Although I find it normal to indulge yourself a couple of times while on vacation, traveling in Italy doesn’t have to mean binging on pizza, pasta and ice cream! I think it’s such a pity that so many tourists go wild on white, nutrient-empty carbs in a country that offers so many fabulous fruits and vegetables.
Here are a few examples of foods I spotted during my last vacation in Italy:
– Lots of fresh fruits available everywhere. They can be quite expensive and low-quality when bought at road side stalls in touristic areas, but you can usually find a good farmer market selling fresh products in every Italian city center.
– Carrot-celery juice in the menu of an ice cream bar. You just have to look for the healthier options!
– Tons of different cans of tuna in the supermarket. Cheap lean protein!
– Not particularly healthy but very cute: a super-small package of tic-tac
– Huge steamed zucchinis with olive oil
– A broad choice of different kinds of whole grain pasta
– My favorite Italian dish ever: gnocchi di zucca (pumpkin dumplings)
– This is not an espresso: this is the normal size of a regular coffee. (Espresso is even smaller)
– I really liked this sugar-free coffee candy too
– Dairy-free ice cream, without regular sugar (“senza zucchero“), sweetened with fructose or a sweetener. Many ice cream shops had one or two flavors of this kind for diabetics or celiacs or both.
– Best ice cream ever: Ice cream from Grom. It is made with regular sugar and dairy but everything is organic and of extremely high quality. You really do taste the difference: for example, there is no coloring in their pistachio ice cream. The soft green color of the ice cream is due entirely to the big amount of real pistachios they use. Best ice cream I ever had. They also have dairy-free granités (frosties) that taste fabulous. www.grom.it