a snack between lunch and dinner to stop me from turning to something a lot less healthy.
Growing up cucumbers were one of the few vegetables I liked to eat. Filled with water, they are great for hydration and are delicious when added to a pitcher of water. At 16 calories per 100-grams, they are extremely low in calories and make an excellent addition to any salad.
I’m not really a big fan of oranges, but their health benefits are undeniable. Filled with vitamin C, oranges come in at just 47 calories per 100 gram serving, far fewer than many other fruits.
Kale is one of the most nutrient dense foods around. For just 49 calories you get a ton of fiber, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and protein. You can try making kale chips, put it in a salad, or I even regularly eat it in wraps.
Watermelon is another summertime favorite of mine. So sweet and juicy – who would’ve guessed that it is so low in calories? With just 30 in a 100-gram serving and containing loads of beneficial antioxidants, it really is a guilt-free treat. It’s even been known to boost your metabolism. Just be sure not to overindulge – something I’m definitely guilty of on occasion.
Zucchini has just 17 calories in a 100-gram serving. I love it in a stir-fry or a pasta sauce, but you can use it in a ton of different ways, even in bread.
Celery is your classic zero calorie food. Consisting of mostly water, by the time you’re done all that chewing, you’ve probably expended more calories than you’ve consumed. A 100-gram serving contains just 16 calories. Just don’t go overboard with dips or spreads or whatever topping you usually prefer.
Broccoli is one of my all time favorite vegetables. In a stir-fry or as a side, I absolutely love it. It’s great because it contains a ton of fiber, helping your digestive system, and even some plant protein. There’s just 34 calories in a 100-gram serving.
Cabbage has been known to help fight cancer and heart disease. It can also help you lose weight, coming in at just 25 calories per 100 grams. I absolutely love cabbage soup and it’s a great soup to love because it’s so filling and has so few calories.
Cauliflower has anti-inflammatory properties and can help your heart and digestive system. It contains just 25 calories in a 100 gram serving and can be used to make delicious pizza crusts. You may even burn more calories preparing it than you will eating it.
Onions are the starting point for a lot of different recipes. When I don’t know what I’m doing in the kitchen, I always start with frying some onions in a pan to get some flavor going. It’s nice to know that I’m not adding many calories, just 40 per 100 grams. They also contain beneficial flavonoids.
Pretty much all kinds of mushrooms are low in calories. Chanterelles have just 38 calories in a 100-gram serving, portabellas just 22. Put them in a sauce, a sauté, or even make them into a burger, they add nothing but earthy flavor and nutrients.
13. Brussels Sprouts
Brussels sprouts are a cruciferous vegetable, like broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower, and so have many of the same benefits, including being low in calories (just 43 per 100 grams). But they aren’t everyone’s favorite vegetable. My sister absolutely despises them.
Grilled asparagus in the summertime is one of my favorite side dishes. It’s filling but doesn’t have many calories, just 20 in a 100-gram serving.
Carrots aren’t just good for your eyesight. They also have anti-inflammatory properties, are a natural diuretic, and can help stabilize your blood sugar levels. All that for just 41 calories per 100-gram serving.
Some other nutrient dense foods include beets, lemons, tomatoes, grapefruit, and turnips. We really hope you find this article helpful and don’t forget to share it with your friends and family. Thank You.