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Nutrition Monday: 16 Zero Calorie Foods

16 Zero Calorie Foods to Help You Slim Down
By: Val Kirk, Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor

  1. Celery – A food that seems like you are eating water or a stringy mess and it doesn’t seem to fill you up. You will be surprised to know that total calories per 100g serving is 16
  2. Oranges – Known for its vitamin C but they are also low in calories compared to other fruits. Total calories per 100g serving is 47
  3. Cabbage – Consumed mainly for its ability to prevent cancer and heart disease but it also helps with weight loss. Total calories per 100g serving is 25
  4. Asparagus – Eaten fresh on salad is a crunchy and satisfying treat, while grilling it or steaming it are the best cooking methods. Go easy on butter or oil as these will bring the calorie count up. Total calories per 100g serving is 20
  5. Beets – If eaten should be steamed, boiled or grilled as the pickled versions add more calories. Beets also are great for the body, as they contain betalains, an antioxidant that gives it its color and is only found in a few select foods. Total calories per 100g serving is 43
  6. Cucumbers – With so much water in them it isn’t surprising that they are low in calories. Total calories per 100g serving is 16
  7. Lemons –  An alkalizing food and contain antioxidants to keep you healthy. Total calories per 100g serving is 29
  8. Cauliflower – Ranks as one of the lowest on the calorie chart. It’s also a cruciferous vegetable and has many health benefits to it, including being an anti-inflammatory food and helps the body’s cardiovascular and digestive systems. Total calories per 100g serving is 25
  9. Mushrooms – These fungi are not high in calories, so don’t worry when using them in a recipe. Even the big portabella mushroom is low in calories, having only 22 of them in a 100 gram serving. Total calories per 100g serving of Chanterelle mushrooms is 38
  10. Watermelon – The sweetest food on our list but still ranks considerably low in calories. Not only is it a crowd pleaser, watermelon has anti-oxidant properties and boosts your metabolism but don’t go overboard on portion sizes. Total calories per 100g serving is 30
  11. Zucchini – A great side dish and very versatile. Total calories per 100g serving is 17
  12. Tomatoes – The healthiest foods you can eat. Tomatoes contain lycopene, which helps to prevent cancer and heart disease. Total calories per 100g serving is 17
  13. Brussel Sprouts – Are chocked full of nutrients and are cruciferous as they provide about the same benefits as eating broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. Be careful though, if you add cheese or butter for flavor it will also bump up the calories. Total calories per 100g serving is 43
  14. Kale – Full of protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, which is all very good for you. For a snack try baking up some kale chips using assortment of flavors – delicious! Total calories per 100g serving is 49
  15. Turnips – Natural anti-inflammatories. Total calories per 100g serving is 28
  16. Apples – “An apple a day, keeps the Doctor away”. Apples are full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber. If you have an apple it keeps you full and you don’t reach for junk food. Total calories per 100g serving is 52