Nutrient Dense Foods That Are Low In Calories

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Turns out, some of your favorite foods might not be as bad for you as you first thought.

Reducing your calorie intake can be an effective way to lose weight.

However, not all foods are equal when it comes to nutritional value. Some foods are low in calories, but also low in nutrients.

When limiting your calorie intake, it’s important to choose nutrient-dense foods, which contain a lot of nutrients for the number of calories they provide.

What’s more, a diet full of whole, nutrient-dense foods may help you feel more satisfied while cutting calories.

Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast

Chicken is a very versatile meat that is also an excellent source of protein.

You can keep the calorie content low by trimming all skin and visible fat.

Calories: 92 calories per 3-ounce serving, or 110 calories per 100 grams.

Green Tea (Unsweetened)

Green tea is high in an antioxidant called ECGC, which may reduce the risk of most cancers and promotes fat burning. According to studies, consuming two to four cups of green tea a day may torch an extra 50 calories.

Spinach

You’d have to eat 15 cups of Popeye’s favorite snack just to crack 100 calories. In addition to being rich in vitamin K, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and selenium, spinach (one of the best leafy greens out there) contains a hormone that allows muscle tissue to repair itself faster

Watermelon

This summer, try satisfying your sweet tooth with water-logged watermelon. Two cups contain less than 100 calories and nearly half the recommended daily value of vitamin C.

Celery
Celery is a food that when you eat it you don’t really feel like you’re eating anything, so it’s not a total shocker to find out that it has essentially zero calories. The stringy nature of celery makes it seem as if it only exists to hold the water it contains. What you’ll typically see is celery with peanut butter or cream-based fillings inside of it, and you’ll want to avoid those if you are keeping track of calories, as they can swing it back the other way quite quickly. Total calories per 100g serving: 16

Mushrooms
No matter which mushroom you choose to go with, the chances are it’s going to be low in calories. These fungi just don’t know how to be high in calories, so you don’t have to worry when using them in a recipe, or sauteing them as a side dish. Even the big, popular portabella mushroom is low in calories, having only 22 of them in a 100 gram serving. Perhaps that’s why it makes such a great replacement to high calorie beef in mushroom burgers. Total calories per 100g serving of Chanterelle mushrooms: 38

Kale

Kale is one of the few foods that contain an omega-three fatty acid.

Kale is light in calories — one cup of raw kale only has about 33 calories — but it contains close to three grams of protein and 2.5 grams of fiber per serving.

It’s one of the relatively few foods that contain an omega-three fatty acid, a nutrient that most people rely on fish to get. Like other kinds of lettuce, kale is also high in vitamins and folate.