Everything in moderation. But luckily, “moderation” with these 15 foods means something much more than most.
The high water content, high fiber content and low calorie counts mean that you can pretty much eat these foods until you’re totally sick of them without seeing a bit of added weight on your frame.
Of course you can overdo anything, but for a quick guide of what to guiltlessly grab from the fridge, start here.
Eating blackberries aids in digestion and helps us to stay alert. They are said to tighten tissue and give our skin a more youthful appearance. Like most berries, blackberries are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants known as bioflavonoids. Get all of this for only 62 calories per serving.
With 33 calories per cup, eat as much kale as you want without worrying about your waistline. It also contains three grams of protein and 2.5 grams of fiber, omega-three fatty acids, vitamins and folate.
Of course oranges are a great source of vitamin C, but the popular citrus also helps in collagen production and keeping skin looking damage free. Eating the pith — the white stuff under the orange’s skin, is also really great for you. It contains a lot of fiber so you’ll feel fuller while also lowering your cholesterol and blood sugar levels. At only about 80 calories per orange, you’re getting loads of benefits for little gain around the waist.
Cucumbers are mostly water, so you’ll get great hydration from just a small serving. Plus, 16 calories per serving gives you fiber, vitamin A and beta-carotene for your eyes just make sure you’re eating the skin too — that’s where most of the nutritional value comes from.
Asparagus is rich in folate which can reduce the risk of life threatening diseases, making it a great choice for pregnant women. At only 20 calories per serving, eat away!
Most calories in a serving of honeydew come from the natural sugars of the fruit. A single serving contains more than half of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C. You’ll also be getting a good amount of copper which helps in maintaining healthy skin.
Blueberries have become the poster child for antioxidants. In fact, they have more than any other fruit out there. Add that to a high fiber content, and only 85 calories per serving, and you have a major win.
It’s technically not true that celery has “zero calories,” but that doesn’t mean it’s not healthy for you. Chew on some celery and benefit from the potassium, folate, fiber, vitamin K — all while only ingesting 6 calories per serving! Just try to get fat from celery!
Typically, orange is for eyes. Foods like peaches, mangoes carrots and cantaloupe are great sources of beta carotene. But only cantaloupe can provide 100 percent of your daily vitamins A and C in addition to being just 55 calories — thank the 90 percent water make up for that.
Cauliflower will only set you back about 25 calories per serving, making it a tempting alternative to pizza crust or even veggie burger filler. The bright white veggie might appear void of nutrition — we always hear “eat the rainbow” — but it has antioxidants and phytochemicals that help ward of chronic disease. It’s so an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K, as well as folate and fiber.
Dieters may have heard that drinking grapefruit juice is good for weight loss — this is only partially true. Grapefruits are great for you, but stay away from processed juices with added sugar. Instead, go for the real thing. Grapefruits are high in fiber, which means you’ll feel full longer. They are also known to help digestion and the vitamin C and folate make it a top choice for pregnant women.
Superfood broccoli only has about 31 calories per serving so snack away! It’s most nutritious raw or steamed. So keep the cooking light and benefit from its antycarcinogens that work to destroy cancer causing chemicals. Vitamins A, C, E, and K plus 20 percent of your daily fiber make broccoli a bikini season must have.
Speaking of fighting cancer, tomatoes are best known for their lycopene — a carotenoid that helps fight again disease, and also gives tomatoes their bright red color. Vitamins A, C, and B2 in addition to folate, chromium, fiber, and potassium make the 25 calories per serving a no-brainer.
For vitamin C and antioxidants, look to a cup of strawberries. They are also a great source of potassium and fiber — in addition to being fat free, cholesterol-free and sodium-free. One serving only has 50 calories — just resist dipping them in chocolate!
(h/t Insider Food)
(h/t Daily Mail)
Originally published May 5, 2017.