List of 20 Low Calorie Vegetables for Weight Loss

Written by Daisy Whitbread, MScN
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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.


List of Low Calorie Vegetables

Watercress

#1: Watercress

Calories per CupCalories per 100g
4 calories11 calories
Arugula

#2: Arugula

Calories per Cup FreshCalories per 100g
5 calories25 calories
A head of lettuce

#3: Lettuce

Calories per CupCalories per 100g
5 calories15 calories
Alfalfa Sprouts

#4: Alfalfa Sprouts

Calories per Cup RawCalories per 100g
8 calories23 calories
Napa Cabbage

#5: Napa Cabbage

Calories per Cup CookedCalories per 100g
13 calories12 calories
Sliced Cucumber

#6: Cucumber

Calories per Cup RawCalories per 100g
16 calories15 calories
Stalks of Celery

#7: Celery

Calories per Cup RawCalories per 100g
16 calories16 calories
Red Radishes

#8: Radishes

Calories per Cup SlicedCalories per 100g
19 calories16 calories
Bok Choy

#9: Pak-Choi (Bok Choy)

Calories per Cup CookedCalories per 100g
20 calories12 calories
Cabbage

#10: Cabbage

Calories per Cup RawCalories per 100g
22 calories25 calories
White Button Mushrooms

#11: Mushrooms

Calories per Cup CookedCalories per 100g
28 calories26 calories
Eggplants

#12: Eggplant

Calories per Cup CookedCalories per 100g
35 calories35 calories
Swiss Chard

#13: Swiss Chard

Calories per Cup CookedCalories per 100g
35 calories20 calories
Asparagus

#14: Asparagus

Calories per Cup CookedCalories per 100g
40 calories22 calories
A Bowl of Spinach

#15: Spinach

Calories per Cup CookedCalories per 100g
41 calories23 calories
Summer Squash

#16: Summer Squash

Calories per Cup CookedCalories per 100g
41 calories23 calories
Tomatoes

#17: Tomato

Calories per Cup CookedCalories per 100g
43 calories18 calories
Green Beans

#18: Green (Snap) Beans

Calories per Cup CookedCalories per 100g
44 calories35 calories
Pumpkins

#19: Pumpkin

Calories per Cup CookedCalories per 100g
49 calories20 calories
Broccoli Stalk

#20: Broccoli

Calories per Cup CookedCalories per 100g
55 calories35 calories

See All 200 Vegetables Low in Calories

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

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