healthy_eatingToday we are bringing you the inside scoop from our brand new Calorie Bible (which you can buy here) – a huge list of great foods and drinks that are all under thirty calories.
PLUS there are a few fun facts and some delicious recipes for you to try as well.
Let’s kick off the list…

  • Artichoke 24 calories / 100g

Did you know that eating artichokes can help to protect your liver? The active ingredient in artichoke (cynarin) shelters the liver from toxins, damage and stress.

  • Cucumber 12 calories / 100g

Cucumbers contain a lot of water, which can help to keep you fuller for longer. Plus they are packed with Vitamins C and K.
Now you may not have considered popping a cucumber into your Healthy Mummy Smoothie before. But, trust us, it’s delicious! Why not ease yourself into it with our Banana Nut Smoothie which uses frozen cucumber instead of ice – genius!

  • Celery – 15 calories / 100g

Celery is a great vegetable if you are very active, as it can help to replace your lost nutrients and sodium

  • Soda Water 0 calories / 100g

That’s right – zero, zilch, zip. Reducing your consumption of sugary drinks can aid your weight loss. So sip on a sparkling water or soda water with a big squeeze of lemon or lime for a refreshing treat.

  • Baby spinach – 24 calories / 100g

Did you know that darker green veggies contain more Vitamin C than light green ones? This is another veg that you may not have considered throwing into your morning smoothie, but it actually blends really well and the flavour is not overpowering. We love the Kiwi and Spinach Smoothie.

  • Long Black Coffee 2 calories per cup.

Who knew that your morning cuppa was just 2 calories? You can read our take here on whether coffee is good for weight loss.

  • Seaweed From Sushi – 10 calories per sheet.

This amazing food can actually help to control your mood. The iodine in the seaweed helps your thyroid and metabolism function effectively, which can stabilise your mood.

  • Zucchini – 15 calories / 100g

Not a big fan of boiled, steamed or stir fried zucchini? Try our gorgeous Zucchini Ribbons with Lemon and Walnut Pesto which uses peeled strips of raw zucchini to make a delicious salad.

  • Strawberries – 26 calories / 100g

One cup of these little red beauties packs in over 100 percent of your daily recommended intake of vitamin C. We absolutely love strawberries in our smoothies. You’ve got to try the Healthy Heart Raspberry and Strawberry Smoothie.

  • Chilli – 22 calories per chilli.

Hot tip: capsaicin (that’s what gives chilli its kick), has been shown to help your body burn more calories

  • Mushrooms 24 calories / 100g

If you love pate why not try making your own Mushroom Pate? It’s just 171 calories per serve and super easy.

  • Black or Herbal Tea 3 calories per cup.

Sipping on a herbal tea offers a truckload of health benefits, and allows you to enjoy so many different flavours. Did you know you can also use tea in your cooking? Try our Green Tea and Ginger Poached Salmon.

  • Capsicum – 25 calories / 100g

One medium sized capsicum gives you an incredible 250 percent of your daily recommended intake of vitamin C, 75 percent of your daily vitamin A needs, and 10 percent of your fibre.
We love this rich red Roast Tomato and Capsicum Soup. Pop it on your meal plan for next week, and you won’t be disappointed.

  • Ginger – 1 calories per teaspoon.

Try our Ginger Chocolate Surprise Smoothie. The surprise isn’t the warming ginger – it’s spinach!

  • Oranges – 30 calories / 100g

The zesty flavours of orange can really lift your baking to another level. Try our Wholemeal Date and Orange Scones which are a big hit with adults and kids alike.

  • Asparagus –  25 calories / 100g

Asparagus is traditionally known as a detoxifying food, because it contains high levels of an amino acid that acts as a diuretic, flushing excess fluid out of your system.

  • Watermelon – 29 calories / 100g

Watermelon can be a great addition to your healthy eating plan. The natural sweetness can satisfy those pesky sugar cravings, and they are packed with antioxidants.

  • Tomato – 18 calories / 100g

Tip: cooking your tomatoes spikes levels of lycopene and makes it easier for your body to absorb the nutrients within.

  • Broccoli – 24 calories / 100g  tip:

Did you know? One cup of raw broccoli contains as much fibre and vitamin C as an orange! Better toss some in your stir fry!

  • Cauliflower – 24 calories / 100g

Tip: for something different, try using cauliflower instead of potato when making mash. It’s delicious and much lower in calories.

  • Rocket – 25 calories / 100g

Low in the bad stuff (calories, fat and cholesterol) but high in the good stuff like fibre, Vitamins A, C and K as well as potassium.

  • Cabbage: 22 calories / 100g

Did you know that cabbage contains almost as much water as watermelon? If you aren’t a fan of it boiled or steamed, why not try our healthy Rainbow Coleslaw which uses raw cabbage instead.

  • Garlic 4 calories per clove.

Not only is it great for fighting off the common cold, eating garlic can actually help to protect you against more serious diseases such as cancer.

  • Limes 22 calories / 100g

Limes are a great source of Vitamin C and fibre.
Squeeze one into your Healthy Mummy Smoothie for a vitamin and flavour boost.
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