Eating Healthy Italian Style
It’s that time of year again. Everyone’s made New Year’s resolutions that they diligently followed for the first week or two, but as February approaches, it’s getting more and more difficult to stick to resolutions without slipping back into old habits.
Eating healthier is one of the most popular and admirable resolutions, but it gets tricky as soon as you come across your favorite unhealthy foods. As pasta lovers ourselves, we understand that passing up a plate of steaming spaghetti can feel impossible. The good news is that you can still enjoy delicious Italian food without breaking your resolution. In this blog post, we’ll cover some of the most popular suggestions for healthy and tasty Italian cuisine.
- Swap out beef for veggies or mushrooms. To many people, a pasta dish isn’t complete without beef or chicken. We know everyone loves meatballs, but there are healthier alternatives that taste just as good. For instance, consider adding an assortment of veggies to spaghetti, like green peppers, spinach, chunks of tomato, diced onions, chopped carrots, zucchini slices and peas. If you’re still not sold on an all-vegetable dish, try using vegetarian meatballs or adding egg whites or portobello mushrooms. If you’re feeling more adventurous, eggplants and chilies also make for great additions to pasta dishes.
- Add seafood for a delicious substitute. Many classic dishes are well complemented by seafood as opposed to heavy beef. Shrimp, salmon, prawns, and scallops are all great seafood for pasta dishes, with shrimp alfredo being one of the most popular (and one of our favorites).
- Add some protein with nuts. This might sound a little out-there at first, but pistachios, walnuts and almonds can all perfectly accent the right pasta dish. Pistachio pasta salad is a great place to start. Shrimp and walnuts make for a unique dish that is sure to please, and don’t forget about pine nuts!
- Substitute pasta for zucchini or spaghetti squash. This is the sneakiest item on this list, but it’s true: zucchini and spaghetti squash can be just as good as regular pasta. Zucchini is a great low-carb option and can be used as a substitute in many of your favorite recipes. Spaghetti squash is a little farther from the real thing, but it’s still delicious in it’s own right and makes for a great base for savory Italian dishes like this parmesan cheese squash and this mushroom, garlic and sage dish.
Of course, all but the strictest diets will still allow you to eat your favorite pasta dishes in moderation. More often than not, there’s no reason to give up these foods entirely. At Pierino, we make pasta that is a perfect fit for everything from healthy alternatives to traditional Italian dishes.
Great pasta is a family tradition at Pierino. We honor that tradition today by using extra eggs and premiere ingredients with our state-of-the-art production equipment to make the best pasta around. Want to learn more? Call or email us today to learn about our products and how we make pasta that’s better than the rest.