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List of 20 Low Calorie Vegetables for Weight Loss

Written by Daisy Whitbread, MScN
List of 20 Low Calorie Vegetables for Weight Loss

Besides water and some really thin soups, vegetables are the lowest calorie foods around. While nearly every vegetable is low in calories, some are lower than others.

Just because a vegetable is low in calories is not an excuse to put butter or cheese on it, or to cook it with bacon. An essential part of keeping vegetables low calorie is to eat them raw, steamed, or boiled.

Low-calorie vegetables include watercress, lettuce, arugula, sprouts, napa cabbage, cucumber, and celery. Below are 20 vegetables lowest in calories, for more, see the full ranking of over 200 low-calorie vegetables.

For more low calorie foods, see the article on foods low in calories.


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List of Low Calorie Vegetables

1 Watercress
Watercress
  • 4 calories per cup
  • 11 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
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2 Arugula
Arugula
  • 5 calories per cup fresh
  • 25 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
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3 Lettuce
A head of lettuce
  • 5 calories per cup
  • 15 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
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4 Alfalfa Sprouts
Alfalfa Sprouts
  • 8 calories per cup raw
  • 23 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
  • Data Source
5 Napa Cabbage
Napa Cabbage
  • 13 calories per cup cooked
  • 12 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
  • Data Source
6 Cucumber
Sliced Cucumber
  • 16 calories per cup raw
  • 15 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
  • Data Source
7 Celery
Stalks of Celery
  • 16 calories per cup raw
  • 16 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
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8 Radishes
Red Radishes
  • 19 calories per cup sliced
  • 16 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
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9 Pak-Choi (Bok Choy)
Bok Choy
  • 20 calories per cup cooked
  • 12 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
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10 Cabbage
Cabbage
  • 22 calories per cup raw
  • 25 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
  • Data Source
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11 Mushrooms
White Button Mushrooms
  • 28 calories per cup cooked
  • 26 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
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12 Eggplant
Eggplants
  • 35 calories per cup cooked
  • 35 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
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13 Swiss Chard
Swiss Chard
  • 35 calories per cup cooked
  • 20 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
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14 Asparagus
Asparagus
  • 40 calories per cup cooked
  • 22 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
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15 Spinach
A Bowl of Spinach
  • 41 calories per cup cooked
  • 23 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
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16 Summer Squash
Summer Squash
  • 41 calories per cup cooked
  • 23 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
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17 Tomato
Tomatoes
  • 43 calories per cup cooked
  • 18 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
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18 Green (Snap) Beans
Green Beans
  • 44 calories per cup cooked
  • 35 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
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19 Pumpkin
Pumpkins
  • 49 calories per cup cooked
  • 20 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
  • Data Source
20 Broccoli
Broccoli Stalk
  • 55 calories per cup cooked
  • 35 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
  • Data Source

See All 200 Vegetables Low in Calories

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Data Sources and References

  1. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 28.

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