Lowest Calorie Foods with Less than 100 Calories per Serving

Coach Amy, ACE, CNA, NESTA

Amy Mouw is a certified lifestyle and weight management coach, nutrition consultant and is certified as a personal trainer by the American Council on Exercise and the National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association. She’s also a life coach and has more than 10 years of experience in the health and wellness industry. As a wife and mom of four kiddos ages 1-17, Amy specializes in helping moms regain their confidence so they can be the best version of themselves while better serving their families.
Girl eating Lowest Calorie Foods

Low Calorie and Negative-calorie foods you spend more calories digesting than they provide – do they exist??

The term “negative calorie foods” suggests that eating foods very low in calories such as fruits and vegetables will put you into a caloric deficit.

Unfortunately, there isn’t any evidence to support that notion.

However, there is still a tremendous benefit in eating these lower calorie food options. Fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins and minerals, and their low-calorie count won’t add up as quickly to your daily caloric intake.

That means you can eat more food and stay on track towards your health and weight loss goals. 

If you need help beginning or continuing your weight loss journey, it is crucial to get your own LadyBoss® Weight Loss Coach now. Your expert, double-certified weight loss coach will be ready to help you 24-7, every step of the way. Apply now and begin changing your life today! 

20 Lowest Calorie Foods that Can Help With Your Weight Loss Goals

Did I say more food=more weight loss? You bet I did!

A diet full of the foods on this list will ensure you’re reaching your daily value for vitamins and minerals and keep you feeling satiated with a super low-calorie price tag. 

Does life in quarantine have you reaching for all the snacks? When you go to the fridge, reach for these foods first, your health and waistline will thank you!

1. Blueberries 


Rich in antioxidants and containing no cholesterol, blueberries are fantastic for heart health.

One cup of blueberries contains 84 calories.

2. Broccoli


This superfood is said to be one of the most nutritious foods ever!

Eating just one cup of broccoli will give you 100%of your daily Vitamin C intake and is only 31 calories.

3. Broth: Chicken, Beef, Vegetable 


All variations of broth are perfect for adding flavor to dishes or stand alone. 

Depending on the type of broth, one cup is about 7-12 calories. 

4. Cantaloupe


Cantaloupe is full of health benefits as it is rich in vitamin C and potassium. Foods high in potassium are known to help decrease blood pressure.

One cup of cantaloupe contributes 10% of daily potassium intake and only 60 calories.

5. Cauliflower


Broccoli’s delicious little sister, cauliflower, is very versatile. It can be eaten raw, steamed, or can be made into rice, or even used as a pizza crust!

One cup of cauliflower is only 25 calories.

6. Celery 


This veggie is full of crunchy goodness and a ton of insoluble fiber, which can go undigested in your body. As such, celery has little to no caloric value.

One cup of celery is only 18 calories.

7. Coffee


Your morning cup of joe is doing more than just waking you up. Black coffee has many health benefits, such as helping to cleanse the stomach and lowering the risk of diabetes and cancer. 

One cup of black coffee is only one calorie!

8. Cucumbers


Cucumbers are mostly water, so they are very low-calorie. Feel free to load up your salads with cucumbers, or even use a cucumber or two to add a sweet flavor a glass of water. 

A half-cup of cucumber is only eight calories!

9. Grapefruit


Although frowned upon today, the grapefruit diet gained its popularity because it is not only super low in calories, but has compounds that can help decrease cholesterol and increase metabolism. 

Half of a medium-sized grapefruit is approximately 52 calories.

10. Iceberg Lettuce

Iceberg Lettuce

All variations of lettuce are low in calories, but iceberg lettuce will give you a juicy crunch while providing you with plenty of vitamins and minerals.

One cup of iceberg lettuce contains ten calories.

11. Kale


This leafy green vegetable is fantastic in smoothies, salads, and even as crispy “kale chips”! 

High in vitamins and super healthy, one cup of kale will only cost you 34 calories.

12. Peppers


Red peppers, orange peppers, green or even yellow peppers – you choose! Each variation of peppers is high in antioxidants and low in calories. Bell peppers add a pleasant crunch in salads or add some spice to any dish with a jalapeno. 

One cup of bell peppers contains 46 calories.

13. Popcorn


One of the few non-fruit and vegetable foods on this list, popcorn is a great treat that is surprisingly full of vitamins and minerals. Instead of butter and salt, add a dash of LadyBoss® Lean for the perfect snack.

One cup of air-popped popcorn is only 31 calories.

14. Spinach


A popular addition to smoothies and LadyBoss® Lean shakes, spinach is rich in vitamin A and vitamin K – and surprisingly has more protein than other leafy green vegetables. 

One cup of spinach is only seven calories.

15. Strawberries


Strawberries are rich in fiber and provide a great source of vitamins C and K. 

Eat them guilt-free – one medium-sized strawberry is only four calories!

16. Sugar Snap Peas

Sugar Snap Peas

This super sweet treat is a great snack option all by itself or with a low-calorie dip. Sugar snap peas contain 100% of your daily value of vitamin C as well as Vitamin K, calcium, and potassium.

One cup of sugar snap peas contains 41 calories.

17. Tomatoes


Whether you prefer sweet cherry tomatoes or the tartness of your garden variety, you’ll still reap the health benefits no matter your preference. High in lycopene, tomatoes are said to fight cancer, inflammation, and heart disease. 

One cup of tomatoes is about 27 calories.

18. Watermelon


Like its name suggests, watermelon is mostly water. High in all vitamins and minerals, watermelon is an excellent choice when it comes to healthy eating.

One cup of watermelon is just 46 calories.

19. White Mushrooms

White Mushrooms

Mushrooms are high in vitamins D and B12 and are enjoyed by those following a plant-based diet due to their protein content. 

White mushrooms are only 15 calories per cup.

20. Zucchini


Part of the summer squash family, zucchini tastes delicious when baked, or can even make “zoodles,” a healthier take on noodles. 

One cup of zucchini will give you a good dose of vitamins A, C, and K and is only ten calories.

The Benefit of Low-Calorie Foods and Negative-Calorie Foods isn’t Just Weight Loss- It’s also better health.

Choosing a variety of clean, whole foods is always the best option for weight loss and overall health. The lowest calorie food options that contain the highest amount of vitamins and minerals are usually fruits and vegetables. 

The USDA recommends eating five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
That may seem like a lot, especially if you are someone who isn’t a fan of fruits and vegetables. LadyBoss® GREENS can help you reach your daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables without skimping out on all of the vitamins and minerals. 

Say goodbye to that massive bowl of Brussel sprouts! LadyBoss® GREENS tastes like fresh-baked apple pie and makes optimal nutrition easy and delicious. No matter what you choose, eating a variety of these foods will provide your body with all the nutrients it needs without a ton of calories.



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