2013-07-12 / Sports

Jen’s Fitness Forum

By Jen Font de Bon

I’m Jen Font de Bon, physical trainer, spinning instructor and nutrition nut from Suncycle Studios.

My goal is to help people reach theirs.

I promote physical, mental and emotional health, aiding others in finding and maintaining a balanced lifestyle.

Lose weight the right way by sticking to nutritious whole foods.

The following are 10 satisfying picks that are low in calories and high in vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

ASPARAGUS is 95% water and has only 20 calories. Line some up on a baking sheet with sea salt and extra virgin olive oil. Set the toaster oven to bake at 350 degrees and pop ‘em in for 7 minutes.

CARROTS are a great source of vitamin A, not to mention the perfect snack and ingredient! Carrots contain just 40 calories. Pair this crunchy, eyesight-enhancing super-veggie with hummus, try a carrot ginger soup, or enjoy it grated with raw beets.

CUCUMBER, eating this vegetable is practically like drinking water. Composed of 97% H2O, cucumber has a mere 13 calories per serving. Like carrots, cucumbers are perfect for dipping. Also, use them in salads or a cold summer soup, such as gazpacho.

EGGPLANT is extremely versatile in the kitchen. Its meaty texture makes it a great main ingredient for vegetarian dishes. Plus, eggplant has only 20 calories! Try it in homemade dips, alla parmigiana, or on the grill with balsamic vinegar.

LETTUCE isn’t just for salads; use this veggie as a wrap. Fill with stir-fry teriyaki vegetables and chicken, tuna salad, or cold cuts. With less than 20 calories, the crunchy freshness will leave you satisfied and slim!

MUSHROOMS are 92% water and contain 35 calories. They’re delicious raw in a salad or on a sandwich.

ONION has only 32 calories and adds an extra punch of flavor to almost any dish. Incorporate it raw or sauté it. Use it in stir-fries, omelets, salads, sandwiches, and sauces.

PEPPERS are 95% water and contain a mere 20 calories. What’s more? The vegetable has a high content of vitamin C. For a healthy and satisfying meal, stuff peppers with a mixture of quinoa and diced vegetables. Top with fat free shredded cheese and bake.

STRAWBERRIES are sweet, delicious, and contain less than 35 calories. This fruit is ideal for dessert recipes. Pair fresh strawberries with vanilla ice cream. Top with a drizzle of balsamic reduction.

WATERMELON is my favorite summer food. Crisp, sweet, and juicy, this fruit comes in at only 30 calories. Cut it up in cubes and store in a Tupperware. Combine the extra juice in a pitcher with ice, water, and mint for a summer refresher. Spread the black seeds on a baking sheet to dry. Once dry, toss with oil and salt and bake for 10 to 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Add roasted almonds, shelled pistachios, unsweetened coconut flakes, dried mango, and dried cranberries for a homemade trail mix.

*Calories based on 100 grams.

Questions, comments? E-mail: admin@suncyclestudios.com Call: 718-318-3410.

Or stop by Suncycle Studios at 137 Beach 116th Street.

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