Salad is the most obvious low-calorie item. By salad we don’t just mean salad leaves but also celery, arugula, tomatoes or cucumbers. Cucumbers especially, have a pretty high water content, and therefore, a pretty low calorie count.
When it comes to salads though, it’s important to remember that while the base in itself is healthy, adding too much salt, sugar (most restaurants are guilty of it) and dressing, considerably up the calorie count. Try a yogurt dressing instead.
Apples are one of the few fruits that contain pectin, a substance that keeps you feeling fuller for longer. Apples take while to eat, and end up tricking your brain into believing that your stomach is full. If you don’t like apples on their own, you can easily toss them into a salad or into your morning bowl of muesli, yogurt or oatmeal. You can even put them into a chicken sandwich for a touch of sweetness to balance the protein.
It’s ridiculous how low calorie strawberries are, while still packing in plenty of flavor, and a heap of antioxidants and Vitamin C besides. An entire cup of strawberries will take you down barely 50 calories! Chop them into your cereal or salad, blend them into a smoothie or turn them into a sweet strawberry salsa.
The Oatmeal absorbs lots of water and is loaded with fibre, both of which make it an excellent food to stave off those hunger pangs, while using very few calories to do so. The perfect way to start the day.
Specifically, the egg whites. 100 grams contain just 52 calories and those calories are packed with protein. It’s also good to hold on to the yellow of the egg, as well – it contains half of the egg’s protein! Eat it boiled, half-boiled, even scrambled (but without butter) and that’s just 80 calories! The minute you add oil or butter, the calorie count goes up dramatically.
By this, we don’t mean the popcorn available at movie theaters or the microwave popcorns, the huge tubs that come dripping with butter or that odd cheese-powder creation. We mean, a cup of good, home-popped popcorn, made without oil and butter; that will only bring you to about 30 calories a cup. Season with a dash of salt and chilli powder and you’re sorted.
Thanks to crisps and chips and fries, the potato has long been vilified as a fat-fueling tuber. Although potatoes are indeed higher in carbs than many other root vegetables, they also stave off hunger for longer and are packed with vitamins. Steam or roast them in the oven with the skin, and you have a delicious, energy-giving snack.
Specifically the breast. This isn’t the most exciting meat around, but it is one of the least calorific. 100 grams of chicken breast uses up approximately 100 calories only! Plus, it is said that the body requires more energy to digest chicken, thus burning even more calories.
The mushrooms earthy flavor and dense chewiness also make them a great meat substitute. Grilled or roasted, they add up to a mere 25 calories for 100 grams, that’s because most of their weight is water weight.