Portion Size Guidelines

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    Even on Lifetime Maintenance, it's important to be able to judge portion size, especially for higher carb foods.

    How much is 1/2 cup?

    What does a 3-inch slice look like?


    These charts should help you estimate portions at a glance.


    Bread, Grains, and Pasta....................Think of

    1 one-ounce slice of bread................. An index card

    1 two-ounce piece of Italian bread....... A bar of soap

    1 three-ounce bagel.......................... A can of tuna

    1/2 cup, cereal, or pasta.................... 1/2 baseball

    1 two-ounce muffin............................. A cupcake wrapper


    Fruits and Veggies..............................Think of

    1 medium fruit or 3/4 cup cut -up fruit.... A tennis ball

    1 cup green sald................................. A fist

    1/2 cup cooked veggies...................... A scoop of ice cream


    Protein and Cheese..........................Think of

    2 tablespoons peanut butter..............Two tea bags

    3 ounce beef, chicken, or pork............A small pack of tissues or cigarettes

    1 ounce of cheese.............................A pair of dice

    1 ounce of nuts................................One Ping-Pong ball or a small child's handful


    Snacks and Desserts..........................Think of

    1 ounce of chips................................A medium-size handful

    1 three-inch piece of cake...................A small stack of business cards

    1 cup of ice cream.............................A baseball


    Measurements....................................Think of

    1 tablespoon.......................................A tea bag

    1 teaspoon.........................................A thimble

    1 cup................................................A fist or a baseball

    1/4 cup.............................................A large egg
     
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