Every day, 5-10% of your total energy expenditure is spent on digesting and storing nutrients from the food you eat. That means that if you’re eating very low calorie but vitamin and mineral-rich foods, you could be spending more calories than you are absorbing simply because of digestion.
This possibility is great news for those seeking to lose weight!
Here is a list of healthy low-calorie foods that can help you shed the pounds while providing important vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Celery is a well-known “zero calorie” food. One stalk is estimated to have a measly six calories! If you’re eating celery, you’re getting a nice dose of fiber, folate, potassium, magnesium, and an assortment of vitamins – but nearly no calories.
The fiber and pectin in apples help to suppress hunger, and the peels are rich sources of antioxidants.
Kale is a super-lean superfood that is rich in vitamins, minerals, and the powerful antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin that promote eye health.
The high-fiber content of asparagus helps curb hunger and is especially effective at feeding probiotics in your gut so that you have a healthy colony of good bacteria.
Zucchini can make for versatile and tasty side dishes that have very low carb content. They pack a vitamin C and mineral punch as well.
Watermelons are famous for their high water content, delicious taste, and the lycopene antioxidant that has innumerable health benefits.
Numerous compounds in broccoli have stunned researchers with their potent anti-inflammatory and detoxification effects. This low-calorie food packs a nutritional punch with its minerals and proteins.
Mushrooms are very low in calories but can provide bulk to a snack or meal. Large mushroom pieces can even be used as patties in sandwiches.
Tomatoes are a light food that rewards the eater with a satisfying sweetness.
10. Green Leaf Lettuce
Next time you make a smoothie, add lettuce to the fruit in the blender. You’ll get a blast of antioxidants, detoxifying chlorophyll, and fruity sweetness, but with less calories and sugar than an all-fruit smoothie.
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