We all want to eat that slice of pizza or that piece of candy but how we wish they were zero calories! There are foods that exist with calories that cost us almost to nothing. These are called “free foods”.
It is almost impossible to have food that are zero in calories but “free foods” are foods that contain 25 calories or less per reasonable serving. Although a cup of 94% fat free microwave popcorn is only 20 calories, gorging down the entire bag will end up closer to 200 calories! Therefore portion control is key here.
Here are 25 Nearly Calorie Free Foods:
Frozen Food Section
Here are some “free” veggies you’ll find in the frozen food section.
- 1 cup mixed broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots = 25 calories, 2 grams fiber
- 1 cup winter mix vegetables = 25 calories, 2 grams fiber
- 3/4 cup whole green beans = 25 calories, 2 grams fiber
- 1 cup Tuscan-style vegetables = 25 calories, 2 grams fiber
The Produce Section
Many vegetables that are high in water and fiber content end up being “free” or “almost free.” Here are some of them.
- 1 cup jicama sticks = 45 calories, 6 grams fiber
- 1/2 cucumber = 20 calories, 1 gram fiber
- 2 large celery stalks = 13 calories, 1.2 grams fiber
- 1/2 cup sugar snap peas = 30 calories, 3.4 grams fiber
- 2 cups shredded romaine lettuce = 18 calories, 1.4 grams fiber
- 1 medium tomato = 25 calories, 1.3 grams fiber
- 1 carrot = 30 calories, 2 grams fiber
While vegetables may not be your cup of tea, here are some low calorie fruits as well!
- 1 peach = 37 calories, 1.6 grams fiber
- 1/2 grapefruit = 37 calories, 1.7 grams fiber
- 1 cup sliced strawberries = 50 calories, 2.5 grams fiber
- 1 cup watermelon pieces = 51 calories, 0.4 grams fiber
- 1 cup papaya pieces = 54 calories, 2.5 grams fiber
- 3/4 cup apricot halves = 55 calories, 2 grams fiber
- 1 cup cantaloupe cubes = 56 calories, 1.3 grams fiber
- 1 orange = 60 calories, 2.3 grams fiber
While these are certainly not “free,” there are a few packaged grain products that can be considered “almost free” when eaten in moderate portions.
- Quaker Rice Snacks, Caramel Corn. 8 mini cakes = 60 calories
- Quaker Rice Snacks, Apple Cinnamon. 8 mini cakes = 60 calories
- 94% fat free microwave popcorn. 2 cups popped = 40 calories, 2 grams fiber
Or you can try Jello-O. Jell-O is basically made from water, sugar, and non-digestible gel. So sugar-free Jell-O is as “free” as it gets:
- 1/2 cup of Sugar Free Jell-O (cherry, lime, strawberry-banana) = 10 calories
Here’s a fun fact on how you can burn 25 calories:
Have you got anymore foods you know of that can be more than a bite and yet nearly calorie free? Let us know in the comments section!
The article was adapted from webmd.