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List of 20 Low Calorie Vegetables for Weight Loss

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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
411
Source: Nutrition Facts for Watercress
Arugula

#2: Arugula

Calories per Cup FreshCalories per 100g
525
Source: Nutrition Facts for Arugula
A head of lettuce

#3: Lettuce

Calories per CupCalories per 100g
515
Source: Nutrition Facts for Green Leaf Lettuce
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Alfalfa Sprouts

#4: Alfalfa Sprouts

Calories per Cup RawCalories per 100g
823
Source: Nutrition Facts for Alfalfa Sprouts
Napa Cabbage

#5: Napa Cabbage

Calories per Cup CookedCalories per 100g
1312
Source: Nutrition Facts for Cooked Napa Cabbage
Sliced Cucumber

#6: Cucumber

Calories per Cup RawCalories per 100g
1615
Source: Nutrition Facts for Cucumber
Stalks of Celery

#7: Celery

Calories per Cup RawCalories per 100g
1616
Source: Nutrition Facts for Celery
Red Radishes

#8: Radishes

Calories per Cup SlicedCalories per 100g
1916
Source: Nutrition Facts for Radishes
Bok Choy

#9: Pak-Choi (Bok Choy)

Calories per Cup CookedCalories per 100g
2012
Source: Nutrition Facts for Pak-choi (Bok Choy) (Cooked)
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Cabbage

#10: Cabbage

Calories per Cup RawCalories per 100g
2225
Source: Nutrition Facts for Cabbage
White Button Mushrooms

#11: Mushrooms

Calories per Cup CookedCalories per 100g
2826
Source: Nutrition Facts for White Button Mushrooms (Stir-fried)
Eggplants

#12: Eggplant

Calories per Cup CookedCalories per 100g
3535
Source: Nutrition Facts for Cooked Eggplant
Swiss Chard

#13: Swiss Chard

Calories per Cup CookedCalories per 100g
3520
Source: Nutrition Facts for Cooked Swiss Chard
Asparagus

#14: Asparagus

Calories per Cup CookedCalories per 100g
4022
Source: Nutrition Facts for Asparagus (Cooked)
A Bowl of Spinach

#15: Spinach

Calories per Cup CookedCalories per 100g
4123
Source: Nutrition Facts for Cooked Spinach
Summer Squash

#16: Summer Squash

Calories per Cup CookedCalories per 100g
4123
Source: Nutrition Facts for Cooked Crookneck Summer Squash
Tomatoes

#17: Tomato

Calories per Cup CookedCalories per 100g
4318
Source: Nutrition Facts for Cooked Tomatoes
Green Beans

#18: Green (Snap) Beans

Calories per Cup CookedCalories per 100g
4435
Source: Nutrition Facts for Cooked Green Snap Beans
Pumpkins

#19: Pumpkin

Calories per Cup CookedCalories per 100g
4920
Source: Nutrition Facts for Cooked Pumpkin
Broccoli Stalk

#20: Broccoli

Calories per Cup CookedCalories per 100g
5535
Source: Nutrition Facts for Broccoli (Cooked)

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Data Sources and References

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