18 Zero Calorie Foods for Weight Loss

zero calorie foods for weight lossYes! Zero Calorie foods can be real.

Foods with zero calories can facilitate our body mechanisms to burn up extra calories while digesting them, than what they provide. Frankly speaking, I am very scared of the high amount of calories and so, I choose my diet accordingly.

Although it was a while back that I realized, calories, along with various nutrients and minerals, are equally important for the proper functioning of the body. They are the best sources of energy our bodies require to stay active.

Foods, like salads, fruits, and certain vegetables are the best ingredients when we talk about low-calorie intake. They are equally good for maintaining a healthy body inside-out, and they always keep you full so that you do not starve.

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Here is my list of 18 zero calorie foods that can prove beneficial for you: 

1. Apples:

I believe Apple is the tastiest, healthiest fruit. I always have an apple when I am starving.

Plus, come on! we do know that ‘An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away’. It contains many nutrients, antioxidants & vitamins, and is one of the most desired fruits in the US according to many food research.

  • A full cup of the apple contains 57 calories.

Eating an apple also keeps you full for long hours, because it contains pectin which reduces hunger. Apple also helps with weight loss.

BRB! Apple-time.

2. Asparagus:

The vegetable Asparagus comes in three varieties, purple, white and green.

It is one of the most nourishing vegetables and can be combined with almost anything for better taste and nutrition.

  • One cup of Asparagus has 27 calories.

It is also a rich source of fiber, vitamins like vitamin K and B1, and folate.

Purple asparagus has also proven to be healthiest because of anthocyanins, which prevent major heart diseases.

3. Cucumber:

Cucumber is delicious, isn’t it?

And believe me, it is highly recommended to cancer patients. The polyphenols in cucumber help lower the risk of cancer, and vitamin B help manage the levels of stress and anxiety.

My aunt once told me, that whenever she feels sick in the stomach, she grinds some cucumber and makes juice for herself for better digestion.

  • A cup full of cucumber contains 16 calories, and it is an amazing cooling agent for your body in summers.

4. Watermelon:

Watermelon is abundant in antioxidants and nutrients. The fruit not only tastes delicious, but it is also low in calories.

  • A full cup of diced watermelon fruit contains 47 calories, loads of nutrients and high amounts of vitamin C.

Watermelon is a great after-dinner snack too! You can also turn it into a dessert, like making a watermelon ice-cream or a dessert of your choice. You can also enjoy a watermelon mojito with fresh mint.

5. Zucchini:

The vegetable can be paired with a lot of different ingredients, it can be added to salads, and a zucchini juice or a smoothie can work wonders for your body.

Guess what? Your pasta cravings can be satisfied by zucchini. It contains magnesium, folate, fiber, and lutein, which has the ability to fight cancer cells in the body.

  • A cup full of zucchini has 21 calories, which you know, is a healthy option for low-calorie intake.

6. Cauliflower:

Cauliflower, does not surely taste good, but it is a rich source of many necessary vitamins and nutrients for the body.

When I switched to low-calorie foods a while ago, cauliflower was the one food I hated the most. And so, I had to look for ways to make it tasty on the internet.

Nevertheless, the best way to eat it is to steam it or fry it with a little bit of salt and pepper. The health benefits of cauliflower are huge, it is rich in Vitamins K and C, and antioxidants.

  • A full cup of cauliflower contains five grams of carbohydrates and 25 calories.

7. Broccoli:

Broccoli, like cauliflower, is rich in many nutrients, and a very high component of Vitamin C.

  • A cup of broccoli contains 31 calories and a huge amount of Vitamin C, K, and D.

It contains anti-inflammatory benefits, fights cancer, and helps to relieve stress. Broccoli can be best consumed roasted or steamed or included in a vegetable salad.

8. Oranges:

A full cup of oranges, or maybe two oranges together, contains 85 calories. Well, that’s not very low, but oranges are otherwise beneficial because they are a rich source of vitamin C, B, A, fiber, calcium, and potassium.

