foods that are basically calorie-free

Arugula

A heaping cup of leafy, green arugula (also known as rocket) clocks in at just 5 calories. Arugula is also a solid source of vitamin K, fiber, and antioxidants.

Asparagus

We love grilling asparagus, which needs only olive oil and parmesan cheese to turn it into a savory-yet-slimming side. it contains 2 grams of fiber and vitamin k

Broccoli

Packed with fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, and numerous antioxidants, broccoli is also low in calories. A cup of chopped broccoli contains only 31 calories

Cabbage

Cabbage is an easy way to add some substance to your meal without adding too many calories.

Cauliflower

It’s no secret why cauliflower has recently replaced things like rice, pizza crust it's a much healthier option. cauliflower is filled with fiber but it contains just 27 calories per cup.

Celery

When a food is 95% water, it’s a solid sign there aren’t many calories involved. Such is the case with celery, which has only about 15 calories per cup

Chili peppers

If the bell pepper entry had you wondering about chili peppers, you’ll be delighted to know they are also very low in calories.  serrano peppers have about 14 calories

Cucumbers

All those recipes where cucumbers are used in place of tortilla chips, crackers, or other foods is for good reason—a cup of cucumber clocks in at just 16 calories.

Grapefruit

Some folks still swear by the century-old “grapefruit diet”—a low-sugar,  low-calorie, and high-protein diet that includes eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice with every meal.

Sometimes you need a low-calorie snack that’s not just plain ol’ veggies. When you do, reach for a handful of popcorn. A one-cup serving of this fluffy treat contains just 31 calories.

Popcorn