celery

 

We all know the formula, eat fewer calories than you burn off and you’ll lose weight and stay healthy.  It sounds simple but, as anyone who has dieted knows, it’s not as easy as it sounds. Being hungry all the time can derail even the best dieting efforts.

One way to stay satisfied but consume fewer calories is by filling up your belly with foods that are not calorie dense. Here’s a list of some super-low calorie foods to keep you full longer.

Celery (3 calories per 5 inch stalk)

Unsurprisingly, celery is the king of low calories. Its high fiber content  means  it will fill you up and keep your digestive tract healthy.  Just  don’t drench it in ranch dressing.

Tea (2 calories per 8 oz cup)

If you are trying to avoid sweetened beverages but still want something with flavor, try tea. It’s extremely low in calories and has a ton of antioxidants, not to mention caffeine.

Spinach (7 calories per cup)

It might not make you as strong as Popeye, but spinach is a great source of  vitamins and minerals.

Shrimp (84 calories for 3oz)

Shrimp is a good source of protein, which will digest slowly and keep you full,   and it has plenty of niacin and vitamin B12, which is great for energy. It does have a little too much cholesterol to be a healthy choice for everyone.

Cauliflower (25 calories per cup)

A very filling and a good source of non-meat protein as   well, just one cup gives you 77% of your daily vitamin C requirement.

Tomato (22 calories for a medium tomato)

Another vitamin-rich vegetable. Tomatoes are great because   they are so versatile. On a sandwich, burger, in a salad or   fried, the tomato is low calorie flavorful addition to any meal.

Flounder (149 calories per filet)

Flounder is a great protein source with 31grams per filet. The fish  also has ton of phosphorous and B12.

As you could tell by this list, skip the grains, meats and sugars and go with vegetables and seafood to stay healthy and full!

All nutrition information from nutritiondata.self.com.

Stop by your local Sparkle Market and pick up your favorite filling low calorie foods!

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