5 Food You Can Eat Unlimited

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1. Air Popped Popcorn

YUM! Nothing like air-popped popcorn on movie night! You already know popcorn makes for a great snack at any time of the day but did you know it’s actually pretty low in calorie so you can eat them in buckets without gaining weight?

That’s right, air-popped popcorn are made mostly of air so there is very little calorie per average serving size. In fact, about 3 and a half cups of air popped popcorn yields a mere 100 calories! And because popcorn is a natural grain, it’s also high in fiber, about 4 grams per three and a half cup, to be exact. Again, if you want to snack on air-popped popcorn without gaining weight, make sure you ease up on the salt and butter. Instead, you can add chili powder, cinnamon, vinegar or pepper for a pop of flavor!

If you’re planning on snacking on popcorn, make sure it’s not the microwave kind. Microwave popcorn, unlike air-popped popcorn contains carcinogenic compounds, plus it’s full of empty calories thanks to all the high salt content and artificial flavorings!

2. Canned Artichoke

Okay, canned artichokes may be high in salt but only if you eat it without rinsing away the liquid from the can. Artichoke is another superfood that’s rich in essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that protect the body from free radicals, inhibiting cancer cells from spreading!

In fact, artichoke has the highest antioxidant content in all of vegetable and fruits. It’s a heavy-duty vegetable that can be eaten in bulk without weight gain. Artichokes yields a mere 16 calories, it’s a great snack for those who are watching their weight, talk about digging in guilt-free! And if you love artichokes, you also get added benefits such as achieving glossier, silkier skin, hair and nails thanks to its anti-aging properties!

3. Homemade Kale Chips

Just like artichoke, kale is a superfood known for its high antioxidant content and inhibits cancer cell growth. In fact, kale is having quite a moment because it has become a trendy superfood for dieters. Even beauty companies are selling kale-infused cosmetics because of its high antioxidant content!

But did you know the goodness of kale can even replace that bag of potato chips you can’t get enough of? Kale not only makes for a great snack to curb cravings for salty chips, you don’t even need to watch your portions at all!

Simple kale chips are low in calories, fat and sodium with high concentrations of vitamins, minerals and fiber. The good news is, you don’t need to buy designer kale chips from super expensive organic brands, you can make them at home and it’ll be just as delicious, or even better!

If you bake this green, leafy veggie, it becomes just as crispy as potato chips. Just remove the center ribs of a bunch of kale, throw it in pieces on a bowl with olive oil, sprinkle sea salt to taste and pop this in the oven that’s been preheated at 300 degrees F. Voila, easy, delicious and nutritious snack that you can munch without worrying about gaining weight.

4. Zucchini

Packing in 20 calories in raw form, zucchini is a popular veggie for weight watchers. Zucchini, which is typically grilled or boiled are traditionally served as side dishes but don’t let tradition stop you from enjoying the goodness of this super nutritious veggie! You can eat it on its own and not have to worry about gaining weight!

Apart from being light on calories, zucchini is also high in fiber, lowers cholesterol level in the body and helps detoxify the colon. Zucchini is also known to lower the likelihood of developing certain cancers, prevent stroke and heart attack. Finally, zucchini is also high in potassium and helps stabilize blood pressure.

Because zucchini loses its firmness when cooked, it will take 180 grams of zucchini to fill a cup. One cup of sliced zucchini cooked without salt and other flavorings is only 28 calories. On the other hand, a cup of sliced uncooked zucchini has around 29 calories! Zucchini is also one versatile vegetable. It can be served in a number (to salads, as appetizers, grilled, etc.) so if you are the type who loves to experiment, this is a great low-calorie vegetable for you.

5. Watermelon

Here’s a nugget of trivia for you, watermelon not only contains more lycopene than raw tomatoes, it’s also a fruit and a vegetable! Talk about being an overachiever!

Lycopene is a compound that inhibits cancer cells from developing in the body. It’s an antioxidant that protects the body from free radical, cell damage and boosts the immune system and helps maintain healthy cardiovascular health.

What’s more, you can eat as much watermelon as you want because it’s more than 90% water. Watermelon is perfect for dehydrated people, weight watchers and athletes with very sore muscles. In fact, watermelon is recommended as a post-workout snack because it can lower heart rate within the day and soothes tired muscles at the same time!

This summer-time treat can be served in different ways too. You can pop pieces of watermelon in a blender and turn the mixture into ice pops, as drinks, etc.