Rome's delicious food offerings make it easy for anyone visiting to gain weight. Obviously, indulging in creamy gelato, cheesy pizza, and endless pasta dishes is delicious; however, in order to enjoy those foods without gaining too much weight, you need to mix in some healthier meals and exercise that doesn't involve walking to and from that gelato store across the street from your apartment.
Acai and Friends
This little shop is located in Rome's city center near the Spanish Steps. Acai and Friends offers a wide variety of healthy options for affordable prices. Items on the menu include grain bowls, salads and smoothies. They also offer acai bowls, and greek frozen yogurt which you can top with nuts, granola, or fruit! The owners are very welcoming and it is great place to pick up on-the-go meals.
After you've had your fill of Italian food, stop by Homebaked for some healthy American food options. Homebaked is an American bakery and restaurant in a section of Rome known as Monte Verde, right around the corner from American University of Rome. It is owned by an Italian lady and her American husband. This restaurant offers a wide assortment of fresh foods such as salads, wraps, grilled chicken and eggs. The service is very quick and from the moment you enter this place you are greeted with a smile.
Exercising as much as possible is essential to staying healthy and fit while abroad. Total Body System Gym is located in Trastevere and has affordable student deals. Students join as members on a month-to-month basis or pay to be members for the entire semester. The gym includes many treadmills, bikes, elipticals, and many weight machines. Students are also able to participate in an unlimited amount of classes such as yoga, body pump, pilates, and kickboxing.