9. Herbs and Spices
Herbs and spices add flavor to your cooking without adding calories. Furthermore, using spices instead of salt can be beneficial for preventing high blood pressure and water retention. Experiment with fresh herbs such as cilantro, mint, parsley, and basil. Try adding spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, cumin, paprika, and ginger to your recipes.
8. Leafy Greens
Dark leafy greens such as Swiss chard, spinach, and kale are low in calories and high in nutrients. One cup of chopped, raw kale contains 34 calories while providing much more than 100% of your daily vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K requirements. One cup of either raw spinach leaves or raw Swiss chard contains only 7 calories.
Lettuces such as romaine or iceberg lettuce are also low in calories. Enjoy these greens in a salad topped with fresh veggies such as carrots, tomatoes, broccoli, and cucumber for extra fiber and nutrients.