10 low calorie foods that can help you stay within your calorie limit
Some of these foods are to help you get through those days of hunger. These high volume foods, and some snacks lower in cals can get you through and help your sweet tooth.
I’m not talking about the salads you go out to a restaurant and get. I’m talking about just green salad or a salad mix without croutons and dressing and all of the other stuff that goes in them. For dressing, I would use some walden farms calorie free dressing (this is just for the time you are “dieting” this will not be forever, These are tools just to get you through on the days you’re starving). Eat your salad LAST at your meal. This will allow you to see if you really needed the extra food or you just wanted to eat out of boredom. If you save the salad for last and end up not eating it all , it prevented you from overeating!
- Boneless skinless chicken breast
This is my go to dieting meat. Per 4oz it has roughly 2 grams of Fat 0 grams of Carbs 23 grams of protein 110 -130cals. This will provide you much more satiety than slurping down a scoop of whey and water. I like seasoning it with Weber’s Garlic sriracha seasoning, frank’s buffalo wing sauce, and grilling it. Food tastes a lot better off of a grill. If you have been baking your chicken, try grilling to make it taste less dry. ( not a forman grill that dries it out ). I like using this over fish because fish doesn’t stay with me as long and I get hungry faster.
How I grill it.
-Turn the grill on low, let it heat up to around 450-500
-Trim the chicken, slice it (if you want to make the pieces thinner, it will help your mind think you’re eating more when its on the plate) and season it with Garlic sriracha and Frank’s buffalo wing sau
-Throw it on the grill and flip every 3.5-4 minutes until the middle is white
Simplicity at its finest and tastey too!
- 45 calorie thin sliced cheese
Want to still eat cheese? Sargento makes 40 cal thin sliced cheese that tastes just as good as the regular cheese. It’s just sliced thinner!
- Aunt millie’s 35 calorie bread
This allows you to eat a sandwich with half of the calories, which is perfect for someone craving a sandwich on a lower calorie diet. It also contains about 6 grams of fiber which will keep you satiated.
- Egg whites
5 egg whites is 95 calories. Enough said. It will incorporate more volume into your diet for the people that need it.
Cheerios, Chocolate cheerios, Rice Flakes, Wheaties, and even lucky charms are all around 100-110cals per serving. Use a smaller bowl and instead of eating 4 servings, try to shoot for 1.25-1.5 servings. If you eat it with almond milk and some sugar free Hershey syrup ( almond milk 30 cals, sugar free Hershey syrup 5 cals) you end up with a higher volume carbohydrate than your cup of brown rice. (I use this on days I am not feeling rice or potato or something like that) Not to mention, most cereals are packed with enriched vitamins and minerals. Don’t feel guilty to substitute to this sometimes.
- Edy’s slow churned ice cream
All of these range from 100-140 calories per serving and you can substitute this out for your carb meal at night if you’re craving something sweet. I’m all for trying to give people the option for eating ice cream or a junk food daily because it will take away the urge to binge on it. Most people that are “good” all week on their diet foods are more likely to be “bad” on the weekend and binge. This leaves you in a terrible mood on Monday believe me, I’ve been that guy. I saw that giving someone ice cream or junk every single day took away their urge to overindulged than if I took it away. Sorry to the people that I had used cookie cutter diets with!
- Halo top ice cream
240-280 cals for a half pint and doesn’t taste bad. I’m all for it. 8 grams of fat 56 grams of carbs 20g of fiber 24 g protein. The extra fiber may hurt your stomach or cause you to be extra bloated the next day.
- Green veggies
Broccoli, green beans, okra, cauliflower(I know not green), peppers, asparagus, cucumbers, zuchinni, spinach, kale, artichokes…All of these have about 20-30 calories per serving and provide fiber and are packed with nutrients and phytochemicals that are great for your overall health. Eating them raw will make you have to chew more and take longer to get down. This little tip is for the people that are struggling!
Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries are all low calorie nutrient dense fruits. All of these contain good sources of vitamins and antioxidants. Another great part is they are high volume foods and contain some fiber (strawberries not as much, but the other 3 have a good amount). 100grams of blueberries raspberries and blackberries have around 60-80 cals and provide you with 5-9 grams of fiber. Strawberries are low in calories too. 10 medium strawberries contain only about 40 -60 calories!