Nowadays it seems that everything we eat has something bad in it. You can spend half your life checking the nutrition tables of foods to work out if it’s any good for you. As we always say here at La Kult, there is no silver bullet supplements that will magically turn you in to an Olympic athlete or make you look like a supermodel but as part of a calorie controlled diet some supplements and Superfoods can be great for your health, such as our great range of Australian Certified Organic products including Acai, Camu Camu, Spirulina, Maca and Cacao.
However, it’s the term ‘calorie controlled diet’ which proves to be a problem for a lot of people. Forget the idea of calorie counting and reading the nutrition content of every food you contemplate eating the best thing to do is incorporate these 12 ultra-low calorie foods in to your diet.
Broccoli is full of fibre, vitamins and minerals and is also proven to be high in antioxidants which can lead to long term anti-ageing effects. Can be eaten either steamed or uncooked. Calories: 30 per cup.
Asparagus is packed full of minerals, vitamins and protein as well as containing very high levels of amino acids. It is excellent as a detox food and is known to breakdown and speed up the metabolism of alcohol so is great as a hangover cure. Calories: 28 per cup.
Cabbage contains several phytonutrients which are anti-carcinogenic and believed to help in preventing cancer. It is full of vitamins and minerals which help to promote cellular rejuvenation. Calories: 25 per cup.
Drink coffee and consume zero calories. Fact. But there is a catch: this applies to black coffee only. Coffee is a natural weight loss supplement as it gives a feeling of fullness, therefore controlling those hunger cravings. The caffeine in coffee also speeds up metabolism and the fat-burning process. There are many benefits of consuming coffee with some studies suggesting coffee drinkers are at a lower risk of liver and colon cancer, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. Calories: Zero per cup.
Mushrooms are a great source of antioxidants, vitamin D and B6s, fibre and potassium. They are great for protecting your immune system and some studies suggest that some varieties may contain anti-carcinogenic properties. Calories: 15 per cup.
Tomatoes are a great source of vitamin C and are shown to lower cholesterol as well as being high in fibre and potassium. They also contain the antioxidant lycopene which, some studies suggest, may protect against certain cancers. Calories: 20 per average sized tomato.
We’ve all seen Popeye, and look what it did for him. Spinach is an amazing source of iron, vitamin K and folic acid as well as containing high levels of antioxidants and vitamin C. Spinach is one of the best foods to include in your diet and is very low in calories. Calories: 8 per cup.
Garlic is a great ingredient to include in a lot of your cooking and is shown to boost immunity due to its natural antimicrobial properties. Calories: 5 per cup.
Celery is very high in fibre and contains vitamin A and C and folate. Celery is a great in between meal as it is relatively filling jet packed with vitamins and minerals. Calories: 15 per cup.
Lettuce is fantastic for regulating blood sugar and is a great source of vitamin B, manganese and folic acid and works to increase immunity. The darker green or red coloured leaves generally contain the highest number of nutrients and vitamins. Calories: 5 per cup.
Carrots are a great source of vitamin A, C, K6 and B6, folate, niacin and dietary fibre. Low in saturated fat and cholesterol they are a great in between meal snack and pair nicely with celery. Calories: 40 per cup.
All berries are full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories which help with cell rejuvenation, anti-ageing and increase immunity as well as reducing your risk of cancer. The king of the berries as far as antioxidants is concerned is Acai. Our own Acai berry powder has one of the highest antioxidant contents of any food on the planet at 182,146 uM trolox / 100g. Calories: 50 per cup.
As part of a calorie controlled diet you can now get the best out of your Superfoods. Forget the daily supplements you take, change your diet to include some of the above and include some Superfoods in both your cooking as well as making some great smoothies. As much as the above are amazing for your health they don’t make amazing smoothie bowls like Acai or Camu Camu do.
Thanks for reading. Peace x.