Another Way of Looking at It…

I found this nifty plate online that helps you envision what your food portions should look like based on every day items like a computer mouse or a deck of cards.

The perfect portion EVERY time :)

Also, I found these tips to help you measure your food when you don’t have your measuring cups/spoons handy.

The Grain Group
1/2 cooked cup rice —- tennis ball
1 pancake (1 ounce or 5″) —- compact disc (CD)
1 piece of cornbread (2 ounces) —- bar of soap
1 slice of bread (1 ounce) —- audiocassette tape
1 cup of pasta/spaghetti (2 ounces) —- a fist
1 cup of cereal flakes (1 ounce) —- a fist

The Vegetable Group
1 cup green salad —- baseball or a fist
1 medium baked potato (1 cup) —- computer mouse or a fist
1/2 cup cooked broccoli —- light bulb
1/2 cup serving —- 6 asparagus spears; 7 or 8 baby carrots; 1 ear of corn on the cob

The Fruit Group
1/2 cup of grapes (15 grapes) —- light bulb
1/2 cup of fresh fruit —- 7 cotton balls
1 medium size fruit —- tennis ball or a fist
1 cup of cut-up fruit —- baseball or a fist
1/4 cup raisins —- large egg

The Milk Group
1 1/2 ounces hard cheese —- 9-volt battery or your index and middle fingers
1 ounce of processed cheese —- your thumb
1 cup of ice cream —- baseball

The Meat and Beans Group
2 tablespoons peanut butter (= 2 oz. meat) —- ping-pong ball
1 teaspoon peanut butter (= 1/3 oz. meat) —- fingertip
1 tablespoon peanut butter (= 1 oz. meat) —- thumb tip
3 ounces grilled/baked fish or chicken —- checkbook
3 ounces cooked meat, fish, poultry —- your palm, a deck or cards or a cassette tape

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