Sunday, March 4, 2012

Unlimited Foods to eat when on a diet

I saw this video of the Today Show, on a health segment with another Registered Dietitian that I really respect Joy Bauer.
Watch the video here:

Joy was asked if there are any foods you can have in unlimited amount while trying to lose weight. Her answer was yes, and that you can eat as much non starchy vegetables as you want. Below is information I got from her and more ideas that I had to add on the topic.
Unlimited "Free" Foods:
Non Starchy Vegetables  

These vegetables are mostly water, high in fiber, high in vitamins, minerals, and only about 30 calories per cup

source:american diabetic association

  • Carrots
  • Broccoli 
  • Cauliflower 
  • Spinach
  • Green Beans 
  • Kale 
  • Artichoke
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Asparagus
  • Baby corn
  • Bamboo shoots
  • Beans (green, wax, Italian)
  • Bean sprouts
  • Beets
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage (green, bok choy, Chinese)
  • Celery
  • Chayote
  • Coleslaw (packaged, no dressing)
  • Cucumber
  • Daikon
  • Eggplant
  • Greens (collard, kale, mustard, turnip)
  • Hearts of palm
  • Kohlrabi
  • Leeks
  • Mushrooms
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Pea pods
  • Peppers
  • Radishes
  • Rutabaga
  • Salad greens (chicory, endive, escarole, lettuce, romaine, spinach, arugula, radicchio, watercress)
  • Sprouts
  • Squash (cushaw, summer, crookneck, zucchini)
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Swiss chard
  • Tomato
  • Turnips
  • Water chestnuts


  • Buy them fresh or frozen
  • Enjoy them:
    • Raw 
    • Steamed
    • Boiled 
    • Simmered in low-soduim chicken or vegetable broth 
    • Roasted in the oven 
    • sautéed with small amount of olive oil, garlic, and seasoning
    • Dip with dijon mustard, salsa, low calorie dressing, home-made ranch dip (ranch seasoning packet in greek yogurt)
  • Make sure to not add a lot of butter or oil while cooking these veggies! There is 100 - 110 calories per 1 tablespoon of fat which is more than 3 times the calories in a cup of these veggies! 

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Source: American Diabetes Association, Today Show, Joy Bauer, RD
Image: creativedoxfoto /


  1. Hi,

    Thanks for the awesome article! I have a question if you don't mind:

    What is the most natural way to stay healthy forever, I mean, even when you are in your 40s? Thanks!

    1. Hi! Check out today's post. Following a general healthy diet of lean meats, high in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and low in saturated fat and "junk food" such as fried foods, cakes, cookies, soda, is a place to start! try to include some physical activity too!

      Hope this helps!

  2. I'll definitely keep this in mind, in fact I'll add more vegetables in my shopping list. Thanks.

  3. This started off as great information last year...Where are the updates and commentary for 2013?

  4. Just don't overdo it and having an immediate crashed diet.