List of 20 Low Calorie Vegetables for Weight Loss

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

Watercress1 Watercress
  • 4 calories per cup
  • 11 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
Arugula2 Arugula
  • 5 calories per cup fresh
  • 25 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
A head of lettuce3 Lettuce
  • 5 calories per cup
  • 15 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
Alfalfa Sprouts4 Alfalfa Sprouts
  • 8 calories per cup raw
  • 23 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
Napa Cabbage5 Napa Cabbage
  • 13 calories per cup cooked
  • 12 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
Sliced Cucumber6 Cucumber
  • 16 calories per cup raw
  • 15 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
Stalks of Celery7 Celery
  • 16 calories per cup raw
  • 16 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
Red Radishes8 Radishes
  • 19 calories per cup sliced
  • 16 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
Bok Choy9 Pak-Choi (Bok Choy)
  • 20 calories per cup cooked
  • 12 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
Cabbage10 Cabbage
  • 22 calories per cup raw
  • 25 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
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White Button Mushrooms11 Mushrooms
  • 28 calories per cup cooked
  • 26 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
Eggplants12 Eggplant
  • 35 calories per cup cooked
  • 35 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
Swiss Chard13 Swiss Chard
  • 35 calories per cup cooked
  • 20 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
Asparagus14 Asparagus
  • 40 calories per cup cooked
  • 22 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
A Bowl of Spinach15 Spinach
  • 41 calories per cup cooked
  • 23 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
Summer Squash16 Summer Squash
  • 41 calories per cup cooked
  • 23 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
Tomatoes17 Tomato
  • 43 calories per cup cooked
  • 18 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
Green Beans18 Green (Snap) Beans
  • 44 calories per cup cooked
  • 35 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
Pumpkins19 Pumpkin
  • 49 calories per cup cooked
  • 20 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
Broccoli Stalk20 Broccoli
  • 55 calories per cup cooked
  • 35 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)

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Data Sources and References

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

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