Looking to cut calories? These foods will help. They are among the lowest calorie foods ever. And they’re nutritious, delicious and often go well together!
Check them out below and keep them in mind next time you’re grocery shopping.
Watercress – 4 calories per cup
Watercress is packed with nutrients and antioxidants, making them the perfect complement to your salad greens or stir-fry dish. They are incredibly low in calories, so there’s no reason not to include them in your next meal.
Arugula – 5 calories per cup
Arugula is packed full of Vitamin K, which helps to strengthen bones. It’s also packed with antioxidants! Arugula has a peppery taste that goes perfectly with a steak. Mix it with tomatoes and mozzarella for a caprese salad and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Celery – 6 calories per stalk
Celery has always been famous because of its low calorie content. It’s made up of mostly water but it packs a mean crunch making it the perfect complement to a salad or stir-fry. Celery is also packed with Vitamin K and is linked to a healthy, low-calorie diet.
Bok choy – 9 calories per 5 leaves
Bok choy doesn’t have as strong a reputation as kale and spinach, but it deserves a place in your diet for its Vitamin C and Vitamin A content, which have disease-fighting power. Bok choy doesn’t have an intense flavor so it pairs well with sauces like teriyaki sauce and soy.
Radish – 17 calories per cup
Radishes have a peppery taste and a great crunch. They’re packed full of Vitamin C, which helps repair our muscle tissue. The leafy green tops are edible too and have their fair share of low-calorie nutrition.
Plums – 30 calories per plum
Plums are packed with antioxidants and they’re sweet, juicy flesh offers a sweet treat that will help curb cravings for the less healthy variety. Plums help absorb iron in the body because they are packed full of Vitamin C. Plums are also a great source of digestion, helping to keep things moving.
Grapefruit – 37 calories per half
Grapefruit is packed full of Vitamin C making it an excellent dietary staple. Eating grapefruits daily can have a significant impact on weight-loss, help regulate blood pressure and cholesterol. Sprinkle sugar on top to offset the sour punch if that’s not your thing.
Strawberries – 49 calories per cup
Strawberries are technically in season in June and July when the summer heat is high, but they’re not available year round thanks to imports from California and other regions of North America. Strawberries are an excellent source of fiber and Vitamin C. There are endless possibilities for how to include more strawberries in your diet, including in your breakfast oatmeal, as an afternoon snack or in a smoothie.
Honeydew melon – 61 calories per cup
Honeydew is low in calories, but high in Vitamin C and heart-protective potassium. It is actually almost on par with bananas in potassium content. This melon is almost 90% water, so it’s hydrating and satisfying with its sweet flavor. Eat it by the slice or chopped into a fruit salad.
Wheat bran – 31 calories per ¼ cup
Wheat bran offers an easy way to add low-calorie nutrition to your diet. On top of a laundry list of nutrients including magnesium and B vitamins, the 6 grams of fiber in a quarter-cup serving can help you stay satisfied and slim.
Popcorn – 31 calories per cup
Movie popcorn is higher in calories than most fast food burgers, but air popped popcorn at home drizzled with a bit of butter and sea salt is a great low calorie snack. Popcorn can be a great snack between meals to sustain you. Popcorn is also fibrous, giving it that extra bonus.
Turkey breast deli meat – 72 calories per 3 oz.
When it comes to building your sandwich, pile on fresh turkey breast meat to add protein, flavor and nutrition. It’s the leanest meat in your grocery store and comes in a number of varieties like honey-glazed and smoked. If you’re trying to cut carbs, grab a slice of turkey and cheese and roll it around a bunch of lettuce to create a mini snack without the sandwich bread.
Mussels – 73 calories for 3 oz.
With 10 grams of high quality protein per serving, these delicious little guys offer an excellent protein to calorie ratio. Mussels are inexpensive when compared to other seafoods available in restaurants and grocery stores. They’re also considered one of the more sustainable options and deliver a healthy dose of omega 3s. According to studies, omega-3s can help boost exercise performance by improving blood flow.
Chicken breast – 93 calories per 3 oz.
It might not be the most exciting protein in your grocery cart, but tried and true chicken breasts are packed full of muscle-building protein with very few calories. The meat isn’t as fatty as thigh or wing meat, and chicken breasts can be seasoned one thousand different ways. High protein meats like chicken breasts can help you maintain a healthy weight by keeping you satiated longer.
Mozzarella, part skimmed – 71 calories per 1 oz.
Eat too much calorie-laden fatty cheese and your six-pack will surely disappear. But you can still have your cheese and eat it too if you keep a chunk of low-fat mozzarella in your fridge. Compared to regular cheddar cheese, part-skim mozzarella is much lower in calories but just as versatile. Try it on your paninis, pizzas or in your morning omelet.