Tuesday, May 8, 2012

12 More Visual Portion Cues to Estimate Serving Sizes!

I just love these visual cues. They help keep me in check from serving myself too much!

Here's one my crossover gun blogger readers will like. A serving of turkey sausage is the same size as a shotgun shell!

A serving of butter ( you don't still use margarine, do you?? ) is the same size as the top joint of your thumb ( for men, this seems like a lot...I've got small hands. What if you are Lurch? )

A serving of mashed potatoes is the same size as half of an apple on your plate.

A serving of cubed cheese is the same size as 4 dice.

A serving of spaghetti and meatballs ( whole grain spaghetti and turkey meatballs, please! ) is the size of a clenched fist.

Ok, so this is ice cream. Clean Eaters don't eat ice cream. But if you did...a serving is the size of a tennis ball. No more than that!

A serving of soup is about the same size as a baseball. It's not a gigantic, bottomless bowl, no matter what the Olive Garden commercials tell you...

Veggie Dips - a difficult item to mentally picture a serving size - unless you keep in mind that the 2 tablespoon serving size has about the same volume as a golf ball.

A serving of casserole for a main meal ( ok, a lasagna is shown here. Don't get too hung up on that! ) is about the same size as 2 hockey pucks put together.

A serving of organic mozzarella balls ( bocconcini )is about the same size as a Ping-Pong ball. 

A single serving of dry pasta has the same circumference as a quarter - not a fistful of pasta!

An old rule of thumb - a serving of beef is about the same size as a pack of playing cards. 

Thank you, Mdolla.com!