Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Pick Your Portion Sizes
Is it tricky to visualize the recommended amounts of foods from the five MyPlate food groups or determine how much food from each food group you should eat? To help you determine the appropriate amount of food specifically for you, MyPlate.gov allows you to personalize your eating plan based on your age, sex, and daily level of physical activity. The recommended amounts are given in cups or ounces according to each food group. Unfortunately, there is not always time or resources for using measuring cups or food scales to help you accurately measure your food. To help you picture these amounts, you can use common household objects for comparison. This process can help you learn to recognize what the right amounts of foods for a healthier you really are—and before you know it, picking sensible portion sizes will have become second nature.
Picture your portion sizes as specific objects:
1 cup of dry cereal, fruit, pasta, chopped vegetables = a baseball.
1/2 cup of cooked rice, pasta, cereal, chopped fruit or vegetables - a small computer mouse.
1 1/2 ounces hard cheese = 4 stacked dice.
3 ounces of meat, fish or poultry - a deck of cards.
1 teaspoon of margarine = one die.
2 Tablespoons of peanut butter - a golf ball.