Low-Calorie Foods That Fill You Up Fast
When you’re trying to lose weight, it can be hard trying to find snacks that fit into your daily calorie count or snacks that aren’t packed full of junk that you’re looking to avoid. You might have heard that there are foods with “negative calories” that burn additional calories to digest. We wish! Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as negative calories. However, there are actually some really great vegetables that pack a lot of flavor and fill you up fast, providing a healthy alternative to sugary snacks and keeping your appetite in check!
Celery is made up of about 75% water, and the remainder is pretty much fiber and roughage. While you might have heard the celery is so tough that it takes more calories to digest than it provides in nutrients, that’s not true. It takes just two calories to digest eight calories worth of celery. But, don’t worry! Because of the amount of water celery includes, it can fill you up quickly with food that has ALMOST no calories. Celery can also provide us with a great serving of fiber, which helps to keep us feeling full much longer than other snacks! Celery is also full of nutrients like vitamin C, A, and K, and has lots of anti-oxidants which helps to improve our cardiovascular health.
Broccoli is one of the best vegetables you can incorporate into your diet when you’re trying to lose weight. The vegetable has very few calories and contains a massive amount of fiber. It can help to improve our immune system and fight off disease, thanks to the beta-carotene, zinc and selenium that it contains. When you’re eating or cooking broccoli, remember to either munch it raw or only steam the broccoli for a few minutes, preserving as many of the good nutrients as you can.
This bitter and tart fruit is similar to celery in the sense that 60% of a grapefruit is water. The rest of the fruit is pretty much healthy fiber that we need to help us feel full and aid digestion. The type of fiber that is inside grapefruit is called pectin, and it not only helps to keep us satiated, is also prevents our arteries from hardening. Grapefruits are chock-full of vitamin C, and may even help boost your metabolism as well! On top of all of that, grapefruits contain phytonutrients called limonoids, which may help to reduce the chances of developing tumors in the stomach, colon, and lungs.
Asparagus is an enjoyable summertime vegetable that can be cooked so many different ways. It’s a great way to help detoxify your body because it contains so many diuretic nutrients (that help remove toxins from your system) and when we eat asparagus it also provides a small boost to our metabolism! It’s really great to include in your diet if your pregnant because it contains a lot of folates. And thanks to the diuretic effects it has, asparagus is a great choice when we’re bloating or swollen or retaining water.
Like the other healthy vegetables, cucumbers are made up of mostly water! Because they pack so much hydration, they are a great snack to munch on after you hit the gym. They are full of vitamin C that has been linked to an increase in resistance to bacteria and viruses. If you eat enough cucumbers, it actually helps reduce levels of inflammation in the body as they contain enzymes that have high anti-inflammatory properties. They are the perfect snack after a tough workout.
Broth may not sound appetizing, but it’s definitely something to keep in mind when you’re cooking and preparing meals. Broth is a low-calorie way to add significant flavor to your dishes without adding a ton of calories that you’d get from other condiments. Broth is easily digestible and because of the saturated flavor, it tricks your tongue into thinking it’s much richer than it is, and, in turn, suppresses your appetite. If you’re using store-bought broth, make it’s low in sodium and that it doesn’t have any nasty additivities!
Apples and Oranges
If snacking on sweets is your normal thing, try oranges and apples instead to satisfy you sweet tooth! Thankfully, they both contain enough fiber that the sugar won’t go directly to your problem areas. Apples have been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer by 17%, and there are even some studies that have reported that the quercetin found in apples could help lower the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease. Oranges, on the other hand, contain magnesium and potassium - both of which help to regulate blood pressure! Fruit is a much healthier and more filling option than candy. Next - coffee and chili peppers!?
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