Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Italian Diet to beat those extra Carbohydrates

Its is a question of culture, for the Italians it is homemade pasta, Ravioli, Tortellini, Cappellacci; for the Americans it is Mashed Potatoes, Sweet potatoes, or the Mexican tradition of Tamales now widely adopted in Texas. The fact is we are drawn to these foods, an invisible force breaks our will and makes us eat 3 times as much as we would normally consume. These are the worse kind of calories, immediately to fat, right on the belly for the man and the hips of the woman. Ok, it only happens a couple times a year. No damage done, this diet will help burn off the excess.

Breakfast (every day): A cup of warm milk or tea with dry cookies or toast.

Lunch: Two slices of multigrain bread, a two egg omelet with vegetables, tomato salad with olive oil and vinegar.

Dinner: 80 grams of Orecchiette (pasta), bowties, or macaroni with Broccoli sautéed in Olive oil, Garlic and Peperoncino.

Lunch: 100 g of Pesto Lasagna and a Green Salad

Dinner: 60 g of wild rice with diced peppers and paprika, 50 grams shrimp, diced beets with white vinegar

Lunch: 1 piece of Bread with Tuna Mousse (made with 50 grams of tuna, 30 grams of pecorino, spring onion), thinly sliced Bulb Fennel.

Dinner: 70 grams of Penne, Bowties or other small pasta with cherry tomatoes, diced eggplant and capers sautéed in Olive Oil.

Lunch: 80 grams of Gnocchi with Saffron and 50 grams of Seafood Salad.

Dinner: 70 grams of rice with a simple tomato sauce, a hardboiled egg and carrots sautéed in Olive Oil and Lemon.

Lunch: 1 Roll or Panino with Grilled Beefsteak, Lime and Rucola

Dinner: 50 grams of Tortellini in Broth with Parmesan Cheese and a cabbage salad with Olive Oil and Vinegar

Lunch: 60 grams of Fusili or other small pasta with Curry and 30 grams of Prosciutto Crudo with steamed Asparagus

Dinner: Tuscan Ribollita with a Rosetta or Michetta (40 grams of bread), sliced artichokes with mint leaves.

Lunch: 80 grams of Ravioli di Magro with Sage, Radicchio sautéed with Olive Oil, a sprinkle of red vinegar is added once cooked.

Dinner: A Panino with Prosciutto Crudo, creamed peppers, diced eggplant, sliced Zucchine and a leaf of Indivia (Radicchio will also work).


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