Food is much more than just a vehicle to sustain your everyday activities.
Food is a great source of nutrients that your body and cells need – in order to perform the billions of daily tasks that occur every day inside of you.
Every source of food that goes in your mouth is either: used, stored, or processed, and sent out of your body in the form of waste.
Now, in order for you to lose weight, you need to understand that exercise is only 20 percent of the equation and the other 80,well, let’s just say the food you eat may dictate if you gain or lose weight this week, month, or over the course of this next year.
You may now be wondering what the BEST foods are to eat, and there really is an easy answer to this…
You should shoot for whole foods sources…
Fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains (or sprouted grains), and plenty of good fats should round out your list of foods to buy.
And if you’re looking for lower-calorie options – you know the foods you can eat MORE of and not worry about when you’re trying to lose weight – then look no further than the five AWESOME foods below…
The Five BEST Low-Calorie Food Options
There’s no secret: In order to lose weight, you should be eating foods that are good for you.
And when I say good…
I don’t mean the calorie-loaded (but great tasting) pastries, cakes, or doughnuts!
The type of foods I am referring to are the low-calorie, nutrient-packed variety that hold more for your health than meets the eye.
Now, if you’re looking for foods that pack more of a proverbial punch for health, then these five foods may not only appease your palate, but provide your body with the right nutrients it needs to function properly.
The TOP Five Low-Calorie Foods
If you like pepper, then you’ll love the taste of this deep, green leafy vegetable.
Arugula is perfect to use in a salad, on top of a sandwich, or in your favorite soups, and you just can’t beat a good heaping of it.
With only four, yes count it, four calories per cup, this green leafy delight is perfect for anything you would normally use for salad.
Besides calories, it’s also low in fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol, which could make it perfect for those of you looking for better health.
And it has plenty of fiber, vitamins A, C, K, and potassium, making it a vital ingredient for your health and, more importantly, your weight loss.
One of THE BEST TASTING (my opinion of course) vegetables around, asparagus is perfect for those of you looking to lose weight.
First, it’s very low in calories – roughly 27 per cup – and it’s filled with vitamins (A, C, E, K, and B6), and minerals that keep the cells in
your body vibrant and strong.
Plus, it’s a perfect vegetable for metabolizing alcohol and harmful toxins that may harm the cells in your body.
As if that wasn’t enough, asparagus is a great food for flushing out extra fluid (due to one amino acid found in asparagus), keeping your body happy and healthy.
3. Brussels Sprouts
Ever seen those strange little cabbage look-alikes in the produce section?
Those tiny cabbage friends – otherwise known as Brussels sprouts – may be a perfect low-calorie option for any meal or snack.
In fact, Brussels sprouts pack only 38 calories per cup!
But what’s hiding underneath is what makes them very special.
Brussels sprouts are a great source of cancer-fighting antioxidants and plenty of phytonutrients for improving the health of all the cells in your body.
I love mine sautéed with garlic, olive oil, pepper, and then finished with a cider vinegar toss.
How do you like yours?
Besides being an excellent source of betaine, beets are a perfect low-calorie salad topper or side.
Packing only 37 calories in a half a cup, beets may pack a ton more power than meets the eye.
For instance, the red color of beets is from the powerful antioxidant, betaine, which has been shown to possess powerful results for athletes and intense exercisers.
Plus, beets provide you a rich source of iron, folate, fiber, and potassium.
Beets may be the perfect companion served as a side, a topper for salads or burgers, and as part of a healthy pre- or post-workout drink.
And, best of all – IT’S AMAZINGLY LOW IN CALORIES!
5. Variety of Mushrooms
With only roughly 15 calories per cup, mushrooms provide a powerful blend of antioxidants and essential vitamins and minerals your body needs.
In fact, mushrooms have been used for centuries for their immune-boosting power or their cancer-fighting potential!
Plus, mushrooms have plenty of potassium, B vitamins, and fiber, making them a filling food – all with very LITTLE calories.
And, some exotic varieties, such as Shiitake for example, are excellent sources of vitamin D, selenium, riboflavin, and other essential nutrients your cells need for proper functioning.
Makeover Your Meals – TODAY
If you’re looking for the easiest way to shed some weight this winter, then look no further than these five foods.
Not only are they low in calories, but they are packed full of nutrition.
And this will not only help you reach – or shatter – your weight loss goals, but may keep the cells in your body both happy and healthy.
Dream, Believe Achieve & Have a “FIT” day,