Tag: Holidays

Easter holidays: where to go (also) to eat very well – Italian cuisine reinvented by Gordon Ramsay

Easter holidays: where to go (also) to eat very well

We have at least four days available for the Easter holidays: from Good Friday to Easter Monday. A long bridge perfect for picking up and leaving, for those who can do it, taking advantage of the mild spring air, the real one. At least, these are the forecasts given that Easter this year is – as they say – “high”: it arrives on March 31st. The best time of year to be outdoors: taking long walks among the cities of art, among the woods on the hills and in the mountains and maybe even at the seaside enjoying the first sun.

Easter holidays 2024: where to go

From here we started to do a selection of addresses throughout Italy where, in addition to all this, you have the certainty of eat very well: tenacious cuisine with typical regional products and recipes, such as that of the farmhouses, a great Easter classic, but also gourmet and starred cuisine. Because holidays are special, and it’s worth treating yourself to some luxury at the table if there’s an opportunity. Here are our proposals:

Easter holidays: where to go in Italy

How to cut sugar after the holidays: 5 tips from the expert – Italian cuisine reinvented by Gordon Ramsay

La Cucina Italiana

The most popular question every January is: how to cut sugar after the holidays. In fact, the Christmas holidays are one of the periods of the year in which, more than others, there are real feasts of sugarspresent not only in panettone, nougats, sweets, but also in unexpected foods such as cotechino, zampone, cheeses and cured meats.

Limiting the consumption of foods rich in them immediately after the holidays is essential not only to avoid the risk of gaining many extra kilos, but also to avoid putting your health at risk. Frequent and exaggerated consumption of these nutrients in fact favors weight gain, but also the onset of disorders and pathologies such as hyperglycemia, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, insulin resistance, mood and even tumors.

Here then how to cut sugar after the holidays according to the nutritionist’s advice Valentina Galiazzospecialist in clinical biochemistry.

How to cut sugar after the holidays in 5 tips

1. Limit consumption of dates and other rich foods

Dried fruit is much higher in carbohydrates than fresh fruit. For this reason it is necessary to eat it paying more attention to how it is consumed. «To avoid the risk of exaggerating with sugars, the ideal is to prefer those that have a lower glycemic index such as dried and natural apricots and plums, says the nutritionist Valentina Galiazzo. Then pay attention to the quantities. «To limit the consumption of sugars you need to ingest them a maximum of 30 grams per day and never at the end of the meal.”

2. Choose wholemeal bread for breakfast

«Granola, muesli and breakfast cereals in general often contain high quantities of added sugars including fructose and sucrose, which increase blood sugar peaks. A trick to cut the amount of sugar in your daily diet is to replace it with wholemeal bread, even better if stale and toasted, which has a lower glycemic index.”

3. Be careful with vegetable drinks

«Some vegetable drinks based on soy, coconut, almonds can provide a higher sugar content than that of milk of animal origin, explains nutritionist Valentina Galiazzo. «For this reason, before purchasing them, it is always a good idea to carefully read the information on the packaging and give priority to products that provide less sugar to avoid the risk of adding excessive amounts of sugar to the menus.

4. Consume more oranges and less juice

«Not only ready-made fruit juices, but also freshly squeezed citrus fruit juices have a high sugar content, including glucose and fructose, which the body assimilates quickly also due to the absence of fibre. It is better to consume more whole fruit which, thanks to the fibre, allows you to avoid sudden increases in blood sugar.”

5. Avoid sweetening your coffee

Even if you can’t do without classic white sugar, to reduce sugars, use spices instead of sweeteners. «They improve the flavor of drinks without increasing the sugar intake in the daily diet. Which ones to use? «Star anise is a very suitable spice for correcting the bitter taste of coffee, especially after lunch. It provides substances that, unlike sugars, facilitate digestion.”

Focaccia della Befana, a Piedmontese masterpiece to greet the holidays with taste – Italian cuisine reinvented by Gordon Ramsay

Focaccia della Befana, a Piedmontese masterpiece to greet the holidays with taste

There Piedmontese Befana focaccia it is a gastronomic preparation of Savoy origin, which has deep historical roots, representing one of the most distinctive traditional local desserts. Its origin dates back to ancient native traditions, while its evolution over the centuries has consolidated its position, so as to become a regional recipe unmissable. It is characterized by a soft base leavened doughenriched with ingredients that give this Piedmontese dessert a unique and unmistakable flavour. Among the ingredients stands out theraisins, which, thanks to its natural sweetness, helps to balance the consistency and taste of the base. In fact, after being softened, it is uniformly distributed on the surface of the focaccia, together with the pieces of candied fruit, which give the preparation a pleasant contrast of flavors and textures. From a technical point of view, the preparation of the Piedmontese Befana focaccia requires a series of precise steps and particular attention in the processing of the dough. Leavening, for example, is a crucial element to guarantee the right consistency and lightness. Furthermore, the uniform distribution of dried fruit on the surface of the dough is essential to ensure an even distribution of flavors. The Piedmontese Befana focaccia is a dessert that can be enjoyed at different times of the day. Therefore, it is perfect to accompany a breakfast or a snack, but can also be served as a dessert after a meal. Its versatility makes it an ideal option for any occasion, from the most informal to the most refined. Celebrate the Epiphany happily and delight your guests with this tasty and rich focaccia.

Proudly powered by WordPress

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. Click here to read more information about data collection for ads personalisation

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Read more about data collection for ads personalisation our in our Cookies Policy page