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Use Dixie Cups For Portion Control

Embrace the Dixie Cup For Portion Control

Portion control is often an exercise in willpower, something that's difficult to trust when we're looking for a satisfying snack. The 100-calorie-pack manufacturers have been capitalizing on portion-conscious shoppers and making a killing — those big boxes filled with little baggies are so pricey! Not to mention the amount of waste generated by these single servings.

Choosing a fresh snack is usually best, but when craving something that comes in a bag or box, portion control is the key to not overeating. Buy a box of Dixie cups and use them to scoop out a small snack-sized serving of cereal, pretzels, goldfish, etc.; one cup should hold just enough to fix your craving. Reuse your Dixie cup the next time you reach for a snack to cut down on the trash.


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traciepwns traciepwns 8 years
Great idea about the yogurt cups, Spectra. I'm going to have to save my yogurt cups next time and try that.
KMattes KMattes 8 years
I've been doing this for awhile just because I happened to have Dixie cups at school for the kids (I'm a teacher)...I didn't even realize I was using it as a portioning tool, but I guess I was :)
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 8 years
Awesome idea :)
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I save yogurt cups that are 8 ounces and use those for portion control...I put salsa in them and when I eat cereal as a snack or things like that.
eneriyma eneriyma 8 years
I use a small ramekin for snacks, which is a similar idea but much less wasteful (and multi-purpose, they're great for baked eggs and small souffles or for resting a tea bag or cooking utensil in). You can probably buy one small dixie cup sized dish for the price of one or two packages, and it will last much longer.
papertiger05 papertiger05 8 years
Why not just use a good old fashioned measuring cup? It's cheaper because you probably already have one in your kitchen, and better for the environment too.
almostloli almostloli 8 years
especially when those cups are well designed/decorated! :D cute cups, happy snacking! :D
kristints kristints 8 years
I have little glass dipping bowls, they're about the size of a dixie cup, I use those for portioning out my nuts and dried fruits. I used to use dixie cups and plastic bags, but this is so much less wasteful.
sandy82 sandy82 8 years
good idea!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Great idea!
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
Good idea.
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
I do this with pretzels and baby carrots at work. I hate the noise plastic bags make and don't want to distract my coworkers.
That's a great idea. Now if only I could keep myself to scooping out goldfish only once rather than four times, lol!
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