Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Know Your Portion Sizes!

Ok so we all probably read labels to see the nutritional content of our foods- right? But do we actually weigh or measure it once we've bought it? Some do, but many don't. Heres a handy chart that you can use to help keep your portions in check:

  • A baseball or size of your fist- would be one serving of vegetables or fruit
  • Tennis ball- measures to about ½ cup of food (for example, ½ cup ice cream)
  • Golf ball or large egg- is about a ¼ cup of dried fruit or nuts
  • Six dice or one domino- would equal one serving of cheese
  • Deck of cards or the palm of your hand- equivalent to a serving of meat, fish or poultry
  • Tip of your thumb- about one-teaspoon of peanut butter
  • Computer mouse- one serving of a baked potato
  • CD (compact disc)- equals the serving size of a waffle of pancake
  • Check book- equals a 3 oz. serving of fish
  • A rounded handful- about one half cup cooked or raw veggies or cut fruit, a piece of fruit, or ½ cup of cooked rice or pasta

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  1. These are great. The one that always gets me is the computer mouse for the baked potato. The baked potatoes you get in restaurants are about 2-3 servings worth of potato.

  2. youre right they are! And then they top them w/ cheese, sour cream, butter, bacon, etc LOL! Kind of defeats the bene's of the vegetable :)



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