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Easy Ways to Remember Portion Sizes

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As we entered the school doors to kick-off another school year, it was hard not to miss it. Every kid in my daughter's first grade class had grown at least a few inches over the summer. Chatting with other moms, it seems all of our children had three things in mind during their vacations: growing, playing, and eating.

Sure, growing kids need more food, but doctors and professional nutritionists will tell you that doesn't mean piling gigantic mounds of food onto their plates. We still need to dole out a proper portion size. Not only is it important so we know how much they are eating, it also teaches them -- in this era of mega-sized portions and "bigger is better" mantras -- an awareness of what the right serving size looks like.

I've found it's so easy to get off track with this element of dinner prep. I can't remember what four ounces of meat looks like, and I definitely don't have time to break out the food scale to weigh each chicken breast. That's why I love those measurement guides that give you an everyday item to guesstimate a proper portion. Not only is it easy for me to use, Kiddo can use it too. We've been playing the "What is equal to what?" game lately, re-enforcing good serving size habits for her and me. Here's the main list I have tacked on the fridge:

1/4 cup of anything is about the size of a large egg

1 cup of most things is the size of a baseball

1/2 cup of cooked pasta or rice - a computer mouse

1/2 cup of beans - a light bulb

1/2 cup of veggies - an ice-scream scooper

2 tbsp of butter or peanut butter or mayo - a Ping-Pong ball

2-3 oz of fish - a checkbook

2-3 oz of meat or chicken - a deck of cards

2 oz of cheese - a mini pile of 3 dominoes

How do you remember the proper serving sizes? Share your tricks to "eyeball" that scoop or slice!

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by on Sep. 25, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Replies (21-30):
Desirae1394
by on Oct. 4, 2013 at 11:51 AM

That's. Great idea too. I need to remember that one. 

Quoting johnny4ever:

WE use a smaller plate


elasmimi
by on Oct. 4, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Great tips. I only knew about the deck of cards.

slw123
by on Oct. 4, 2013 at 12:44 PM

 I'm not good on portion sizes.  I just try to make sure everyone eats more vegetables than anything else.

virginiamama71
by on Oct. 4, 2013 at 1:20 PM

 same. than the problem is going back for seconds...LOL

Quoting josamehnny4ever:

WE use a smaller plate

 

la_bella_vita
by on Oct. 4, 2013 at 1:41 PM

 thanks for sharing!

sanj1213
by on Oct. 4, 2013 at 4:22 PM

After doing it for so long you can just eyeball it. 

sanj1213
by on Oct. 4, 2013 at 4:23 PM

I used to use my fist as reference 

MamaMandee
by on Oct. 4, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Thanks for the tips!

aneela
by on Oct. 4, 2013 at 5:27 PM

interesting way to compare sizes...if i have to measure something out i use measuring cups...otherwise i just wing it too

RobynS
by on Oct. 4, 2013 at 6:01 PM

I definitely need this on my fridge. And maybe one in my purse!

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