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10 Low Calorie Foods to Include In Your Diet

By Julie Mansfield | 10th Mar, 2016

With so many delicious options available in the grocery store, it can be difficult to focus on making sure the foods you’re buying are low-calorie. Fortunately, there are plenty of foods that taste great, make you feel good, and won’t negate your workout. Here are 10 fantastic options to put on your shopping list.

  1. Spinach

High in antioxidants, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, calcium and selenium, spinach is great for your health and it has hardly any calories. Plus, it’s delicious and versatile. You can add spinach to a salad, a sandwich and a countless number of recipes.

  1. Cottage Cheese

Cottage cheese is super low in calories and high in protein. It’s a filling snack to pack for the office. Just remember it can be high in salt, so choose low-sodium varieties and limit your intake.

  1. Bok Choy

Potassium, beta-carotene, folic acid and iron are just some of the nutrients you’ll get when you enjoy bok choy, which also happens to have about the same calorie content as a stick of gum. You can enjoy it raw or cook it in a stir-fry or soup.

  1. Shrimp

These shellfish are high in protein, selenium, vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids. They’re low in calories so you can eat a ton of them without breaking your diet – though they do tend to be more expensive than other meats. Enjoy shrimp with pasta or in a salad to add variety to your meals.

  1. Mushrooms

Mushrooms can be cooked in all sorts of dishes or eaten raw for a tasty snack. They’re ridiculously low in calories and contain ergothioneine, an antioxidant that can protect your skin against UV damage. Whether you enjoy mushrooms in salads, casseroles or anything in between, they’re a healthy addition to your diet.

  1. Cabbage

Stir-fried, braised, roasted or cooked in a stew, cabbage has sulforaphane, which can prevent or kill cancer. Plus, it’s packed with vitamin K and anthocyanins, which boost your brainpower and prevent nerve damage.

  1. Asparagus

Asparagus is full of nutrients like fiber, folate, chromium and vitamins A, C, E, and K. Plus, it has antioxidants, which can neutralize free radicals and potentially slow the aging process. Asparagus is good roasted, fried or grilled – fast-cooking methods will preserve the vegetable’s nutrients.

  1. Cauliflower

Cauliflower could help prevent certain types of cancer, is a great source of vitamin C and manganese, and also has antioxidant benefits. Cauliflower can be cooked in all sorts of recipes, including soups and rice dishes.

  1. Tomatoes

Delicious in a salad, on a sandwich, over a taco or cooked into a sauce, tomatoes are high in lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidant and may prevent pancreatic cancer. Plus, they have lots of potassium and vitamins A, E and C. Tomatoes are easy to add to most dishes, and the health benefits are well worth it.

  1. Celery

Celery only has about five calories in each stem, and comes loaded with nutrients like vitamin K, folate, potassium and calcium. Plus, it has plenty of fiber to aid in digestion. Celery is satisfyingly crunchy and can be paired with more flavorful foods like peanut butter, which is high in protein.