If you feel Italian food is full of calories what with all that ooey gooey cheese found in lasagnas and big plates of spaghetti and meatballs, you can rest assured that it is possible to enjoy the flavors of Italy without all of the added calories. Here are six healthier Italian food choices to make the next time you feel like taking your taste buds to Italy!
- It’s hard to imagine eating an Italian meal without bread. Instead of garlic bread that is generally lathered in butter, make bruschetta with fresh tomato, basil, garlic, and olive oil.
- If you want to make an antipasto plate, you should take note of what to include. You really don’t need any more than two foodstuffs to feature on an antipasto plate. After all, antipasto is what you eat “before the meal.” Little bites. There’s no reason to fill up when the entrée will follow. Consider healthy fish, mini meatballs, and vegetables.
- Craving lasagna? Opt for a vegetable lasagna instead, and only use half of the cheese measurement if you’re following a recipe.
- Make tomato pasta sauce such as marinara instead of Alfredo or Carbonara sauces. Cream sauces generally include flour, butter, and heavy cream.
- If you’re making homemade pizza, you should choose vegetable toppings instead of meat toppings. Or replace beef or pork sausage with turkey sausage.
- If you’re making an entrée that includes beef, chicken, or seafood, you should grill or broil the beef, chicken, or seafood to cut down on added calories and fats from cooking oil.
Healthier Italian cuisine doesn’t mean you have to skimp on flavor. Cook mindfully and get creative in the kitchen. Buon appetito!