Zero Calorie Foods

5 August 2018

zero calorie foodsWhat are zero calorie foods?

Hello Sleekers, Victoria here! Coming back to exercise after pregnancy has left me with a bit of excess weight to lose. While still feeding my little one I know it is important to eat well, keep my nutrition well balanced and not cut too many calories. If like me though you find the urge to snack hard to resist, you might want to give these zero calorie snacks a go.

Zero Calorie Foods or sometimes called Negative Calorie Foods means that some foods contain such a scant amount of calories that the energy you expend in digesting them cancels out their calories. 

This process is called thermogenesis which means heating up your body. So, it does not contain literally zero calories but your body will burn more calories eating them which boils down to zero calories or even negative calories which helps in weight loss.

Sounds exciting Right? But here’s the thing when you look at Zero Calorie foods, you should not just look at the calories because we want our foods to be healthy as well.

Criteria for Selecting Zero Calorie Foods:

  • All the foods are packed with nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants for your health.
  • They should be under 100 Calories per one cup serving.

1. Apple

 

“An apple a day” adage is still prevalent today.

Apple is one of the healthiest food on the planet, containing antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins.

According to a recent study in Food Chemistry, apples contain non-digestible compounds that promote the growth of good bacteria in your gut associated with weight loss.

Eating an apple as a snack between lunch and dinner can give you a little boost of energy because it will keep the body full while providing a great health value to your body.

Calories per cup – 57 cal

2. Celery

 

Celery has been on the list of Zero Calorie Foods for a long time now.

It is a good source of Vitamin K and water, so it can give you the temporary feeling of fullness which becomes an essential component of weight loss when feeling hungry.

But there is one problem with Celery, it has no taste.

People tend to enhance taste with Peanut Butter or cream fillings to this snack which runs up the calorie count (which you do not want).

To maximize the benefits, eat celery with your meal in soup or green smoothies.

Calories per cup – 16

 

3. Lemons

 

You can’t add lemons to your daily meals as such but lemon is a powerhouse of Vitamin C which can boost your immune system and skin.

Lemon is perfect for a quick detox with virtually no calories.

You can add them to your food to enhance the taste or the perfect way is to squeeze them in a glass of lemon water.

Calories per cup – 61

 

4. Carrots

 

Carrots are a good source of vitamin A which protects your eyesight but they also have plenty of antioxidants and are a natural diuretic.

Carrots can be added to salads, served cooked with your main dish or can be used asa standalone snack which makes it one of the most versatile low-calorie food.

Calories per cup – 53

 

5. Watermelon

 

Watermelon is the sweetest food on the list but still has low calories.

In addition to one of the most loved fruits, Watermelon has antioxidants that help your body in many ways.

It is almost 92% water so it can satisfy your hunger but don’t get carried away with the quantity you consume.

Watermelon can be an excellent dessert after dinner without worrying about the intake of calories.

Calories per cup – 47

 

6. Broccoli

 

Broccoli is a super cancer-fighting food with Vitamin D, C, and K.

It’s packed with phytonutrients, as well as fiber so it helps keep your digestive system to function more efficiently, which is key to maintaining a proper weight. Note:

Taking Vitamin D is of utmost importance. Around 70% people are Vitamin D deficient especially women.

Calories per cup – 31

 

7. Tomatoes

 

Tomatoes contain lots of Vitamin A, C, and other antioxidants but they are mainly known for lycopene which helps in fighting cancer and other heart diseases.

It also makes a great weight loss food because it has such few calories that you burn it off just getting it prepped for cooking.

Combine it with other foods on this list and you’ll get a delicious, low-calorie meal.

Calories per cup – 32

 

8. Asparagus

 

Asparagus is a multi-nutrient food which shows up as a side dish to many meals.

Containing high amounts of Vitamin K, A, B6 and Iron, it is one of the healthiest foods on this planet.

Eating asparagus fresh on a salad is a crunchy and satisfying treat while grilling it or steaming it are the best cooking methods.

Calories per cup – 27

 

9. Cucumber

 

I am sure you are not surprised to see Cucumber on the list as it contains so much water and virtually no calories.

Cucumbers also pack vitamins K and C, potassium, and a compound called silica, which helps to build and maintain connective tissue, like muscle, tendons, ligaments, and bone.

It is best served with salad or a refreshing glass of Cucumber Water.

Calories per cup – 16

 

10. Oranges

 

This is another great snack besides apple when you are looking for something to eat at work or in a hurry and don’t have much time to prepare something for yourself.

Oranges are known for their Vitamin C, but they’re also low in calories compared to other fruits.

Note: People with higher vitamin C levels have lower waist-to-hip ratios than those whose bodies contain less of the antioxidant, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Calories per cup – 85

 

11. Kale

 

Another nutrient powerhouse on the list.

Kale contains large amounts of Vitamin A, C B6, Calcium, magnesium, and Iron.

There’s no way you can miss this zero calorie food. The best ways to consume more kale are through green smoothies, adding them to salads, or by making kale chips!

Calories per cup – 33

12. Grapefruit

 

Grapefruit is high in Vitamin A and C but it is best known for anti-aging antioxidants.

Though it contains a little bit more calories than the foods on the list but it is often considered as a healthy breakfast.

In general, fruits contain more calories than veggies but it tastes good and can be consumed easily.

Calories per cup – 97

 

13. Onions

 

I am pretty sure you know how versatile onions are but the good news is they are low in calories too.

Onions are often considered as a healthy food that can help you reach your weight loss goals, and studies show that they contain flavonoids that help the body.

Calories per cup – 46

 

14. Zucchini

 

Zucchini is a popular side dish and can even be incorporated into Zucchini bread, so it’s a great news that it is one of Zero Calorie Foods

It is high in Vitamin C, b6 and magnesium They also contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which are powerful phytonutrients that fight off many forms of cancer.

Calories per cup – 21

 

15. Cauliflower

 

According to recent search, Brassica crops like cauliflower are now highly correlated with preventing chronic diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, neurodegenerative disorders and various forms of cancers, just to name a few.

It’s a great weight loss veggie which comes with tons of benefits. The best way to cook this veggie is to eat it raw or lightly steam it as a side dish.

Calories per cup – 27

 

16. Cabbage

 

Cabbage is often on the list of foods that help in weight loss but it also helps in preventing cancer and heart disease.

One of the best ways to eat this veggie is to have a Cabbage soup, it’s a filling meal containing far fewer calories than most soups.

Calories per cup – 22

 

17. Mushrooms

 

No matter which mushroom you are using they all are low in calories.

Even the big, popular portabella mushroom is low in calories, having only 22 of them in a 100-gram serving.

Though it’s not high in Vitamins but it contains lots of Potassium and Proteins which is essential for a balanced diet.

Dutch researchers found that when you digest mushrooms, your body produces cancer-fighting, immunity-boosting metabolite.

Calories per cup – 22

 

18. Strawberries

 

Many of you will be surprised with Strawberry on the list but don’t be mistaken.

Only 1 cup of strawberries can pack more than 100 percent of our daily recommended intake of vitamin C.

Strawberries are also one antioxidant-rich fruit you can find.

Calories per cup – 47

 

We hope you enjoy adding some of these to your snack list, guilt free! And keep your eyes peeled, we will soon be launching our NEW Nutrition Programme, ‘Eat, Sleek, Repeat.’ It will be coming your way soon!

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