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10 Low-Calorie Foods to Use in Your Everyday Life

What are Low-Calorie Foods?

The term Calorie can be defined as a unit of energy. Most of the foods and beverages we consume daily provide calories to our body. Calories fuel our cells and keep our bodies working efficiently. Everyday, we burn calories through both exercise and normal activities, such as breathing, eating, and sleeping.

In order to lose weight, you have to expend more calories than you take in. Or as I like to say it, "Calories in vs. calories out." To do this, you can either reduce your daily caloric intake or you can increase your physical activity.

Without a doubt, maintaining good health is not just about cutting back on your daily caloric consumption. It is also about focusing on low-calorie foods that contain high levels of essential nutrients. These essential nutrients can help support long-lasting weight control, all while providing your body with the nutrients needed for better health.

10 Low-Calorie Foods

1. Celery

This food is low in calories and very rich in fiber. It is a a good source of Vitamins A, C, and K. Pair the stalks with cream cheese or nut butter for a simple snack, or combine it with other veggies to make a delicious salad. Celery is approximately 16 calories per 1 cup.

2. Tomatoes

This food is a great source of several key nutrients including Vitamin C, Potassium, Folate, Vitamin K, and the antioxidant Lycopene. Lycopene has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. Tomatoes are approximately 32 calories per 1 cup.

3. Cucumbers

Due to the high water content in cucumbers, the calories a serving contains is very low. Cucumbers are a great source of Vitamins K, B and C, as well as Copper, Potassium, and Magnesium. Try pairing them with hummus, salad dressing or nut butter for a low-calorie snack. Cucumbers are approximately 16 calories per 1 cup.

4. Bell Peppers

Bell peppers are one of the best cheap, low calorie foods to add to your diet. They are a great source of Potassium, fiber, and Vitamins A and C. Plus, they're vibrant, delicious and full of flavor. Bell peppers are approximately 46 calories per 1 cup.

5. Watermelon

Known for being the perfect snack in the summer, Watermelon is an excellent addition to your plate. It offers a variety of vitamins and minerals, such as Potassium and Vitamins A and C. Watermelon is approximately 46 calories per 1 cup.

6. Chicken Breast

As you all know, Chicken is my staple. Chicken is one of the best low calorie meats available. It is low in fat, and loaded with protein. Pair this with some broccoli for a delicious meal. Chicken is approximately 138 calories per 3 oz.

7. Turkey

Turkey is high in protein and full of a variety of vitamins and minerals. It supports various aspects of health, including muscle growth and maintenance, due to its rich supply of nutrients. Turkey is approximately 135 calories per 3 oz.

8. Grapefruit

Grapefruit is known for its sweet, slightly tart flavor. However, this fruit is very nutritious; it's loaded with powerful antioxidants and also contains Vitamin C. Grapefruit is approximately 52 calories for 1/2 of the fruit.

9. Popcorn

If you are looking for a healthy snack, try air-popped popcorn. It is one of the best low-calorie foods available. Try seasoning it with your choice of herbs and spices. Popcorn is approximately 30 calories per 1 cup.

10. Rice Cakes

Rice Cakes are low in calories, as well as fiber and protein. Combining them with protein and fiber can balance their potential effect on your blood sugar. Rice Cakes are approximately 100 calories for 3 cakes.

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