Do you want to be healthy and fit? Do you want to have a snack or a full meal without regret that it is full of calories and that it will affect your health?
Weight loss and afterwards, being in a good shape, and good health condition can be a challenging process. You might be of those who struggle on daily basis to keep the same digit on the scale, ut yet you want to have a good and nutritious meal or a snack.
Vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants have powerful effects on your overall health and fit condition. Foods rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are called power foods. What we need is a nutritious food with nutritional value and with low or almost no calories at all.
If you sometimes doubt what food to choose, we have a list of healthy, fresh and zero calories natural food products that you can consume at any time. You can eat these foods separately or you can prepare healthy, nutritious, and beneficial salads, meals or smoothies.
15 tasty and nutritious foods with no calories
We put apples first on the list because they are “most caloric”, 52 calories per 100 grams. Apples are rich in fibers, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. If you want to skip caloric snack, just take an apple and the starvation will simply go away. Additionally, keep in mind what the old proverb says ‘an apple a day, keeps the doctor away’.
Rich in vitamin C, oranges have only 47 calories per 100 grams. Oranges are especially good in squeezed fresh and consumed in a form of a juice. Moreover, oranges are beneficial if you consume them during winter to fight colds and flu.
A real guilt-free treat, watermelon has only 30 calories in 100 grams serving. Watermelon boosts your metabolism due to its beneficial antioxidants. This sweet and juicy fruit is yet another summertime fruit that you can be indulged by, but be careful not overindulge yourself.
Celery is consisted mainly of water and it is considered as classical zero calorie food. While chewing celery you burn out more calories that you are actually consuming. It has ONLY 16 calories in 100 grams.
Just like the celery, cucumbers are also mainly consisted of water which is great for hydration of the entire body. With only 16 calories per 100 grams they can be an excellent choice for a snack or as an addition to fresh salads.
Zucchini, courgette, or the summer squash, with ONLY 17 calories per 100 grams serving are excellent choice for pasta sauce or many other culinary dishes as they are mainly consumed cooked in variety of ways. They are low in calories, but rich in folate, potassium, and pro-vitamin A.
Asparagus is made up of 93% of water and that is why it is very low in calories and at the same time it is very low in sodium. Its nutrients are endless; it is a good source of magnesium, vitamins B6, C, K, E, calcium, zinc, protein, dietary fibers, iron, copper, folic acid, selenium, manganese, potassium… Yet another good fact is that asparagine, the amino acid, got its name from the asparagus, because it is rich in in this amino acid. Asparagus is mainly consumed as an appetizer, but it can be stir-fried or prepared in various other ways.
Almost all edible mushrooms are low in calories. For example, portabellas have 22 calories, and chanterelles have 38 calories in 100 grams serving. If you add mushrooms in a burger, or some sauce they will only add to the flavor and of course nutrients and nothing more.
Carrots, as it is a common knowledge, are the best vegetable to consume for your eyes, but they also have other health benefits which range from stabilization of the blood sugar levels, natural diuretic, to their anti-inflammatory properties. And the good news is that they have only 41 calories in 100 grams serving.
Almost any recipe has onion in its ingredients list. Onions add to the meal flavor and do not add calories at all to the meal, because 100 grams of onions contains just 40 calories. It can be consumed baked, braised, fried, roasted, grilled, fried… or it can simply be eaten raw in salads. Additional fact that is good to be known is that onions are low in fat.
- Brussels sprouts
Brussels sprouts, a type of cabbage grown for its edible buds, contain high levels of vitamins C, K, B, essential minerals, and dietary fiber. Moreover, Brussels sprouts contain sulforaphane, which according to some researches have potential anticancer properties. And the good news is that they are very low in calories, 43 calories in 100 grams serving.
With only 49 calories in 100 grams serving you can benefit from the fiber, minerals, proteins and minerals. We recommend freeze kale as it tastes sweeter and it is more powerful after exposure to frost. You can consume it in salads, or you can prepare kale chips and benefit from the dozens of vitamins, minerals and other constituents of this vegetable.
You will probably lose more calories while you are preparing the cauliflower than it actually has, namely cauliflower has 25 calories in 100 grams serving. The other good news about the cauliflower is that it can help your heart, it can improve your digestive system, and it has anti-inflammatory properties.
This green vegetable is good as a side dish, stir-fry… or whatever you like it, in soups, stews… It contains only 34 calories in 100 grams, but it contains some plant protein and a ton of fiber.
Coming in at just 25 calories in 100 grams serving, cabbage can be just another of your favorite foods if you want to lose weight and be fit. Cabbage is also known for its benefits, namely, it is known to fight cancer and certain heart diseases.