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Can we start a list of low calorie foods? No fruit or veggies. For example Canadian Bacon is very low cal. What else?


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  1. Chicken broth is very low cal and tasty.

    Others are:
    Shirataki noodles
    Beef jerky

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    1. re: seamunky

      Thank you. Very good list. I forgot about popcorn. What to use Shirataki noodles in? what is konnyaku?

      1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

        The starchy tuber of a konjac plant is ground into flour and made into a square cake. It it often referred to as yam cake. It has almost no calories as it is basically a gel. The cake is referred to as konnyaku. When it is made into noodles, it is called shirataki.


      2. re: seamunky

        should be added that for popcorn to be low calorie, it should be served without butter nor any added fat.
        at 9 calories per gram, fat, in any form, is very high calorie.

      3. Cold V-8 makes a good lunch on a hot day. 60 calories in 8 ounces

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        1. re: Querencia

          Thanks. Will add it to my stuffed bell peppers dish.

          1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

            Lulu: the problem with that idea is that the majority of the stuffings that are used in stuffed bell peppers are caloric wild cards.
            this is especially true when any ground meat is involved. you can get a better handle on the calories in that dish if you substitute brown or green lentils cooked without ANY fat/oil/grease for the meat.

            so, normally prepared, the juice is low calorie, but as a whole, the recipe for stuffed peppers is normally very high calorie.

            adding a low calorie ingredient, such as vegetable juice, doesn't reduce the calories that come from the beef fat. normally those beef-fat calories have been soaked up and retained by the rice/grain component of the stuffing.

            1. re: westsidegal

              I know. I have a recipe where I use ground turkey, brown rice or lentils or quinoa.

              1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

                A lot of ground turkey includes the skin and is very high in fat. Read the packaging so you only use ground turkey breast, no skin.

                1. re: Cathy

                  <<A lot of ground turkey includes the skin and is very high in fat>>

                  actually, MOST of the ground turkey is very high fat intentionally.
                  also, much of it has been shot through with chemicals, brine, etc. to improve the flavor and profitability of the product.
                  this stuff is allowed to be called "seasoning."

                  i once had to cook for a person on dialysis, and actually called the turkey companies to make sure about the content of the their "fresh" products. NONE of the products were plain, unadulterated, turkey. NONE.

                  1. re: westsidegal

                    Most stores have unadulterated ground turkey. Ingredients: turkey

                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                      Didn't know this. No wonder turkey tastes good. Look at this from Jennie o http://www.jennieo.com/products/4-Lea.... I usually get that.

                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                          Turkey breast that is also labeled as 'extra lean', meaning no skin.

                          You have to read everything. It's there.

                        2. re: LuluTheMagnificent

                          jennie o was one of the companies i called.
                          i explained that i could only serve this person plain, unadulterated, turkey with no salt, brine, nor chemicals added.
                          i asked which of their products would be safe for him.
                          they told me NONE.

                          1. re: westsidegal

                            Again, many stores sell their own unadulterated brand. Trader Joe's, Wegmans and Whole Foods. It is scary what's added that you wouldn't expect. I stopped buying Shady Brook Farms because of that.

          2. oat bran has fewer calories than oat meal.
            often i'll mix some oat bran in with the oat meal in order to reduce the caorie count.

            1. Regular bacon has 30-40 cals a slice. That's pretty low in my book.

              1. Could you clarify the criterion? Calories per unit weight? Calories per unit volume? Calories per average serving size?

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                1. re: Scrofula

                  I was wondering that - by any of your criteria wouldn't the answer be lettuce, celery, spinach, cabbage . . .?

                      1. re: magiesmom

                        Yup. I missed that. So my votes are boneless skinless chicken breasts and egg whites.

                    1. re: Scrofula

                      also, the preparation of the bacon makes a HUGE difference.
                      if the bacon is well-cooked, and all the fat has been cooked and pressed out of it (paper towels), a slice of bacon will have far fewer calories than a slice that still has enough fat forit to be flexible and glossy.

                      1. re: Scrofula

                        Good question. This thread confuses me.

                          1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

                            I'm still confused. The question is very vague and doesn't have much meaning.

                          2. re: fldhkybnva

                            True. Anything consumed in moderation/portion control will have few calories. I can eat one slice of bacon, one piece of chocolate, 1/4 bagel and be satisfied.

                            Eating an open faced sandwich cuts calories, having a burger without cheese or bacon means less. Grilled rather than fried.

                            I don't understand the question either. A modest amount of ANY food means lower calories.

                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                              the thread is confusing because the obvious way to reduce calories is to move toward the categories of vegetables and fruits, but the OP has constrained the choices to the more fattening categories: those categories that are higher carb and high fat.

                              doesn't leave much

                                1. re: linguafood

                                  "High fat isn't fattening, tho."

                                  Totally agree with this.
                                  Adding fat, for me anyway, helps cut total calorie consumption.

                                  I know If I toss 1/2 an avocado in my salad or melt butter over my baked potato or sprinkle cheese in my casserole, I actually eat less, and yet feel more satiated.