Moreover, it is as delicious as hell. Just like apples, oranges are a great snack to fill you up when you are starving. Plus, they are good for your digestive system.

9. Lemons:

It would surely take a lot of lemons to fill up a cup.

  • But a cup full of lemon contains only 61 calories.

Plus, lemon can make almost everything taste good, like the salads, or a sandwich, or you can even squeeze a lemon to make a lemon detox water.

Lemon is a rich antioxidant that helps prevent a lot of body diseases. I like lemon in my mojito because it tastes good, plus it detoxifies the body.

10. Papaya:

Another delicious fruit! Papaya can work wonders for your digestive system and sick stomach.

  • One full cup of papaya contains 55 calories. It is found mainly in tropical areas and contains Vitamin A and potassium.

I mainly prefer papaya raw, but you can also prepare a papaya smoothie and enjoy it at any time of the day. My uncle likes papaya after dinner, more like a dessert.

11. Strawberries:

It is another popular fruit in the US, that can go on anything, be it a pie, a salad, or some goods baked for leisure.

All the berries, like strawberry or cranberries, can help prevent heart diseases and cancer.

I also like strawberries on my healthy sugar-free pancakes, with some maple syrup. Okay, my mouth is already watering!

A cup of strawberries consists of less than 50 calories. So, I can rush now to eat a whole cup. See you later!

12. White Mushrooms:

Mushrooms are what vegans like the most because they are spongy and good to taste.

  • A cup full of mushrooms contains only 15 calories, plus they are a rich source of nutrients.

To be honest, sometimes when I crave junk, I make myself a mushroom pizza or a cheese and mushroom sandwich. Those are other ways you can have white mushrooms.

13. Celery:

This tasteless zero-calorie food has Vitamin K, which keeps you full for long hours. Plus, it is hydrating, as it contains water.

The tastelessness can be quite bothering though, because all that I would suggest you pair up with it, can be stocked with calories. It is not advisable, but you can add up some peanut butter to make it tasteful.

If you do not want to do what I just mentioned, celery can be added in your green smoothies and while you have meals.

  • Surprisingly, a full cup of celery has just 16 calories.

14. Tomatoes:

Tomatoes are healthy and tasty, whether cooked or raw. Tomatoes contain lycopene, which is great in fighting cancer and heart diseases.

  • A cup of tomatoes has 32 calories.

Tomatoes also make for a great source of Vitamin C and numerous antioxidants. Enjoy the scrumptious fruit in your salads, sauté them in a pan along with a lot of healthy vegetables, or add them for a healthy pico de gallo recipe.

15. Grapefruit:

Just like berries, I prefer grapefruits added with my cereals. Grapefruits contain necessary vitamins and anti-aging antioxidants.

  • One cup of grapefruits has 97 calories, which is not a very low amount but is considered healthy when counted on the health chart.

16. Onions:

You cannot and should not eat raw onions, I mean, you know why. But onions can be added into most of your meals for flavor, taste, and color.

Onions also fight cancer, inflammation in the body, cardiovascular diseases, and help strengthen bone tissues in the body. Onions also support weight loss, whether eaten raw or cooked.

  • Onions have 46 calories per cup.

17. Carrots:

Carrots, with just 53 calories per cup, are low in calories and are highly digestive. They can be added to a lot of your meals for flavor and that crunch you miss.

Carrots comprise antioxidants and are a rich source of nutrients and minerals. They also protect eyesight and help in lowering inflammation in the body.

I love carrots in my salads, but you can also cook it and serve it in your meals, or can eat it raw to cure your hunger pangs.

18. Kale:

Kale leaves are rich in vitamins like Vitamin A, K and C, and a lot of other nutrients. Apart from kale’s quality of being a low-calorie food, kale also lowers the body’s bad cholesterol levels.

  • One full cup of kale leaves contains 33 calories.

Kale chips are delicious, try them. Or you can also add kale in your green smoothies or juices. Put some kale leaves into your green salads and enjoy them with a zest of lemon.

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This was the list of my favorite zero-calorie foods. Choose from these and get going to a healthy life!

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