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Old 05-26-2007, 03:29 PM   #1
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Cool Zero or Very Low Calorie Summertime Snacks and Recipes

Hi All,

I thought this may be a nice place to put our Zero or Very Low Calorie Snacks and Recipes for the Summertime!

I received this in my email from Glee Magazine:

Eat Up! Calorie-Free Foods

By Carolina Diaz-Bordon
Glee Contributor
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2007

What’s the key to calorie-free? According to Burke, very few foods are ultimately void of calories, but there are calorie-burning foods. These are foods that burn up more calories in the process of digesting them than are actually contained in the foods themselves. The best way to stay satisfied, keep your energy level in full force and make sure your caloric intake stays in a healthy range is to include these super foods and snacks in your daily diet.

Here's a list of some calorie-free and very-close-to-calorie-free foods, beverages and snacks that work entirely in your favor:

1. Hot tea with Splenda: Drink a cup of calorie-free hot tea to ward off hunger pangs. Research shows tea consumption may also help prevent a wide range of ailments.

2. Berries: Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries have few calories, and they pack a powerful punch on your health.

3. Citrus fruit: Rich in vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber, citrus fruits not only taste great, but are also essential for normal growth and development and overall nutritional well being.

4. Sugar-free JELL-O with non-fat, no-calorie dairy whipped topping: A dieter's dream come true. It’s easy to make, delicious and virtually calorie-free.

5. Egg whites prepared with nonstick spray: Egg whites are very low in calories, have no fat, no cholesterol and are loaded with protein.

6. Crunchy veggies: Feel free to indulge in all the crunchy veggies you wish. Dietitians give crunchy veggies a perfect 10 in nutrition. When it comes to weight loss, they are simply hard to beat. “Your best bets are broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, bok choy and kale, which contain disease-fighting glucosinolates and other substances,” Burke says.

7. Water: Weight loss and water go hand in hand. It suppresses the appetite and helps the body metabolize fat. It also regulates body temperature and flushes toxins. Before you grab a snack try drinking a glass of 100-percent calorie-free H2O.

This article is located here.

To see more: Glee Magazine

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