Everyone has heard someone say to them at one point in their life, “watch how much you put on your plate”, or “be careful of your portion size.” I use to hear this all the time.
Sometimes I still like to indulge a bit and tend to lose track of what the correct portions should be.
According to WebMD, 1/2 of your plate should be vegetables, 1/4 plate proteins and 1/4 plate starches.
WebMD also made the guidelines even more simplified. (Especially if you are new at this)
Their ‘basic guidelines’ tell us that –
- 1 Cup = a baseball
- 1/2 Cup = a lightbulb
- 1oz OR 2 tbsp = golf ball
- 1 tbsp = poker chip
- 1 slice of bread = cassette tape (hopefully you remember these)
- 3 oz chicken on meat = deck of cards
- 3 oz fish = checkbook
- 1 oz lunch meat = 1 CD
- 3oz muffin or biscuit = hockey puck
- 1 1/2 oz cheese = 3 dice
Hopefully these visuals will help you.
To see EXACT visuals of food and their correct portion size, here is an EXCELLENT source to look too.