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Pasta is certainly not the dish that comes to mind when you think of eating healthy. But if Giada De Laurentiis says a few simple cooking tricks can make this decadent meal a bit healthier, we're all ears.
"The key is to add more salt to the water of the pasta when it's cooking, so you're not stuck adding a lot of fat later to the pasta to make it taste good," she told MindBodyGreen. "The salt in the water gives the initial strong flavor. Without that, you will have something very lackluster or you'll be forced to add a lot of fat to it. Seasoning your food really well throughout will give you a more balanced flavor, without a bunch of unhealthy ingredients."
De Laurentiis also emphasizes the importance of portion control. "Italians don't eat big portions. We eat a little bit of everything and not a lot of anything," she adds. The chef exercises portion control at every meal, not just when eating a pasta dinner. Her go-to breakfast, for example, consists of oatmeal topped with olive oil, salt, chopped Marcona almonds, and sometimes a few mandarin oranges.
Head over to MindBodyGreen for the full interview.