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Zero Calorie Shopping List

Updated on August 24, 2018

Have I caught your attention?

Good! BUSTED: ‘Zero calorie’ foods are infamously labelled as ‘negative calorie’ foods, however, they are correctly defined as having a minimal not a negative or a zero calorie count. It is more accurately accepted that the energy expended by eating these foods, lessens their caloric value, making them valuable low calorie ingredients if you want to feel full without denting your daily calorie intake. You’re probably eating a few of these already!

The truth is, you won’t burn fat by eating excessive amounts of these foods. Only 5 to 10 percent of your daily energy expenditure is used for digestive processes. There is simply no scientific evidence that the calories expended during the digestive process could exceed the amount of calories contributed by the food eaten – grapefruit often cited as a popular example. Grapefruit even has a diet named after it!

So who’s been guilty of spreading these diet fads?

Abs are cooked in the kitchen and built in the gym! Be good to your body and follow a balanced, nutritious lifestyle or face the consequences of long-term damage from extreme diets. The truth is, there is no quick fix - only consistently eating well and exercising often will give you lasting results.

Add ‘em to your next shopping list;

Per 100g, these fruits and vegetables are below 50 calories.

Fruits to include:

  • Blueberries
  • Cranberries
  • Grapefruit
  • Honeydew
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Mango
  • Oranges
  • Papaya
  • Peaches
  • Pineapple
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Tangerines
  • Watermelon.

Vegetables to include;

  • Asparagus
  • Bean sprouts
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Chilli Peppers
  • Peppers
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Squash
  • Spring Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnips
  • Onions

Per 1tsp (2.3g), these fresh or dried herbs and spices are below 10 calories;

Fresh or dried herbs and spices to include:

  • Anise seed
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Chia seeds
  • Coriander/Cilantro
  • Cumin
  • Dill
  • Fennel seeds
  • Flax seeds
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Ground Pepper
  • Mustard seeds
  • Parsley


  • Boost the metabolism
  • Great source of dietary fiber
  • Super nutritious
  • Detoxifying
  • Natural anti-inflammatory properties
  • Natural diuretic properties
  • Healthy carbohydrate source


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