13 Zero Calorie Foods for Side Dishes and Add-Ons

We don’t recommend sucking on lemons, but it’s nice to know that you can squeeze them in to water, over other low-cal veggies, on top of a salad or over fish with nearly no addition in calories, but a nice added zest of flavor. Lemons are also an alkalizing food that contain antioxidants to keep you healthy.
Calories: 29 per 100g

No matter which variety of mushroom you choose, it’s going to be low in calories! You don’t ever have to worry about adding them to your recipe, or simply sautéing them as a side dish, and busting out diet. The meaty taste and texture of mushrooms also make them a great replacement for beef in many dishes.
Calories: 22-38 calories per 100g

Tomatoes are one of the healthiest foods you can eat, and they are low on the calorie chart, as well. The lycopene they contain helps prevent cancer and heart disease, so you’re getting that too. It’s another one of those great weight loss foods that you burn off simply by cooking it. Combine tomatoes with some of the other foods on this list and you’ll have a delicious meal that won’t bust your diet..
Calories: 17 per 100g

If you aren’t already, you need to start eating more kale. Kale provides protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients in addition to low calories, so there is no real downside. Want a healthy alternative to potato chips, try baked kale chips!
Calories: 49 per 100g

Brussels Sprouts
It’s too bad Brussel sprouts get a bad wrap because these little veggies are packed full of nutrients and are pretty low calorie-wise too! They are a cruciferous vegetable, so they provide many of the same benefits of eating broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. However, you’d be better off avoiding Brussel sprouts if you’re keen piling on the cheese, butter  or bacon to make them tastier.
Calories: 43 per 100g

Onions are used so often in recipes, that it’s a good thing they’re low in calories. Most of us won’t be snacking on an onion like we might an apple, but adding them to soups and main dishes is a winning combination.
Calories: 40 per 100g

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