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The “Free” Foods You Can Eat to Stay Full on a Diet

Almost all foods contain calories, but some foods have so few that they aren’t worth really counting. These are frequently called “free foods.” If you’re on a diet and want a snack, here are a list of those “free foods” that you can eat in moderation without tracking.

First, a small caveat. There is nothing magical about the foods below. They contain calories, and consuming too much of them will make their low-calorie nature non-trivial. If you eat them in moderation though, they’ll quell your hunger.

Make sure that you practice mindfulness to make sure that they end up helping, not hurting, your overall progress.

Fibrous Vegetables:

Broccoli
Asparagus
Cauliflower
Fresh Green Beans
Celery
Spinach
Kale
Okra
Cucumbers
Cabbage
Chinese Cabbage
Bean Sprouts
Alfalfa Sprouts

Condiments/Cooking Ingredients:

Mustard
Pickles
Relish
Sauerkraut
Chicken/Beef broth (or bouillon)
Soy Sauce
Salsa (UPDATED: Forgot this one as one of my go-to’s)
Hot Sauce (e.g. Tabasco)
Sriracha

Others:

Sugar-free jello
Sugar-free gum
Sugar-free mints
Sushi Seaweed Wrap
Beverages:

Coffee (with a splash of skim milk)
Tea
Sugar-free Beverages
Again, we’re not suggesting anything drastic, such as using these free foods to go on a cleanse. Also, before anything else, you should also make sure that you are on a reasonable, sustainable program. That being said, incorporating these foods into your diet as healthy, “free” snacks will fill your belly when you’re feeling munchy, and they free you from having to log every calorie you eat. That’s a great combination.

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