Italian Night: Weight Loss Style
There are a lot of obstacles that come up when you are trying to lose weight. Finding time to fit in your workout definitely qualifies as an obstacle, as does the challenge of giving up your sweets. But there are some obstacles that you aren’t as prepared for. Carbohydrate consumption is regulated on just about every dietary plan, and following weight loss surgery is no exception. This means that some of the most beloved foods—like pizza and pasta—are pretty much off the menu when you are trying to lose weight. But are they, really?
There are plenty of ways that you can still enjoy the flavors of your favorite Italian style dinners without having to indulge in all of the unhealthy carbs. This means that you can enjoy the taste and appreciate the meal without going against your weight loss plan.
Here are a few ideas worth trying:
- Zucchini Pasta: Get your spiralizer ready and dive into a massive bowl of pasta by switching to zucchini. By creating zoodles, you can enjoy your favorite pasta flavors while eating what amounts to a bowl of vegetables. To keep it healthy, opt for a fresh vegetables pasta or a sugar-free tomato sauce.
- Bean Pasta: There are all sorts of bean pastas available at the store, so you can easily make this swap from your traditional pasta choice. There are several types of bean pasta that are especially popular, including black bean pasta and edamame pasta, both of which are great sources of lean protein and are low in carbohydrates.
- Cauliflower pizza: Oprah may have made this idea popular, but it has been around for a while. The easiest way to make this veggie pizza crust is with frozen riced cauliflower, but you can make it from scratch too, if you have a bit more time at your hands. Opt for low-fat cheese to keep your pizza as healthy as possible.
- Sweet potato pizza crust: While you are at it thinking of ways to keep your pizza healthier, you may want to consider opting for a sweet potato crust, which is a simple and delicious way to make your pizza healthier. Laying out slices of sweet potato will help you to build a more dense crust that is packed with flavor.
Italian food can be made healthier, as long as you stop and think about it for a bit. Try to incorporate healthy substitutions into your meal planning to keep your diet as healthy as possible as you are trying to lose weight, especially after weight loss surgery.