In Italy, summertime, like every season, is a time to enjoy family and friends, beautiful dinner tables, and fantastic food. Interestingly, these are also some of the ways in which Italians stay trim while enjoying the local life. So how can you continue to enjoy flavorful Italian food this summer and still stay fit? Easy, do it like the Italians do!
Fresh and Whole Food
True Italian cooking is made using fresh, local, and whole foods. This approach to meal preparation is truly a key to staying slim and fit. This summer, avoid processed and fast food and, instead, shop for fresh ingredients and make Italian meals from scratch – it’s easier and more satisfying than you can imagine! Check out the farmer’s markets near Brighton, CO here.
Savor each meal
In Italy, every meal is to be savored. Take the time this season to treat everything you eat as an experience, not just energy or fuel for your busy life. As a source of pleasure, you will find that eating your Italian meals slower won’t fill you up too fast or result in eating too much. Relishing your meals is good for your taste buds and your waistline!
Mix up the Pasta
One secret trick to staying slim this summer is to eat pasta…at lunchtime! Switch things up and enjoy a plate of ravioli, tortellini or spaghetti midday and eat a lighter meal for dinner. Even leftover pasta warmed with olive oil fits the bill for a delicious, midday meal. You’ll have energy for your summer days and give your body a break from digesting at night when you aren’t burning off the calories.
Family and Friends
As you consider your meals, think like an Italian and plan on having a sit-down, at-a-table meal with your family or friends. Maybe you can’t do it every day, but how about once a week? Making time to enjoy food with others allows you to slow down and enjoy conversation and catching up, in addition to tasty cuisine.
Benefits from Beauty
As you are lingering longer this summer at the table, make it a lovely environment. Whether under the veranda or at the breakfast table, pick some flowers from the garden or pull out that candle you’ve been saving and spice up your meal with some atmosphere. Creating a beautiful setting will help you cherish the moment and take pleasure in the summer!
If you’re looking for Italian meals served in a friendly way, with a great environment, and simply incredible Italian food, stop by Pinocchio’s this summer! We have an excellent selection of authentic Italian food, served just right, that will keep you healthy and happy all summer long!