Low calorie foods can help a person feel full while reducing their daily calorie intake, which can help with weight loss.
Incorporating nutritious lower calorie foods into the diet can help reduce the total daily calories a person consumes, which can help them lose weight or maintain a moderate weight.
Below is a list of 50 low calorie foods that may help people who wish to lose weight, plus information on their nutritional value.
Fruit is a great way to pack in some nutrients on the go.
Apples are rich in vitamin C. They are also a good source of fiber, which can aid gut health.
One small apple contains just 86 calories.
Papaya is an excellent source of vitamin C.
A 100-gram (g) serving provides almost 70% of an adult’s recommended daily vitamin C requirements at just 43 calories.
A single strawberry contains just 6 calories.
Raspberries are rich in vitamin C, manganese, and vitamin K, as well as being a great source of fiber.
A cup of raspberries (150 g) is equivalent to 78 calories.
These fresh, low calorie foods add pep and flavor to a salad or meal. Try incorporating more fiber-rich vegetables into cooking to make filling and nutritious meals:
13. Green or black olives
A 126-g serving contains 25 calories.
A whole stalk of celery contains fewer than 6 calories.
Celery is a good source of dietary fiber and contains plenty of antioxidants, including vitamin C and flavonoids.
17. Iceberg lettuce
Iceberg lettuce is rich in vitamins A and K, as well as folate.
One cup (72 g) of shredded lettuce contains only 10 calories.
A rich source of vitamin K, fennel is also packed with vitamin C, fiber, and potassium.
Half a fennel bulb contains just 36 calories.
Because of its high water content it is extremely low in calories, with a cup (34 g) of chopped watercress containing just under 4 calories.
Beets are a great source of fiber, vitamin C, and folate.
One 80 g beet contains approximately 34 calories.
23. Alfalfa sprouts
These tiny sprouts are rich in vitamin K, zinc, copper, and B vitamins.
One cup (33 g) is just 8 calories, making them a great choice for bulking up salads and stir-fries.
The following foods are all packed full of vitamins and minerals but contain far fewer calories than many popular side dishes, such as french fries, sliced bread and butter, or roast potatoes.
It is also a rich source of vitamins A, C, E, and B6.
25. Red cabbage
A cup (70 g) of shredded red cabbage contains just under 22 calories.
Red cabbage is an excellent source of vitamins, including vitamins A, C, and K.
26. White mushrooms
White mushrooms are a good source of several nutrients, including vitamin D, zinc, and antioxidants.
Half a cup (35 g) of sliced white mushrooms comes in at just under 8 calories.
Cauliflower is a rich source of vitamin C.
One cup (100 g) of cauliflower contains just 27 calories and 5 g of carbohydrates.
29. Brussels sprouts
Spinach is well known for being a rich source of iron. It also contains vitamin A, manganese, vitamin C, and vitamin B6.
One cup (25 g) contains just 6 calories.
A 100-g serving of chard contains just 19 calories.
32. Green beans
Kale contains fiber, antioxidants, calcium, vitamins C and K, and iron, among many other nutrients. One 25-g cup of kale has just under 9 calories.
35. Jicama (Mexican potato)
This root vegetable is an excellent source of antioxidants such as vitamin C, as well as calcium, potassium, magnesium, and vitamin E.
One cup (140 g) contains just over 50 calories.
Broccoli is an excellent source of fiber and contains many vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, C, E, K, and B vitamins.
Onions are a good source of vitamins, including vitamins C and B6.
Some foods are lower in calories than people may think and can add a lot of flavor to a dish. This can help reduce the temptation to add calorific condiments, oils, and sauces for flavor.
This is one of the least calorific spreads. Marmite has been popular in the United Kingdom for a long time and is gaining popularity in the United States in recent years.
42. Vegetable broth
Surprisingly, a bowl of vegetable broth or bouillon contains just 12 calories per cup.
There is not a great deal of nutritional value in broth, but it can help to fill a person up or form the base of a nutritious vegetable soup.
43. Hot sauce
Hot sauces, such as Tabasco, can add a lot of flavor to dishes. But they are light on calories, with one teaspoon containing just 5 calories.
44. Miso broth
Miso broth clocks in at just 40 calories per 245-mililitre serving. Its nutritional benefit can be boosted with the addition of fiber-rich vegetables or protein-rich tofu.
Famous for its strong and pungent flavor, garlic is less well known for being low calorie.
Another flavor favorite for salad dressings, mustard has just 9 calories in each tablespoon.
47. Unsweetened cocoa powder
It may come as a surprise to learn that unsweetened cocoa powder has just 12 calories per tablespoon.
48. Lemons and limes
Many drinks, such as fruit juices, are much more caloric than people may realize. Anyone trying to lose weight should pay attention to the calories in the liquids they drink.
Brewed coffee contains just over 2 calories per cup if someone drinks it black without adding sugar, cream, or milk.
Black tea contains just over 2 calories per cup (8 fl oz) as long as a person does not add milk to it. This includes herbal teas such as green tea, chamomile, and mint.
There are many nutritious foods that offer plenty of vitamins and minerals, many of which are low in calories.
People who are trying to lose weight may find it beneficial to swap some higher calorie snacks and foods for a low calorie, nutrient-rich alternative.]