Is there such a thing as healthy Italian food?


I love Italian food. Pastas, garlic, onion, delicious sauces, ect. Is there any way to eat dishes like this and loose weight? I need low calorie or low fat recipies for Italian food. Anyone know any?




I once saw a program that made chicken parmesan with toasted panko breadcrumbs. You coat the chicken with the breadcrumbs and bake on a rack in the oven for a crispy fried taste with little calories. To toast the breadcrumbs use approximatley 1 cup and 1 tbl olive oil and fry till toasted. Just make sure you use little cheese and a low calorie tomato sauce.


There is alot of healthy Italian food – in fact, most Italian food is based on the Mediterranean diet, which in terms of heart disease is one of the healthiest types of diet out there! This is due in large part to the monounsaturated and polyunsaturated oils they use instead of saturated oils and trans fats like our typically American diet. Olive oil is the main oil they use, and alot of fish, and fruits and vegetables. Pasta is fine in moderation, too, especially with olive oil and veggies – meat can be used almost like a condiment, to give extra flavor, in small portions.

Walking on Sunshine

Real Italian food is very healthy – with durum semolina and rich in flavor and vegetables it is the American versions made with flour and loads of animal fats you need to shy away from. On the whole Italian foods are really great for loosing weight. Try some with fresh fish, shellfish and real semolina pasta you will get full faster and always have a soup and salad before the main course to help your digestion – for dessert have a small glass of brandy instead of cakes or cookies or a demitasse of espresso. Try northern Italian dishes and those from the coast for the best richest flavors with the least fat. Abbondanza!


salads with oil and vinegar , whole wheat pastas in small portions . tomato sauce is extremely good for you as is garlic . try the low fat guy on food network .com low carb and lovin it with George Stella
just remembered one from Alton Brown on Good Eats it’s spaghetti squash alfredo… delicious

Linday B

I make lots of “cream” pasta sauces using chicken stock and fat-free half & half. They always have garlic and onion, but the other ingredients vary. They might include a variety of sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, asparagus, roasted red peppers, a small amount of turkey or chicken Italian sausage or chopped cooked chicken, shrimp, grated parmesan or pecorino romano. Cook down to thicken if necessary or add a bit of cornstarch.

For me the sauce being low-fat offsets the calories in the pasta for that meal dieting wise. We like this so much that we almost can’t eat the high fat, ultra rich sauces in restaurants.


If you avoid the fatty cream sauces, yes. Try whole wheat pasta with marinara sauce and lots of veggies. It’s not real Italian, but you can sprinkle nutritional yeast on top for a cheesy flavor with less fat. Olive oil is a healthier fat, so use that in your cooking. Garlic and onion are very good for your blood (even if they do stink up your breath).

Avoid creamy foods and fried foods, and you should be okay.

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