10 Foods you can eat A LOT and don’t gain weight
When we are looking to shed a few pounds, the temptation is to limit our eating in an effort to reduce our calorie intake, but this often backfires when we reach for unhealthy choices because we are hungry.
The solution is found in eating a variety of foods that provide the nutrients our bodies need without excessive calories or guilt.
Here are 10 of our favorites:
Raw baby carrots are an excellent, portable snack that requires no preparation. One cup provides 3 grams of filling fiber with only 25 calories. Rich in beta-carotene, carrots are the perfect blend of crunch and sweet.
Beat the afternoon slump by munching on raw green vegetables. Broccoli, asparagus, celery, and other green veggies provide fiber, vitamins, and minerals with very few calories.
Tomatoes boast vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber. 1 cup of grape tomatoes will only cost you 25 to 30 calories making this a healthy, juicy, and portable snack.
Blueberries are rich in antioxidants, high in fiber, and low in calories. This sweet snack will provide 3 grams of fiber and 60 calories per ¾ cup serving. Skip that afternoon brownie and reach for blueberries instead.
2 cups of this sweet and juicy fruit will fill you with water, fiber, vitamins, and minerals all with less than 100 calories. Avoid the sweets and reach for nature’s candy instead.
Grapefruits not only offer a wealth of nutritional value including vitamins, minerals, and fiber, but studies have shown the consumption of grapefruit and its juice to aid in weight loss. At only 39 calories for ½ of a grapefruit, this is one citrus you want to add to your diet.
Broth-based soups provide nutrition for very little calories especially when they are full of beans, whole grains, or vegetables. The liquid, fiber, and protein promise to keep you feeling full.
A cup of cooked oats offers 4 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein with only 145 calories. Brown rice is another excellent choice of whole grains.
While cheese and ice cream won’t trim the waistline, the consumption of low-fat and non-fat dairy products have shown to be helpful in weight loss. Reach for a glass of milk or a cup of cottage cheese. A 6-ounce serving of fat-free Greek yogurt provides protein and calcium with only 100 calories.
Craving a crunch without calories? Reach for air-popped popcorn. This naturally low-fat, sugar-free snack will only cost you 31 calories per cup but will provide more than 3 grams of fiber.