Traditional Italian culture is centered on food, family and eating meals together. This way of life offers health benefits too. Dining as a family improves your child’s intake of essential nutrients, lowers risk for obesity and fosters the parent-child relationship. Gather your family around the dinner table for an authentic Italian meal using these healthful ingredients.
Pasta is a mainstay in Italian cuisine and it’s a kid-friendly food too. Dreamfields® Pasta is made with durum semolina wheat to deliver the same taste and texture of white pasta with double the fiber per serving. Look for it in traditional shapes like Penne, Linguine, Rotini, Angel Hair, Elbows and Spaghetti.
Pasta sauce is a key ingredient in many Italian recipes, however most ready-to-use varieties contain excess sodium and added sugars. Francesco Rinaldi® ToBe™ Healthy Pasta Sauces are different. They’re made with flavorful ingredients like extra-virgin olive oil, garlic, onions, vegetables and spices and contain over one-third less sodium than other pasta sauces. Each lycopene-rich serving also supplies DHA omega-3s and a good
source of vitamin A. Try Tomato & Basil, Garden Vegetable or Garlic & Onion in this recipe for Baked Eggplant Parmesan.
The entire family can enjoy the healthfulness of purple Concord grape juice. Like red wine, Welch’s® 100% Grape Juice is made using the whole Concord grape, including the deep purple skin and seeds, for plenty of resveratrol in every sip. This powerful antioxidant helps to keep arteries clear of LDL, “bad” cholesterol, which improves blood flow and maintains healthy blood
pressure. A four-ounce glass of this no-sugar-added juice is made from more than 20 fresh grapes and counts as a full serving of fruit.
Cheeses like mozzarella, provolone, Parmesan and ricotta add a wonderful
layer of flavor to classic Italian meals. For meals on the lighter side, choose
reduced-fat varieties of cheese like Maggio® Part-Skim Ricotta Cheese. This
soft, white, creamy cow’s milk cheese has a moist and slightly grainy texture with a mild sweet taste. Use it to make savory main dishes or mouth-watering desserts.
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