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FEATURE FRIDAY: Portion Control


Portion control is the best way to make sure you are eating the right-sized food for your body,” says Carrie Wiatt, nutritionist and owner of Diet Designs.

Controlling how much you eat doesn’t necessarily mean, say, eating just a half cup of pasta at dinner. After all, you’re supposed to have six to 11 servings of grains per day. So if you limit yourself to one serving a meal, you won’t get enough. But it does mean being aware that your plate of spaghetti is probably about two or three servings. But the same goes for good-for-you stuff, too! Five veggies per day? No prob, once you know seven baby carrots is one serving of vegetables. No joke!

Read on for some easy guidelines for some of your fave foods…

Pasta or rice = ½ cup = tennis ball
Bagel = one ounce = hockey puck
Cooked broccoli = ½ cup = scoop of ice cream
Grapes = ½ cup = lightbulb
Apples, oranges, etc. = tennis ball
Peanut butter = 2 tablespoons = golf ball
Cooked meat, fish or poultry = 2-3 ounces = deck of cards
Cheese = 1 ½ to 2 ounces = four dice
Ice cream = ½ cup = baseball
Salad dressing = 1 tablespoon = ping pong ball
French fries = ½ cup = computer mouse

Blog About It... How do you keep your portions under wraps? Have a awesome tip to share?

1/25/2008 12:00:00 PM
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