Friday, March 11, 2011

Keep your portions in check!

    Who wants to weigh foods to practice portion control? Certainly not me!
    In order to keep your "guesstimated" portions in check (I doubt there will be a food scale handy when you sit down to eat) you can use everyday household items as a mental reference guide.
    Here are some examples of standard serving sizes:
    • Cereal (1 c.) = a baseball
    • Salad Dressing (2 Tbsp.) = a shot glass
    • Nuts (1 oz.) = a cupped palm
    • Cheese (1 oz.) = a ping-pong ball
    • Lean Sirloin Hamburger (3 oz.) = a mayo jar lid
    • Peanut Butter (1 tsp.) = one die
    • Beef (3 oz.) = a bar of soap
    • Rice (1/2 c.) = an ice cream scoop
    • Potato/Sweet Potato= a computer mouse
    • Butter (1 tsp.) = a Scrabble tile
    • Fruit (1 c.) = a tennis ball
    • Cooked Pasta (1/2 c.) = a golf ball
    • Fish (3 oz.) = a checkbook
    • Chicken (3 oz.) = a deck of playing cards

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