Food Glorious Food! - Low Calorie Foods that Taste Good

by Sharon Hopkins

Whether you are watching your weight or simply eating healthier, counting calories is inevitable. Unfortunately, most foods that are low in calories also border on the tasteless. However, all is not lost and if you are playing the weight loss game, following are a few low calorie foods that actually taste good and are good for you. Just remember, if you have to snack make it a smart choice and fill up on healthy nutritional foods that are high in fiber and protein and low in fat. Some ideal snack choices below 100 calories each include:

  • One-cup of frozen grapes
  • Half a cup of Greek yoghurt with a drizzle of honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon
  • One orange or apple sliced and sprinkled with cinnamon
  • 5 dried figs or a handful of almonds
  • One low-fat, low sugar granola bar
  • One date stuffed with an almond or alternatively a spoon of almond butter
  • Six ounces of chocolate milk
  • A six-ounce fresh fruit smoothie made with berries and yoghurt
  • A small bowl of cereal with low fat milk
  • Ten baby carrots and a few spoons of hummus
  • Two whole grain crackers with a cube of low fat cheese or a spoon of peanut butter
  • Two baked tomatoes sprinkled with grated Parmesan
  • Half a bowl of mashed sweet potato
  • Quarter cup boiled edamame
  • Half a tin tuna in brine
  • One-cup low fat low sodium soup
  • One bowl chickpea salad
  • Quarter cup Wasabi peas
  • Ten baked chips with quarter cup salsa

Surprised at the choices you have? The list of goodies does not end there. There are also a number of low calorie foods that are actually good for you and that aid the weight loss process. Try and add these to your daily routine of diet and exercise and see the pounds melt off:

  1. Green Leafy Vegetables – Vegetables such as lettuce, spinach, kale and arugula are low in calories and fat and high in nutrients such as vitamins, potassium and iron. Considered super foods, every meal should ideally include one such veggie. You can steam them, stir-fry them, eat them raw in a salad or even blitz them in a blender for a power smoothie.
  2. Asparagus – Asparagus acts as a diuretic and helps flush out the toxins from the body. If you have a hangover, asparagus is a surprising antidote as it speeds up the metabolism of alcohol in the body and gets rid of it faster. Steam a few tender roots of asparagus and enjoy in your salad or even in the form of a soup.
  3. Vegetable or Chicken Broth – Studies show, that people who have a bowl of clear soup before a meal are less likely to binge later. Just make sure the soup is low in sodium and does not contain milk, cream or croutons as these add up the calories and fat content.
  4. Apples – Apples are an easy and convenient snack to carry around. When you have the urge to snack, just bite into one of these fruits for a low-calorie treat. Apples also contain pectin that can help regulate blood sugar levels and are full of fiber that keep you feeling full for longer.
  5. Oatmeal – Oatmeal is a comfort food that is both warm and nourishing. High in fiber, a bowl of oatmeal in the morning is an ideal way to start the day. Apart from filling you up, it also releases energy slowly into the body and prevents irregular spikes of blood sugar levels. Add some fresh berries or a sprinkle of cinnamon to up the antioxidant content and increase the health benefits.

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