Ditch the measuring spoon

May 24, 2010 at 1:37 pm Leave a comment

Ok, not really. But in case you’re in a bind, in the store reading a label, or just plain ol’ snacking and want to quickly know what a portion size looks like, here are some handy references:

*A serving of cheese is 1 oz and is about as big as 4 dice.

*A serving of rice measures 1 oz and is about as big as half a baseball (use your imagination!)

*A serving of a bagel that measures 4 ounces and is about as big as a hockey puck

*A serving of meat measures 3 oz is about as big as a deck of cards

* A serving of peanut butter (ah, my downfall!) measures 2 Tbsp and is about as big as a ping-pong ball

*A serving of pasta measures 2 cup is about as big as a tennis ball.

And if that isn’t good enough, try these hints:

*Thumb tip (tip of finger to 1st knuckle)= 1 tsp

*Thumb (tip of finger to 2nd knuckle)= 1 Tbsp

*Palm= 3 oz

*Tight fist/one open hand: 1/2 cup or 4 oz liquid

*2 hands cupped together = 1 cup

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