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.