Today’s weekly nutrition tip is to Eat Correct Portion Sizes.
What is a portion size?
A portion size is a nonstandard, subjective amount of food. Portion sizes can literally be any amount of food that a person puts on his or her plate for one sitting. It can be more or less than one serving.
What is a serving size?
A serving size is a calculated, standard, evidenced-based recommendation of the amount of food that should be placed on a person’s plate in one sitting.
Portions are always correct when they are based on serving sizes.
Meat: 3 ounces (~Size of a Deck of Cards)
Fish: 3 ounces (~Size of a Checkbook)
Cheese: 1 ½ ounces (~Size of 3 stacked dice)
Fresh Fruit: 1 cup (~Size of a Baseball)
Cooked Vegetables: ½ cup (~Size of a Light Bulb)
Peanut Butter: 2 tablespoons (~ Size of a Ping pong ball)
Butter/Margarine: 1 tablespoon (~Size of a Poker Chip)
Pasta: ½ cup (~Size of a Light Bulb)
When in doubt, check the Nutrition Facts Label for correct serving sizes!