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Low Calorie Foods

Find out about the best low calorie meals

When you are looking to shed a few pounds, focusing on low-calorie foods in your diet is a great place to start. If you can lower your calorie intake and combine it with an exercise program approved by your physician, then you can increase the amount of weight you lose in a healthy way.

Types of low calorie foods

Low-calorie snacks can be your first step to limiting your overall caloric intake. Some options you might consider are bananas, apples, mangoes, kiwis, cucumbers or many other natural fruits or veggies. If those aren't realistic, then some companies have created snacks with a lower calorie count, such as the 100-calorie snack packs that are growing in popularity. Another option is a whole-grain pita or bread with some hummus or some mozzarella cheese melted on top. Smart snacks are available for just about any taste and situation.

Negative-calorie foods are foods that require more calories to digest than the foods themselves contain. Some of these foods are broccoli, asparagus, apples, squash, strawberries, pineapples, green beans, garlic and onions. Many of these foods can be used for a snack or cooked with other foods to come up with healthy meals that have fewer calories than you're used to eating.

Low-calorie meals are the gold standard for anyone who wants to follow a low calorie diet. Some low-calorie lunch ideas are a salad of fresh baby spinach with some strawberries and a splash of lemon and pepper on top. There are many other meals you can create with some cookbooks dedicated to low-calorie meals or even by looking on the Internet for low-calorie recipes. Low calorie doesn't have to mean less taste. In fact, the spicier the dish is, the less of it you will eat, so it can become a low-calorie meal due to the portion size.

If you are embarking on a low-calorie diet, be sure to check with your physician to make sure this plan is safe for you. If it is, then you have many options available to you for healthy, tasty, low-calorie meals and snacks.

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