Low Calorie Vegetables

Besides water and some really thin soups, vegetables are the lowest calorie foods around. While nearly every vegetable is low in calories, some are lower than others.

Just because a vegetable is low in calories is not an excuse to put butter or cheese on it, or to cook it with bacon. An essential part of keeping vegetables low calorie is to eat them raw, steamed, or boiled.

Low calorie vegetables include watercress, lettuce, cucumber, sprouts, and napa cabbage. Below are 20 vegetables lowest in calories, for more, see the extended list of less common low calorie vegetables. For more low calorie foods, see the article on foods low in calories.


#1: Watercress
4 calories in 1 cup, chopped (34g)
11 calories in 100 grams

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#2: Butterhead Lettuce (Boston, bibb, etc...)
7 calories in 1 cup, shredded or chopped (55g)
21 calories in 1 head (5" dia) (163g)
13 calories in 100 grams
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#3: Cucumbers
8 calories in 1/2 cup slices (52g)
45 calories in 1 cucumber (8-1/4") (301g)
15 calories in 100 grams
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#4: Alfalfa Sprouts
8 calories in 1 cup (33g)
23 calories in 100 grams

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#5: Napa Cabbage (Cooked)
13 calories in 1 cup (109g)
12 calories in 100 grams

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#6: Cauliflower (Cooked)
14 calories in 1/2 cup (1" pieces) (62g)
12 calories in 3 flowerets (54g)
23 calories in 100 grams
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#7: Celery
16 calories in 1 cup chopped (101g)
10 calories in 1 stalk, large (11"-12" long) (64g)
16 calories in 100 grams
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#8: Cucumber Dill Pickles (Unsweetened and Low Sodium)
17 calories in 1 cup (about 23 slices) (155g)
15 calories in 1 large (4" long) (135g)
11 calories in 100 grams
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#9: Cabbage (Cooked)
17 calories in 1/2 cup, shredded (75g)
290 calories in 1 head (1262g)
23 calories in 100 grams
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#10: Summer Squash
18 calories in 1 cup, sliced (113g)
31 calories in 1 medium (196g)
16 calories in 100 grams
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#11: Okra
18 calories in 1/2 cup slices (80g)
19 calories in 8 pods (3" long) (85g)
22 calories in 100 grams
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#12: Radishes
19 calories in 1 cup slices (116g)
1 calories in 1 medium (3/4" to 1" dia) (5g)
16 calories in 100 grams
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#13: Bok Choy (Pak-Choi)
20 calories in 1 cup, shredded (170g)
12 calories in 100 grams

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#14: Asparagus cooked boiled drained
20 calories in 1/2 cup (90g)
13 calories in 4 spears (1/2" base) (60g)
22 calories in 100 grams
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#15: Broccoli (Cooked)
27 calories in 1/2 cup, chopped (78g)
63 calories in a medium stalk (~8" long) (180g)
35 calories in 100 grams
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#16: Mushrooms (White Button)
28 calories in 1 cup sliced (108g)
26 calories in 100 grams

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#17: Swiss Chard
35 calories in 1 cup, chopped (175g)20 calories in 100 grams

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#18: Spinach
41 calories in 1 cup (180g)
23 calories in (100g)

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#19: Tomatoes (Cooked)
43 calories in 1 cup (240g)
44 calories in 2 medium (246g)
18 calories in 100 grams
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#20: Pumpkin
49 calories in 1 cup, mashed (245g)
20 calories in 100 grams

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#1: Arugula
3 calories in 1/2 cup (10g)
25 calories in 100 grams
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#2: White Icicle Radishes
7 calories in 1/2 cup slices (50g)
2 calories in 1 radish (7" long) (17g)
14 calories in 100 grams
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#3: Bamboo Shoots (Cooked)
14 calories in 1 cup (1/2" slices) (120g)
17 calories in 1 shoot (144g)
12 calories in 100 grams
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#4: Chinese Broccoli
19 calories in 1 cup (88g)
22 calories in 100 grams
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#5: Taro Shoots (Cooked)
20 calories in 1 cup slices (140g)
14 calories in 100 grams
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#6: Nopales (Cooked)
22 calories in 1 cup (149g)
4 calories in 1 pad (29g)
15 calories in 100 grams
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#7: Kimchi
23 calories in 1 cup (150g)15 calories in 100 grams
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#8: Balsam-Pear (Bitter Melon)
24 calories in 1 cup (1/2" pieces) (124g)
12 calories in 1/2 cup (1/2" pieces) (62g)
19 calories in 100 grams
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#9: Wintermelon (Chinese Preserving Melon)
25 calories in 1 cup, cubes (175g)
14 calories in 100 grams
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  1. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 28.
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