Mushrooms make a great low-calorie substitute for meat. Whether you grill them, bake them, or chop them finely and use them to replace ground meat, you’ll probably burn more calories than you actually eat; mushrooms have just 15 calories per cup
Kale is a great choice for healthy eating; it has about 33 calories per cup
and its high-fiber content means your body will have to work harder (and burn more calories) to break it down.
Raw cabbage is crunchy, satisfying, and just 22 calories per cup
. Toss it with raw carrots, some vinegar, and your favorite herbs or spices for a slaw-inspired salad.
If you’re not eating fresh pumpkin, you should be. It has just 30 calories per cup
and you’ll get a serious workout carrying it home from the store and cutting it into oven-ready chunks. Plus, you don’t need to add much to pumpkin to make it delicious; a little salt and cinnamon is all you need to make a quick and healthy snack or side out of your favorite fall gourd once it's cooked.
A small tomato has more than a full gram of fiber
and just 16 calories
; try cutting tomatoes into wedges and drizzling them with balsamic vinegar, chopped basil, and salt for a delicious and super low-calorie salad.
Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.