It sounds so simple: Don’t eat or drink too much! But looks can be deceiving. It’s easy to eat or drink more than you planned to. You can leave that mistake behind when you start to recognize a true serving size. HINT: It’s often smaller that you think it should be!
WHAT IS A PORTION SIZE?
Instead of trying to memorize lists of ounces, cups and tablespoons, simply compare the serving size to familiar things. For example, a single serving of:
- Vegetables or fruit is about the size of your fist
- Pasta is about the size of one scoop of ice cream
- Meat, fish, or poultry is the size of a deck of cards or the size of your palm (minus the fingers)
- Snacks such as pretzels and chips are about the size of a cupped handful.
- Apple is the size of a baseball.
- Potato is the size of a computer mouse.
- Bagel is the size of a hockey puck.
- Pancake is the size of a CD.
- Steamed rice is the size of a cupcake wrapper.
- Cheese is the size of a pair of dice or the size of your whole thumb (from the tip to the base).
The best way to determine the amount of food in a serving is to look at the Nutritional Facts label and measure it!