Have you ever wondered how much a serving really is? One of the main ways to adjust your lifestyle and maintain your weight is to control your portion sizes. Even if you are not trying to lose weight, you should be aware of portion sizes and the amounts recommended for you. Here’s a handy way to remember the correct amounts without having to measure and weigh the food every time
Post a copy of the portion sizes in your kitchen for easy reference, and take one with you for proper portion sizes on the go.
One serving of rice and pasta is the size of a baseball. A serving of salad dressing, mayonnaise or peanut butter is tip of the thumb from the end of the nail to the first joint. One serving of cheese are four stacked dice or a standard matchbox. A serving of nuts, pretzels or raisins, the amount you can hold in a cupped hand.
A serving of meat is the size of a deck. One serving of fruit is about the size of a small fist. One serving of potatoes is the size of a mouse. One serving of bagels is the size of a hockey puck. One serving of pancakes are the size of a compact disc.
Tips and Warnings
Restaurants tend to serve extra large portions. Whether eating out, take half of your meal home with you.