If you are going to enjoy these vacations by touring cities in Italy, you will surely also take advantage of the local cuisine and it will be your turn to eat in a typical restaurant in the region. To take care of the diet even while on vacation in Italy, we show you the healthiest dishes you can find there and enjoy without any fault.
To choose the best options when going for a walk in Italy, it is best to look carefully at the ingredients that each dish includes and of course, do not forget to contemplate the portions.
Thus, some typical preparations of Italy that you can enjoy on vacation are:
Appetizers and appetizers full of vegetables
The Italian antipasto or the appetizers and entrees of Italy are one of the most characteristic, being able to find options filled with fat and sodium such as cold meats and various sausages, even some much healthier and more nutritious.
The most recommended options will be those without refined flours and that include fiber, vitamins, and minerals, as well as proteins to easily satisfy the body.
Thus, some appetizers and starters recommended being full of vegetables or fruits that offer good nutrients and a lot of volume without many calories are bruschettas, especially if you are made with whole wheat bread. For example, we can taste some bruschettas a la Caprese, with ham, arugula, and pepper armadillo, or with grapes and cheese on their cover.
A much lighter alternative but no less satiating are the carpaccios, which can be made only with vegetables such as this tomato carpaccio or this zucchini, or, based on fish or red meat that will provide complete proteins such as this beef carpaccio or this one of scallops.
Of course, among healthy entrees you can not miss salads, being able to choose from a classic Caprese salad to options with Italian burrata that will provide satiety, with roasted peppers or with mozzarella.
Strong dishes with Italian flavor
In Italy, pasta and rice-based dishes, as well as pizza, are very frequent, and most of them are rich in refined flours that can harm your health.
Therefore, we will choose pasta dishes or brown rice if any, or in its place preparations with a variety of fruits, vegetables and lean proteins that will help reduce the glycemic index of the flours and provide more satiety to the body.
Thus, we can opt for a lasagna of several vegetables or with some vegetables in particular such as broccoli lasagna. They are also good choices of pasta with vegetables, the whole risotto, whole wheat pasta with roasted peppers and tapenade, gnocchi or gnocchi served with various vegetables or pasta accompanied by fish and vegetables like this with tuna also fiber and protein provides healthy fats to the organism.
Among the pizzas, we will choose those with the greatest variety of vegetables on their deck as well as with fish or another source of quality protein. For example, pizzas with salmon and arugula, with peppers or various vegetables.
Strong protein-based dishes
although they are not the most typical, in any Italian restaurant we can also find dishes based on various fish, as well as red meat or poultry.
Those based on fish and lean meats and even healthier will always be better alternatives if they are accompanied by vegetables.
For example, we can opt for a Caprese chicken, a golden brown Marseille full of proteins and healthy fats, or some Italian mussels.
All the meat we recommend can be accompanied by roasted vegetables or salads if we want even more nutrients and satiety at the table.
Healthy drinks and desserts in Italy
Among the drinks, as we always say, we recommend avoiding those with alcohol and free sugar inside, as both ingredients should be reduced to a maximum in a healthy diet.
Thus, we recommend choosing water as your usual drink or water naturally flavored by herbs, fruits or vegetables.
Regarding desserts, in some Italian restaurants, we can obtain some reduced sugar and fat preparation such as a panna cotta light or a false tiramisu. Otherwise, we recommend choosing fruit-based dishes such as fruit salad or salads with various fruits.
These are the healthiest dishes you can find if you are on vacation in Italy and they will help you take care of your diet while you rest and go sightseeing.