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5 Must-Have Super-Low Calorie Foods For Weight Loss

Weight loss is about calories in > calories out, and that’s why, everyone is on the lookout for low-calorie foods, or low-fat options. But if you want to be smart about losing weight, add low-calorie foods that are also high in nutrition to your diet. These will help you stay energised, improve your immunity, and also keep your hair and skin looking healthy.

Recognising Healthy Low Calorie Foods

  1. They will typically have very high water content

  2. They will be rich in fibre

  3. Like it or not, they are usually green

  4. You will find them in the fresh produce section

  5. They usually are fruits or vegetables, not grains

Our Top 5 Picks To Add To Your Diet Plan

1) Lettuce

Lettuce low calorie foods - Breath And Beats

Lettuce has just 15 calories per 100g so if you’re tossing up a healthy weight loss salad, make sure to add plenty of lettuce. In fact, salad greens like lettuce, arugula, kale and rocket leaves are all great low-calorie options.

2) Cauliflower

On average, 100g of cauliflower has just 25 calories. This humble and affordable vegetable is versatile and can be cooked many different ways and with many combinations. In fact, broccoli is a good low-calorie floret vegetable too, but is typically more expensive.

3) Carrots

Carrots low calorie foods - Breath And Beats

See a vegetable or fruit that’s red, orange, pink in colour? Eat it up! Vegetables of this shade are packed with antioxidants and vitamin A which support heart health and reduce risk of cancer. As for the carrot, one medium-sized carrot has just 25 calories.

4) Mushrooms

The great thing about mushrooms is that they leave water while cooking, which means you don’t really need to add oil to make a mushroom dish. Rich in protein and fiber, some varieties of mushrooms are a natural source of vitamin D which so many people are deficient in. Cherry on the top? 100g of mushrooms are 22 calories, so, eat them as much as you want.

5) Beans

Beans low calorie foods - Breath And Beats

At 31 calories per 100g, green beans are low in fat, high in dietary fibre, and rich in vitamins A, B and C. They’re inexpensive and can be had as a main dish, mixed with other vegetables, or even eaten as a healthy side.

Source (calories): USDA

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