Healthy lifestyle and successful weight loss rely on your ability to change your eating habits as well as exercise that keeps excess weight off. But, let’s take a few moments to discuss some special types of foods – foods with the least calories! These foods are surprisingly tasty, incredibly healthy and they make an amazing snack. But, wait, that’s not all! Believe it or not, some foods are actually so low in calories, their total calorie count is negative! Interested to know more? Well, check out this list of 7 foods with the least calories.
Fresh or dried, herbs could actually help you lose weight so, forget about those fattening salad dressings and sauces and try something that tastes just as good but has fewer calories. One clove of garlic can give your dish quite a makeover in the taste department and has only 4 calories which is exactly the number of calories 10 springs of fresh parsley have. A teaspoon of powdered paprika, curry or cinnamon has about 6 calories, while both fresh and dried dill weed has 0 calories.
Fruits such as mandarins, apricots, oranges, cantaloupes, watermelons, lemons, peaches, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and a few others, definitely belong on the list of foods with least calories as they have something that nutritionists call “negative calorie count.” That means they have so little calories that the body actually ends up burning more than it gets!
You like the idea of eating foods with negative calorie count? Well, don’t worry because there are plenty of vegetables that will give your digestive system quite a workout and cause your body to burn more calories than you actually consume by eating these foods. Try carrots, cucumbers, turnips, broccoli, tomatoes, celery, radish, lettuce, cabbage, leeks or spinach.
Coffee isn’t exactly a food, but I just thought you’d like to know how surprisingly low in calories our favorite morning drink is. Yup, black coffee with no sugar, milk or cream has only 1 calorie and that’s something you definitely need to remember next time you sit down for a cup of this drink.
5. Fat Free Cheese Slices
Good, healthy diet involves more than just trying to cut down on calories, I’m sure you all know that. Right? The trick is to find foods with least calories than also happen to be palate pleasing and nutritious. Well, in that case, I suggest you opt for pre-sliced fat free cheeses that have between 20 and 40 calories per slice, depending on how big the slice is, of course.
6. Hard Boiled Egg Whites
Egg whites are, in my opinion, the tastiest part of the egg, especially if we’re talking about hard boiled eggs. But, guess what? Egg whites also happen to be one of those yummy foods with least calories too! Yup, one hard-boiled egg white has only 16 calories and that means you’re allowed to eat two or even three and still stay within the calorie range specified for a snack.
7. Beans and Lentils
Boiled beans have only 25 calories per serving (3.5 o.z) while lentils have 50. That means that, if you use your creativity and cooking skills to prepare these with some fresh or dried herbs mentioned above, you’ll have a great-tasting meal that also happens to be very low in calories. Now, isn’t that just perfect?
Pretty cool, huh? Which are your favorite foods with least calories? Feel free to add more, especially spices. Oh, how I like spices!
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