Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Picture This

We all know that eating less means fewer calories, and that how much we eat can be as important as what we eat. We also know in our big world that the “bigger is better” concept results in overflowing plates of food in many restaurants, and with oversized portions and all-you-can-eat buffets, it’s easy to eat too much.

We’ve posted portion control hints before, but these from AARP are really easy to visualize.

So, what should your plate look like? Following are just a few recommended portions and how to visualize them.

  • ½ cup cooked rice, pasta or mashed potatoes: Visualize ½ of a baseball
  • 1 cup cereal: The size of a fist
  • ½ cup fruit: The size of an egg
  • 3 oz. grilled or baked fish: The size of your checkbook
  • 3 oz. meat or poultry: A deck of cards
  • 2 Tbsp. peanut butter: A Ping- pong ball
  • 1 teaspoon of oil or salad dressing: The size of a thumb tip

These are just a few ideas, but by visualizing what the serving should look like before you “dig-in,” you’ll find you might actually bite off less than you can chew.

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