List of 20 Low Calorie Vegetables for Weight Loss

List of 20 Low Calorie Vegetables for Weight Loss

Apart from water and some very thin soups, vegetables are the lowest calorie food group. While nearly every vegetable is low in calories, some are lower than others.

To keep vegetables low in calories and retain the most nutrients, it is best to eat them raw or steamed.

Low-calorie vegetables include watercress, lettuce, arugula, sprouts, napa cabbage, cucumber, and celery. Below are the 20 lowest calorie vegetables. 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.

List of Low Calorie Vegetables

Watercress1 Watercress
Calories per CupCalories per 100g
4 calories11 calories
Arugula2 Arugula
Calories per Cup FreshCalories per 100g
5 calories25 calories
A head of lettuce3 Lettuce
Calories per CupCalories per 100g
5 calories15 calories
Alfalfa Sprouts4 Alfalfa Sprouts
Calories per Cup RawCalories per 100g
8 calories23 calories
Napa Cabbage5 Napa Cabbage
Calories per Cup CookedCalories per 100g
13 calories12 calories
Sliced Cucumber6 Cucumber
Calories per Cup RawCalories per 100g
16 calories15 calories
Stalks of Celery7 Celery
Calories per Cup RawCalories per 100g
14 calories14 calories
Red Radishes8 Radishes
Calories per Cup SlicedCalories per 100g
19 calories16 calories
Bok Choy9 Pak-Choi (Bok Choy)
Calories per Cup CookedCalories per 100g
20 calories12 calories
Cabbage10 Cabbage
Calories per Cup RawCalories per 100g
22 calories25 calories
White Button Mushrooms11 Mushrooms
Calories per Cup CookedCalories per 100g
28 calories26 calories
Eggplants12 Eggplant
Calories per Cup CookedCalories per 100g
35 calories35 calories
Swiss Chard13 Swiss Chard
Calories per Cup CookedCalories per 100g
35 calories20 calories
Asparagus14 Asparagus
Calories per Cup CookedCalories per 100g
40 calories22 calories
A Bowl of Spinach15 Spinach
Calories per Cup CookedCalories per 100g
41 calories23 calories
Summer Squash16 Summer Squash
Calories per Cup CookedCalories per 100g
34 calories19 calories
Tomatoes17 Tomato
Calories per Cup CookedCalories per 100g
43 calories18 calories
Green Beans18 Green (Snap) Beans
Calories per Cup CookedCalories per 100g
44 calories35 calories
Pumpkins19 Pumpkin
Calories per Cup CookedCalories per 100g
49 calories20 calories
Broccoli Stalk20 Broccoli
Calories per Cup CookedCalories per 100g
55 calories35 calories

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About the Data

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About Nutrient Targets

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  • Daily Value (%DV) - The %DV is a general guideline for everyone and accounts for absorption factors. It is the most common target in the U.S. and is the target on the nutrition labels of most products. It is set by the U.S. FDA.
  • Reference Dietary Intake (%RDI) - The Reference Dietary Intake (RDI) is a customized target accounting for age and gender. It is set by the U.S. Institute of Medicine. The RDI for amino acids is set by the U.N. World Health Organization. The daily value (%DV) builds on the reference dietary intake to create a number for everyone.
  • Adequate Intake (%AI) - Sets a target for Omega 3 and Omega 6 fats. The Adequate Intake is also set by the U.S. Institute of Medicine. It represents a number to ensure adequacy but lacks the same level of evidence as the Reference Dietary Intake. In short, the number is less accurate than the RDI.
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Data Sources and References

  1. U.S. Agricultural Research Service Food Data Central