It sounds almost too good to be true: tasty snacks that contain no calories.
But health experts have identified a variety of super-healthy treats that supposedly take more energy to digest than they provide in calories.
Celery is often cited as an example because it’s mainly water and fiber; however strawberries, apples, and apricots have also been heralded as guilt-free options.
Watercress, cucumber, beetroot, onions and lemons have also been unveiled as go-to foods for those looking to shed a few pounds.
Apple: Apples are one of the healthiest fruits on the planet due to antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. It even contains pectin which has been shown to squash that annoying appetite that makes you want to eat 24/7.
Another huge benefit is that apples contain a ton of fibre so if you aren’t feeling regular in that area, apples can give your body the push that it needs.
When people think of zero-calorie foods this is usually the one they think about.
Celery: Celery by itself doesn’t usually work out for most people so they add other things to it which of course kills the zero-calorie theme, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t hesitate to spread some almond butter on it.
Celery is a good source of vitamin K and water so if you find yourself getting filled up from it, this is why.
The best thing you can do with celery is to find ways to incorporate it into your meals and smoothies.
Lemon: You can’t add lemons to your daily meals as such but lemon is a powerhouse of Vitamin C which can boost your immune system and skin.
Lemon is perfect for a quick detox with virtually no calories.
Like other citrus fruits they pack a ton of Vitamin C and work magic with your liver and digestive system. They also contain a healthy amount of antioxidants and are almost calorie free.
One of the best ways to consume lemons is in a glass of water. This also offers the benefit of giving you a quick detox.
Tomatoes: They contain lots of Vitamin A, C, and other antioxidants but they are mainly known for lycopene which helps in fighting cancer and other heart diseases.
It also makes a great weight loss food because it has such few calories that you burn it off just getting it prepped for cooking.
Combine it with other foods on this list and you’ll get a delicious, low-calorie meal.
Mushrooms: The good news is no matter which mushroom you are using they all are low in calories.
Even the big, popular portabella mushroom is low in calories, having only 22 of them in a 100-gram serving.
Though it’s not high in Vitamins but it contains lots of Potassium and Proteins which is essential for a balanced diet.
Dutch researchers found that when you digest mushrooms, your body produces cancer-fighting, immunity-boosting metabolite.
Watermelon : This fruit is the sweetest food on the list but still has low calories.
In addition to one of the most loved fruits, Watermelon has antioxidants that help your body in many ways.
It is almost 92% water so it can satisfy your hunger but don’t get carried away with the quantity you consume.
Watermelon can be an excellent dessert after dinner without worrying about the intake of calories.
So go ahead... have fun eating minus the guilt 😊