Good news for all of you “new year, new me” folks out there, especially if those resolutions relate to nutrition – the Mediterranean Diet has been awarded 2019’s best overall diet in an analysis of 41 eating plans. That means you can enjoy a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans and seeds, plus lots of extra virgin olive oil, with the added benefit of lowered risk of diabetes, high cholesterol, depression, breast cancer, and other ailments. If you’re eating light the Italian way this new year, La Famiglia in Reno can help!
The Mediterranean Diet – A Recap
We wrote about this satisfying way of eating before, but this new designation really highlights its many benefits. In addition to the decreased risks outlined above, mediterranean fare has been associated with stronger bones, longer lifespan, healthier hearts, and weight loss. The secret is likely not simply the food itself, which is light on dairy, eggs, and poultry, and quite low in meat. Instead, it’s a lifestyle approach that celebrates long, lingering meals with family and friends, lots of socializing, mindful enjoyment of your favorite dishes, and focused movement and exercise.
We love every part of the description, and here at La Famiglia, we’re helping you eat light the Italian way. You can always ask your server for recommendations, but keep these selections and tips in mind if you’re just looking to keep it light.
- Opt for fresh seafood like the mussels, clams, scampi, scallops and control portion size by ordering off the appetizer menu
- Try fresh vegetable dishes like our grilled artichoke hearts and eggplant parmesan
- Enjoy any of our salads or our vegetable soup and ciuppino
- Try chicken and veal dishes, including the piccata, marsala, and saltimbocca
Any of our pasta dishes can be swapped for spaghetti squash, which means you can enjoy all the flavor of our sauces with fewer calories and extra nutrients.
If you’re changing your diet in 2019, there’s no need to cut out Italian food completely. Learn more about the Mediterranean diet and let La Famiglia help you make lighter, healthier choices!