food portioning is IMPORTANT.
you should learn to eyeball about how much is one serving size of any given group.
here are some basics:
- A rounded handful - one 1/2 cup vegetables or fruit, 1/2 cup of cooked rice or pasta, or a snack serving of crisps or pretzels
- Woman’s fist – another way of visualising a serving of vegetables, or one piece of whole fruit
- Small handful or golf ball – 1/4 cup of dried fruit
- A matchbox – a 1 oz serving of meat, or a serving of cheese
- Deck of cards, or the palm of your hand (excluding fingers) - a 3oz serving (recommended serving) of meat, fish or poultry, or ten chips/french fries
- Thin paperback book – a 8 oz serving of meat
- Check book - a serving of fish (approximately 3 oz)
- Tennis ball - 1/2 cup of pasta, or a serving of ice cream
- Computer mouse - a medium baked potato
- Compact disc - one serving of pancake or small waffle
- Thumb tip or one dice - one teaspoon of margarine
- A ping pong ball – two tablespoons of peanut butter
- Small milk carton – 8 oz glass of milk
- A baseball – 8 oz cup of yogurt, one cup of beans, or one cup of dry cereal
It is also a good idea to weigh some of your favorite foods, and try to remember what they look like on your plate. You will then be able to see what a 1/2 cup, or 3 oz serving looks like
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