Italian food is one of American’s favorites – creamy sauces, pasta, bread, wine, cheese, and olive oil – it’s soothing, delicious, ever-so-satisfying. But if you’re watching your waistline and counting calories, going out to eat at an Italian restaurant can be dangerous. Sometimes it can feel like even one look at a breadstick and you’ve gained five pounds. But don’t be discouraged, there are ways to eat healthy and get your fill of pasta.
At Dalia’s pizza, saying that we love Italian food would be an understatement. But we get it, it’s not always the most health-conscious food. But we’re committed to giving our West Covina customers the best possible Italian experience. Along with our authentic pizzas made with the freshest ingredients, we also offer gluten-free and vegan options. Eating healthy has never been easier when you choose Dalia’s.
Tips For Eating Healthy at an Italian Restaurant
Watch Out For Appetizers
If you’re going to a restaurant that offers a basket of bread right when you sit down, it is okay to indulge in some bread, but choose to dip it in olive oil rather than slathering butter on top. Olive oil is a healthier fat than butter. And if you’re ordering an appetizer, choosing a breaded or fried vegetable is a better choice than mozzarella sticks, French fries, or breadsticks.
Avoid Heavy, Cream-Based Entrees
Italian pastas are known for cream-based sauces, dishes like chicken alfredo and carbonara. And even though they can be incredibly tempting, each bite is filled with calories. Instead, choose a dish that is made with a red sauce or one that simply uses olive oil and sprinkled with parmesan, such angel hair pasta or shrimp scampi. Dishes like chicken parmigiana, spaghetti, or ravioli can have red sauces, but these often have layers of mozzarella cheese or contain other cheeses like provolone or fontina, which can be unhealthy.
Even though chicken is one of the more healthy protein choices, if you have the option to add a protein to a pasta dish, choose fish. Fish like salmon or seafood choices like shrimp, scallops, calamari, or lobster contain healthy fats that are good for the body. If there aren’t any fish options, ask the restaurant if they can add steamed veggies to the dish for a helping of nutrients.
Be Conscious of Pizza Toppings
A go-to Italian food is pizza, which isn’t typically a healthy food, but it can be better than others with the right toppings. Rather than sausage, pepperoni, or pizzas with cream sauces, choose veggie toppings like zucchini, mushrooms, artichokes, bell peppers, and olives. Even though you’re eating carbs and cheese, you can at least get some healthy vegetables into the meal. At Dalia’s, you can even avoid the carbs and choose gluten-free pizza.
Ask For a Half Order of Pasta or a Side of Veggies
If you simply have to have an alfredo pasta, ask if they can do a half order and get a side salad or a side of veggies. This way you can get your fill of delicious pasta, but you can feel good about going with a healthy side option.
Eating at an Italian restaurant doesn’t need to be stressful if you’re watching what you eat. And Dalia’s has made sure that we can satisfy your cravings while giving you plenty of healthy options. Visit our menu, and order take-out or delivery tonight!