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How To Keep The Calorie Count Low When Eating At An Italian Restaurant

by Peppi Hautala

Eating at an Italian restaurant is an amazing experience because it allows you to enjoy warm, rich, filling food, spend time talking to your friends and family members, and generally relax. Unfortunately, an Italian restaurant can be a minefield for those who are on a diet or are trying to cut their overall calorie intake. This could make it difficult for you to properly enjoy the experience. Here are some tips for making sure that you are able to stay on track with your calorie goals, even when you're enjoying a plate of pasta.

1. Avoid the Bread and Fill Up on Salad

Many Italian restaurants serve bread before the meal. Tell yourself that the bread is not there for you to snack on, but rather a way for guests to mop up the delicious sauces without embarrassing themselves. Try to keep your hands off the bread. Don't go to the restaurant hungry because you are going to be more tempted to eat the bread and consume meaningless calories.

To keep yourself from eating the bread, order a salad with the dressing on the side. This will give you something to do with your hands and something to eat while everyone else is eating the bread. It will also allow you to fill up on something that has less calories so that you are not as hungry for the food that has many more calories.

2. Stay Away From Cream Sauces

Next, when you are perusing the menu, go for a sauce that is flavored with garlic and herbs but is not cream-based. Cream-based sauces have more calories because of the heavy cream used to make them. Staying away from these sauces and choosing another delicious option with a lighter sauce will allow you to drastically cut the number of calories that you consume.

3. Have the Waiter Pack Up Half Your Food Before it Arrives

Finally, when you are ordering, ask your waiter to pack up half of your meal in a to-go box before it even reaches your table. This will allow you to eat a smaller portion of your food without being tempted to go over, as well as ensure that you have a delicious lunch that you can take to work with you the following day. This will also allow you to reduce the number of calories that you eat.

For more information, talk to an Italian restaurant. They will have lower-calories suggestions for you.