Health & Fitness
Did you know that when we serve food on large plates we eat more than if we served on smaller plates?
In the 1920s a dinner plate was the size of today’s salad plate. In the 1990s dinner plates went from 10 inches to 12 inches. Serving sizes increased too.
Using smaller salad plates for dinner is an easy way to eat less. The trick is not to pile on the food vertically or have seconds. The smaller serving size tricks our brains and makes us feel full.
We need to think about portions. A portion is a specific amount of food- such as a teaspoon, a cup or an amount of ounces.
When Bill makes breakfast for me he knows the portions … a half a cup of cottage cheese, a cup of yogurt, or one egg. He begins with my basic portion and then adds fruits or vegetables to make a whimsical plate.
It’s not always so easy to weigh or measure portions, especially when we’re not at home.
Weight Watchers and The National Health, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and other organizations have created ways to help us visualize portions of various foods.
Our hands are great tools to help us eyeball serving sizes.
Our fist is the size of a cup of fruit for one serving, a cup of pasta or a cup of cereal flakes.
Our palm (minus the fingers) or a deck of cards equals three ounces of meat, fish, or poultry.
The thumb (tip to base) is the size of one ounce of meat or cheese
A cupped hand equals one to two ounces of nuts or pretzels.
A baseball as a unit of measurement?
A half a baseball is like a ½ cup of ice cream.
A whole baseball is the serving size of a baked potato. Forget the football-sized potatoes.
To help estimate and visualize portions, You can download a chart from the NHBLI.
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