                                  Give me an entire pack of plain-ol' rice cakes? I am likely to eat the whole darn thing. Especially if Downton Abbey is on the TV.

                                  1. re: pedalfaster

                                    Fat adds a satiating component to the meal for sure. Overly processed foods full of white flour are the ones you really need to eat in moderation. I find 1/2 portions of higher calorie foods to be perfectly satisfying when I have a craving, especially if you have it with lots of veggies or salad.

                                  2. re: linguafood

                                    If you choose 'low fat' items (salad dressing, yogurt, etc) you will notice the flavor component is replaced with sugar and the carbohydrate count is higher than the corresponding 'high' fat item.

                                  3. re: westsidegal

                                    Excluding vegetables and fruit also leaves high protein foods. It's still confusuing. What is the definition of low calorie?

                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                      I know what fruits and veggies I like that are low cal. I guess you could list fruits and veggies that are low cal for others. I gave an example in my post of a low cal food, Canadian bacon, also popcorn is a good example.

                                      Sis funk, what foods are processed with White flour that you avoid?

                              1. Pretzels are pretty good.

                                Rice cakes.

                                Canned tuna.

                                Corn tortillas.

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                                1. re: gildeddawn

                                  corn tortillas are only low calorie if they have not been fried in fat. when put in a skillet or fryer with any form of fat, they are able to absorb quite a bit of it at 9 calories a gram.

                                  1. re: westsidegal

                                    Well, yeah. You can add calories to anything by cooking it in fat.

                                2. no fruit or veggies? hmmmm.
                                  that makes it really hard.
                                  chicken broth, hard boiled eggs, cottage cheese, string cheese, chicken (skinless), ground turkey, Crystal Lite and Diet Coke.

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                                    1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

                                      It ain't necessarily so. Here are a few foods and their calorie densities:

                                      Avocados: 1.5 cal/g
                                      Peas: 1.25 cal/g
                                      Yam: 1.15 cal/g

                                      Cooked brown rice: 1.1 cal/g
                                      Boiled egg: 1.5 cal/g
                                      Canned tuna in water: 1.5 cal/g

                                      Sugar: 4 cal/g

                                        1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

                                          root vegetables, such as potatos, are not particularly low-cal.
                                          also, if you deep fat fry those potatos, or slather them with sour cream or butter, they are not at all low cal.

                                          also there are vegetables like eggplant, that, by themselves ARE low cal, but if they are cooked in oil, they have a propensity to soak up oil like a sponge thereby increasing their calorie count.

                                      1. I dont worry about calories too much. I try not to eat too many carbs and avoid factory food.

                                        1. Plain nonfat greek yogurt
                                          Puffed wheat
                                          Pickles and pickled vegetables (check label, should not have oil)
                                          Miso soup
                                          Baked chickpeas (like those by The Good Bean)

                                          And several hundred frankenfood science experiment "foods" promoted by the huge companies that makes those "100 calorie packs". However those items are often nutritionally void and made from sketchy stuff i can't even pronounce.....

                                          1. Why not just get a calorie counter? I have small booklets/pamphlets for low-calorie eating, acquired in the 70's that list the calorie content of foods. Is it really necessary to reinvent the wheel? Here's a good and fairly comprehensive chart, choose your preferred nutritional datum to select the food that fits your dietary requirement:


                                            1. Sliced turkey breast
                                              Low Cal bread
                                              Trader Joe gas this Low Cal wraps that are quite good.

                                              1. Boiled/grilled shrimp, Steamed/grilled fish,Tumbaro's wraps, Oat Bran, Unsweetened almond milk, Nut thins crackers, PB2

                                                1. Dry roasted edemmae isn't bad and packs 14 grams of protein per quarter cup. If you want something satisfying, an egg has 80 calories. Steel cut oatmeal is relatively low cal.

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                                                  1. re: sisterfunkhaus

                                                    i find that the dry roasted edemame that sisterfunk recommends is a very effective diet help.
                                                    a handful of those guys and my hunger pangs stop for a long time.

                                                    re: eggs
                                                    an egg white contains about 15 calories
                                                    the yolk about 70 calories.
                                                    they each contain roughly the same amount of protein.

                                                  2. chicken (particularly white meat)
                                                    pudding (if you make it with skim milk)
                                                    graham crackers
                                                    goldfish crackers

                                                      1. I actually had to google Canadian bacon!! I was like, what is this mysterious low calorie bacon!? Am I missing out on a new thing!? How can I live here and not know! Something in the back of my mind thought you might be talking about 'back bacon' which is what americans call it I guess lol. Alas no our bacon has the same calories.

                                                        1. These are just plain with no added seasonings

                                                          Salmon 3 ounces 177 calories
                                                          Shrimp 3 ounces 99 calories
                                                          Lamb 3 ounces 250 calories
                                                          Lobster 3 ounces 76 calories
                                                          Yellowtail Sashmi 3 ounces 124 calories
                                                          Ground Bison 3 ounces 190 calories