There are certain foods that are high in calories—fatty foods, proteins, carbs, high-sugar fruits, etc.—but then there are some foods that contain almost no calories. Water is the only truly ZERO calorie food, but you’ll find that you’ve got a lot of options for foods that contain “next to no” calories. If you want to increase your fiber intake without racking up a huge calorie count, here are a few of the best crazy low calorie foods to eat:
Celery is as close as it gets to a “negative calorie food” because the amount of energy it takes to digest it is as much or more as you get from the food. A cup-sized serving of celery contains just 18 calories, and there is a ton of fiber, water, and other important nutrients.
Apples do contain sugar, so they’re not as low in calories as you might like. You get 57 calories from 125 grams of apple, but you can eat two or three apples per day without overloading on calories. Best of all, each serving of apple delivers three grams of dietary fiber, which will help to reduce sugar absorption and speed up digestion.
Broths made from beef or chicken bones will usually have a few more calories than vegetable broth, thanks to the higher fatty acid and protein content of the meat. However, you’re looking at a wonderfully low 7-15 calories per cup (240 ml) of broth. You can eat as much broth-based soup as you want without worrying about calories ever again.
Beets are wonderful root vegetables that contain A LOT of potent nutrients, including Vitamin A and antioxidants that give them their deep purple color. There are just 59 calories per cup of beets, but that same cup gives you 13% of the potassium you need every day. Definitely one of the best crazy low calorie foods to enjoy!
Arugula is another crazy low calorie food, with an epic three calories per half-cup serving. The peppery-flavored leafy green is packed with Vitamin K, iron, calcium, folate, and dietary fiber. It may be a bit stronger-tasting than you’re used to, but it’s an amazing choice to help you fill up on food without pounding too many calories.
Cabbage is wonderfully low in calories, with just 22 calories per cup of cabbage. You’ll find that it’s also high in dietary fiber, along with a wide range of critical nutrients. Purple cabbage even contains some of the same antioxidants found in beets, making it one of the most amazing vegetables on the planet.
Cauliflower contains just 25 calories per 100-gram cup, and there are just five grams of carbs in that same serving. However, you’ll find that cauliflower makes an excellent substitute for rice, noodles, or potatoes in your meal.
Yet another fruit that makes it onto this list! These mini-orange-looking fruits have an incredibly high Vitamin C content, yet they contain just 35 calories per fruit.
We all know that garlic makes our food delicious, but you’ll find it does so without overdoing it on calories. A single clove of garlic contains just five calories, so you can add it into your food at will. Best of all, garlic is loaded with heart-smart allicin and fat-burning sulfur, and it is one of the most potent natural remedies for a wide range of illnesses.
This Mexican tuber has just 46 calories per cup, but it delivers nearly 40% of your Vitamin C DV. Definitely a snack you can enjoy guilt-free!