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Today's Tip: Learn to "Eyeball" Portion Sizes

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Updated February 15, 2014

You can learn to estimate serving sizes with everyday objects! After all, who wants to weigh foods all the time? But what if you're underestimating? Unexplained weight gain could result. So how do you keep those "guesstimated" portions in check? Just think of these every day household items:

A standard serving of...

  • cereal (1 c.) = a baseball
  • salad dressing (2 Tbsp.) = a shot glass
  • nuts (1 oz.) = a cupped palm
  • cheese (1 oz.) = a ping-pong ball
  • hamburger (3 oz.) = a mayo jar lid
  • peanut butter (1 tsp.) = one die
  • beef (3 oz.) = a bar of soap
  • rice (½ c.) = an ice cream scoop
  • potato = a computer mouse
  • dinner roll = a yo-yo
  • butter (1 tsp.) = a Scrabble tile
  • fruit (1 c.) = a tennis ball
  • cooked pasta (½ c.) = a golf ball
  • fish (3 oz.) = a checkbook
  • poultry (3 oz.) = a deck of playing cards

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