13 foods that won’t make you put on weight

Eat as much as you want of these 13 foods and you still won’t put on weight.

1. Air-popped popcorn

Microwave and movie popcorn has tarnished this food’s reputation, but when popcorn is made with an air popper and dusted with a sprinkling of salt, it becomes a healthy snack.

2. Arugula

Forget watery and flavourless romaine lettuce — the peppery and slightly bitter notes of fresh arugula make it the ultimate salad green. A simple arugula salad with olive oil, shaved Parmesan cheese, and a sprinkle of sea salt is an elegant start to a meal.

3. Blueberries

Blueberries are a versatile snack food that can fit into almost any meal. Feel free to add some to granola or yogurt; or blend some frozen blueberries and bananas with a hint of lemon juice for an easy, three-ingredient, vegan ice cream.

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4. Celery

Celery is 95 per cent water, and the rest of the stalk is made up of soluble and insoluble fiber. Celery might cause you to stay up at night, but eating a few stalks won’t make you gain any weight. Try dipping some in hummus for a healthy snack.

 

5. Edamame

The name makes them sound exotic, but edamame, which literally means ‘stemmed-bean’, are just immature soybeans. They can be purchased shelled and frozen, or still in their pods. The beans can easily be incorporated into pastas, salads, grain bowls, and even smoothies. That said, steamed edamame sprinkled with a little bit of sea salt is a simple delicacy.

6. Egg whites

Go right ahead and eat as many egg whites as you can stomach. The whites from one egg contain almost four grams of protein and only 17 calories. Combine egg whites with some spinach, cherry tomatoes, and feta for a quick and healthy egg white omelette. But don’t completely ignore the yolk; it contains important vitamins and minerals.

7. Oranges

Don’t just run them through a juicer; this fibrous citrus fruit is a useful weight-loss tool when consumed whole. Ripping through an orange provides your daily amount of vitamin C, but it also contributes other nutrients such as folate, potassium and vitamin B1.

8. Portobello mushrooms

Portobello is just one of the 38,000 different varieties of mushrooms, but its size and hearty texture makes it a popular meat substitute. Don’t be afraid to stack them high for your next veggie burger. They’re also delicious grilled or stuffed with spinach, garlic and a little cream cheese.

 

9. Seaweed

Part of the algae family, edible seaweed has been a staple of East Asian cuisine for centuries. Nowadays, you can find some form of seaweed in supermarkets all over the world. Seaweed is a powerful source of iodine, an essential mineral that contributes to a healthy, functioning thyroid.

11. Strawberries

These smoothie staples are sweet, a little tart, and a whole lot of satisfying. A Harvard study linked anthocyanins, a group of flavonoids found in strawberries, to a reduced risk of heart attack in young and middle-aged women. Eat a cup of strawberries with a dollop of fresh whipped cream for a guilt-free dessert.

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12. Sugar snap peas

Sugar snap peas possess a natural sweetness and texture, which makes them the ideal munchie. Sugar snap peas can be eaten raw, like in a salad, or cooked, like in a stir-fry.

13. Sweet potatoes

It might be a humble root, but the sweet potato is one of the healthiest foods on the planet. It’s a rich source of beta-carotene — a pigment that eventually converts to vitamin A within the body.

 

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Holly Konig
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