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Top 10 Low Calorie Foods

By Sha Buckines

Having a low calorie food list handy is important if your looking to lose weight or just eat more healthily. This list is comprised of whole food options that are easy to prepare and available year round at your local grocer.

White Fish

White fish includes a wide variety of fish with white flesh such as tilapia, cod, sole, and herring. If prepared broiled or baked without added fat, a 3.5 ounce serving of white fish has only 110 calories. Not only is white fish low in calories but you also get the added protein needed for satiety.

Fat Free Yogurt

A 4-ounce serving, or small container, of yogurt contains around 40 calories. A weight loss study conducted by Professor Tremblay from the Universite Laval, showed that the women that consumed less than the recommended intake of calcium had higher body fat, larger waistlines, and higher bad cholesterol.

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Low Fat Cottage Cheese

Cottage cheese in low in fat and calories but high in protein. One 4 ounce serving of fat free cottage cheese contains 80 calories, 0 grams of fat, and 6 grams of protein. Some of the low fat and fat free varieties have added sugars and salt to make up for the lack of flavor.

Broccoli

A steamed ½ cup serving of broccoli only has 33 calories. Broccoli is also considered a wonder food because of its antioxidant vitamins and cancer fighting sulfur containing ingredient known as glucosinates.

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts contain 142 percent of the recommended RDA of vitamin C. A small 4 ounce serving of brussels sprouts, without added fat are only 40 calories. Cooking method of brussel sprouts are boiling, steaming, and sautéing.

Lentils

One 4 ounce serving of lentils is about 70 calories. Lentils contain high levels of proteins, dietary fiber, folate and Vitamin B1. Lentils are one of the best vegetable sources of iron and come in a variety of colors. Lentils can be prepared on the stove top or in a slow cooker and require short cooking time.

Carrots

One cup of carrots contains only 52 calories. The sweet taste and crunch taste of carrots make them the ideal snack. Carrots offer well over 50 percent of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin A and are available year round. Carrots are delicious eaten raw or cooked and are easily enjoyed by the whole family.

Old Fashioned Oatmeal

Old-fashioned oats contain only 110 calories and are the best choice for breakfast. Oatmeal contains water-soluble fibers that help lower total cholesterol. Old-fashioned oatmeal is free of sodium and cholesterol and very low in fat.

Egg Whites

One egg white contains only 17 calories. Eggs are the perfect protein source because they contain all the essential amino acids, according to Health Magazine. The protein in eggs also decreases hunger and helps individuals eat fewer calories throughout the day.

Chicken Breast

A 3 ounce serving of chicken breast without skin contains only 138 calories, 3 grams of fat and 27 grams of protein. The best way to eat chicken breast is baked, broiled, or grilled without skin. Chicken breast can easily be added to salads for added protein and flavor.

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