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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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