Low calorie foods are the only premium grade snacking options you should stock up on in summer. In fact, we’d suggest going a step further and eliminating packaged low calorie foods, ads of which you are constantly bombarded with on Instagram, and stick to all things au naturel during these hot months.
Low calorie foods, such as the ones listed below, help you enjoy a fuller meal without constantly being obsessed over how a particular bite will reflect on the weighing scale, the following day. Sticking to natural foods also ensures that you do away with fats and sugars commonly found in processed food varietals, and experiment with the calorie deficit pattern of eating.
6 low calorie foods to include to your diet if you are looking to lose weight, get fitter and eat healthier
1. Broccoli, cooked
100 grams – 35 Cal ∼
Broccoli is the holy grail of green foods. Its flowering head and stalk are rich sources of vitamins C and K, and contain almost no fat. It is also a good source of fibre and protein. You can boil it, sautée it or steam it and add it to a bowl of salad for a quick midday meal.
2. Mushrooms, sautéed
50 grams- 40 Cal ∼
Mushrooms have an important place in most Indian kitchens. They are linked with better heart health and a great natural source of vitamin D2. Like Broccoli, Mushrooms are also a very high source of protein.
3. Arugula leaves
50 grams – 13 Cal ∼
Arugula leaves or Rocket leaves are peppery salad leaves that can be eaten raw. The tiny leaves have become hugely popular in the country in the last few years, and are now even grown in many home gardens. A bunch of these leaves pack over five nutrients and vitamins and also a high fibre quantity. They are also very low in sugar, calories, carbohydrates and fat, and make for a sumptuous addition to the plate.
4. Sugarcane juice
1 glass – 98 Cal ∼
A glass of super-cold Sugarcane juice isn’t just a refreshing summer cooler but is also a very potent source of natural sugar, antioxidants and fibre. It is also rich in electrolytes and makes for a great post-workout drink.
100 grams – 16 Cal ∼
Rich in essential nutrients like vitamin C, beta-carotene, vitamins B1 and B6, lycopene, potassium and magnesium, Watermelon is the best low calorie summer fruit. It is also very high in dietary fibre and of course water!
100 grams – 59 Cal ∼
An apple a day can keep any and all midday snacking at bay. Apples are low in calories and high in fibre, which also makes them quite filling. If you’re not a big fan of the fruit then try adding thin slices of it to a bowl of homemade yogurt.
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