Vegetables are not only low-cal and loaded with vitamins and minerals, they're also packed with fiber and water— two nutrients that help you feel fuller.
If you’re a grazer or mindless muncher, you want to make non-starchy vegetables your new best friends. Non-starchy vegetables include cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, salad greens, and zucchini, basically anything that's not a bean, potato, or corn. (While starchy vegetables like potatoes and corn are healthy, they're much more calorie-dense, so they definitely don’t fall under the “unlimited” category).
Plain sliced raw veggies are the simple way to go, but you can always bump up the "wow" factor by cooking veggies with different seasonings and low–cal flavor enhancers. Some ideas:
- Try scrumptious roasted cherry tomatoes. The bright, bite-sized nibbles make a great side dish or a healthy snack. They get their big flavor from low-cal staples Kosher salt, garlic powder and balsamic vinegar.
- Or, ditch the starchy french fries and make delectable Jicama “Fries." You need only jicama, lime juice, onion powder, and chili powder (or paprika). Best of all, they're ready in five minutes!
Follow our tips as part of the "16 to '16 Challenge" with lifestyle correspondent Jenna Wolfe and diet expert Joy Bauer.