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Size Does Matter: Portion Sizes Made Easy

I don't know about you, but I get confused with how much of what is what when it comes to serving sizes. I can read the labels just fine, but when it comes to visualizing how much 3 ounces of fish is, I have a hard time doing it.

Luckily has come up with this handy dandy way to visualize portion sizes:

  • Woman's fist or baseball - a serving of vegetables or fruit is about the size of your fist
  • A rounded handful - about one half cup cooked or raw veggies or cut fruit, a piece of fruit, or ½ cup of cooked rice or pasta - this is a good measure for a snack serving, such as chips or pretzels
  • Deck of cards - a serving of meat, fish or poultry or the palm of your hand (don't count your fingers!) - for example, one chicken breast, 1/4 pound hamburger patty or a medium pork chop
  • Golf ball or large egg - one quarter cup of dried fruit or nuts
  • Tennis ball - about one half cup of ice cream
  • Computer mouse - about the size of a small baked potato
  • Compact disc - about the size of one serving of pancake or small waffle
  • Thumb tip - about one teaspoon of peanut butter
  • Six dice - a serving of cheese
  • Check book - a serving of fish (approximately 3 oz.)


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scratch5 scratch5 10 years
Totally helpful - thanks!
sailing-chick sailing-chick 10 years
So much easier to visualise how much I should be eating - thanks heaps!
SU3 SU3 10 years
Awesome tips - very helpful when planning out portion sizes! I'm going to have to print this and place it inside my cabinet for future references!
lorioz lorioz 10 years
Great tips, it's much easier to visualize this!
asco00 asco00 10 years
I'm going to have to check that out! Looks like it has some great info.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
I love that website... Good tips, I didn't know some of these!
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