low-calorie foods can be paired with calorie-dense options to create satisfying and nutritious meals that aid weight loss and improve overall health.
Apples are a low-calorie, nutrient-dense fruit that contain fiber, vitamin C, potassium, and antioxidants like quercetin.
Arugula is a peppery-flavored leafy green that is rich in vitamin K, folate, calcium, and potassium, and contains only 5 calories per cup (20g).
Asparagus is a low-calorie vegetable that is a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, providing 67% DV of vitamin K and 21% DV of folate per cup (180g).
Beets are nutrient-dense root vegetables with betalains, phenolic compounds, folate, and manganese, providing 74 calories per 1-cup serving (170g) meeting 17% DV for folate and 12% DV for manganese.
Broccoli is a highly nutritious cruciferous vegetable linked to lower risks of heart disease and certain cancers.A cup (155 grams) of cooked broccoli has only 54 calories and over 100% of the amount of vitamin C that most people need per day
Carrots are rich in carotenoids, important for healthy vision and immune function, with a 1-cup serving (122g) of sliced carrots having only 50 calories and over 100% DV for vitamin A.
Cauliflower is a versatile vegetable with white, purple, orange, or yellow heads, popular as a low-carb substitute, containing 40 calories and 8g carbs per 1 cup (155g) of cooked cauliflower.
Half a grapefruit (123 grams) contains 37 calories and is rich in nutrients and beneficial plant compounds that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, promoting the health of the heart and brain.
Kale is a highly nutritious leafy green, containing high levels of vitamins and minerals, and a one-cup serving (130 grams) of cooked kale has 49 calories and over 100% of the DV for vitamins C and K.
Mushrooms, the reproductive bodies of some fungi, are not a vegetable nor a type of meat. They contain B vitamins and selenium and provide around 44 calories per cooked cup (156 grams).