Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Portion Distortion

According to the most recent poll, one of our biggest diet challenges is eating too much food. Here is a guide to help you size up your portions.

1 cup of cereal =The size of a fist
1 pancake=A compact disc
½ cup of cooked rice, pasta, or potato=½ of a baseball
1 slice of bread=A cassette tape

Fruits and Veggies
1 cup of salad greens=A baseball
1 medium fruit=A baseball
½ cup of raisins=A large egg

Dairy and Cheese
1 ½ oz. cheese=4 stacked dice
½ cup of ice cream=½ baseball
1 cup serving of milk, yogurt, or fresh greens=The size of a fist

Meats and Alternatives
3 oz. meat, fish, and poultry=Deck of cards
3 oz. grilled/baked fish=Checkbook
2 Tbsp. peanut butter=Ping pong ball

1 teaspoon of oil=The size of your thumb tip

This chart is courteous of AARP Eating Well

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