Tastes of Italy: 10 Hearty Nutrisystem Italian MealsArticle posted in: Nutrisystem for Men
There’s nothing quite like a good Italian meal when it comes to satisfying a craving for comfort food. Italian meals are known for being rich, flavorful and indulgent. Unfortunately, all of those characteristics also generally means they are packed with fat and calories.
However, we firmly believe that eating healthy shouldn’t have to mean giving up flavor and indulgence which is why we’ve created healthier versions of some of the most desired Italian meals out there. From rich pastas to savory chicken dishes, we have diet-friendly Italian meals that will allow you to get your fill of Italian food without having a negative impact on your waistline.
Here are 10 Italian meals you’ve got to try:
Few dishes are more “classic Italian” than chicken parm. While this comfort food is typically too packed with fat and calories to ever be considered healthy, our version is designed for weight loss. At only 270 calories and 8 grams of fat, it’s a diet-friendly dish that will still satisfy your cravings for a savory Italian meal. It also packs in 6 grams of fiber and 14 grams of protein to help fill you up.
A decadent dish like ravioli that won’t derail your diet sounds too good to be true. But with our Ravioli Formaggio, you can have tender raviolis stuffed generously with a blend of creamy Romano and ricotta cheeses—all smothered in a delicious tomato sauce—and still stay on track. This meal is a high-protein (14 grams to be exact) and low-calorie (only 270) option that you can enjoy with zero guilt.
Stuffed generously with a delicious combination of spinach, ricotta, and Romano—and served in a hearty marinara sauce—these rich stuffed shells are full of flavor. They’re surprisingly full of protein, too. With 14 grams of protein, you’ll power up on energy without packing in tons of unnecessary calories (this low-calorie dish only has 240 calories!). It’s a dish you can feel good about eating!
Yet another decadent pasta dish that you can enjoy without any guilt. Our Four Cheese Manicotti shells are filled with ricotta, Parmesan and Romano cheeses and topped with a tangy tomato and red bell pepper sauce, then finished off with some flavor-filled mozzarella. It’s so yummy you’ll hardly believe it’s a low-calorie (only 250 calories) and high-protein (14 grams) meal. This is one of our favorite Italian meals!
This classic Italian dish combines a rich marsala sauce with hearty cremini mushrooms, tender white meat chicken, and delicious fettuccine pasta for another low-calorie (230 to be exact) and high-protein (16 grams) meal. It will fill you up while also satisfying your cravings for comfort food.
Typical Alfredo sauce—generally made with full-fat cream and oil—is absolutely loaded with fat and calories. In fact, it’s been called “worse than fast food.” However, in our version, we’ve taken that rich flavor and created a healthier version that has only 220 calories and 3.5 grams of fat—but also packs in 18 whole grams of protein! It’s a win all around for those who are looking to stay healthy while still indulging in classic comfort food.
Pizza is an all-time favorite and with our version, you can stick to your healthy eating regimen while still indulging in its ooey, gooey goodness. If meat lovers is your favorite pizza pick, this pizza will become your go-to choice. It has both spicy sausage and pepperoni on a thick crust topped with marinara sauce and plenty of mozzarella cheese. Plus, with 14 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber, you’ll fill up easily.
The unique flavor combination of real bacon and white meat chicken mixed with creamy ranch dressing makes this a favorite for many. It even features some spinach and fire-roasted tomatoes for even more flavor and goodness. With 3 grams of fiber and 19 grams of protein, it will also help you feel full and satisfied after enjoying it.
This classic Italian pizza will give you the flavors of Italy that you crave without setting your diet off track. This version features a crispy whole grain crust loaded with rich tomato sauce, delicious mozzarella, fire-roasted tomatoes and fresh basil. It’s also got enough protein (15 grams) to leave you feeling full and satisfied.
Cheesesteak on a pizza? It doesn’t get much more decadent than that. This pizza features a layer of creamy cheese sauce topped with mozzarella cheese, tender seasoned beef steak, peppers and onions. But it’s also low-calorie and high-protein (15 grams) making it a diet-friendly choice for those looking to indulge.