Low-calorie foods are the only premium snack options you should stock up on in the summer. In fact, we suggest going a step further and eliminating packaged low-calorie foods, which advertisements constantly bombard you on Instagram, and stick with whatever is natural during these warmer months.
Low-calorie foods, such as those listed below, help you enjoy a fuller meal without constantly obsessing over how a particular bite will reflect on the scale the next day. Sticking to natural foods also ensures that you are cutting out the fats and sugars commonly found in processed food varieties and experiencing the calorie deficit pattern of the diet.
6 low-calorie foods to include in your diet if you’re looking to lose weight, get fit, and eat healthier
1. Broccoli, cooked
100 grams – 35 Cal ∼
Broccoli is the holy grail of green foods. Its flowering head and stem are rich in vitamins C and K and contain almost no fat. It also have high amount of fiber and protein. You can boil it, sauté it, or steam it and add it to a salad bowl for a quick midday meal.
2. Sautéed mushrooms
50 grams – 40 Cal ∼
Mushrooms have an important place in most Indian cuisines. They are linked to better heart health and a great natural source of vitamin D2. Like broccoli, mushrooms also have a high amount of protein.
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3. Arugula leaves
50 grams – 13 Cal ∼
Arugula or arugula leaves are peppery salad leaves that can be eaten raw. The tiny leaves have become extremely popular in the country in recent years and are now even cultivated in many home gardens. A pile of these leaves contains more than five nutrients and vitamins as well as a high amount of fiber. They are also very low in sugar, calories, carbohydrates, and fat, and make a lavish addition to your plate.
4. Sugar cane juice
1 glass – 98 Cal ∼
A glass of very cold cane juice is not only a refreshing summer freshness, but it is also a very potent source of natural sugar, antioxidants and fiber. It is also rich in electrolytes and makes a great post workout drink.
100 grams – 16 Cal ∼
Rich in essential nutrients like beta-carotene, vitamins B1 and B6, vitamin C, lycopene, magnesium and potassium, watermelon is the best low-calorie summer fruit. It is also very rich in dietary fiber and of course in water!
100 grams – 59 Cal ∼
An apple a day can avoid any midday snack. Apples are low in calories and high in fiber, which also makes them very filling. If you’re not a big fan of fruit, try adding thin slices to a bowl of homemade yogurt.