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Your Serving Sizes Should Look Like This

By Crystal Mejia
Posted On May 26, 2016
Your Serving Sizes Should Look Like This

Who has time to measure portions when there’s a big juicy steak staring right at you? Or when you’re throwing all the food rules away and stuffing your face at all-you-can-eat buffets? Some of us don’t mind forgetting to chew and swallowing our food whole. But on the other hand, some are looking into weight loss and diet plans or even just clean eating. Paying attention to what you eat and how much is the first step to take towards any of these goals. Becoming knowledgeable about serving sizes helps maintain a balanced diet with the right amount of calories, fats, protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals in one sitting. Follow the recommended serving sizes and consume the nutrition you need to sustain a healthy lifestyle.

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    Grains

  • 1 Slice Bread (Size of CD Case)
  • 1 Pancake (size of a CD)
  • 1/2 Bagel (Size of a Hockey Puck)
  • 1 Cup Cereal (Size of a Fist)
  • 1/2 Cooked Grain or Pasta (Cupcake Wrapper Full)

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Vegetables

  • 1/2 Cup of Cut Up Veggies (Lightbulb)
  • 3/4 Cup of 100 Percent Vegetable Juice (Small Styrofoam Cup)
  • 1 Cup Leafy Greens (Size of a Baseball)
  • 1 Baked Potato (Size of a Fist)

Fruits

  • 1 Piece of Fruit (Size of a Tennis Ball)
  • 1/2 Cup of Cut Up Fruit (Size of Seven Cotton Balls)
  • 1/4 Cup of Dried Fruit
  • 3/4 Cup of 100 Percent Fruit Juice

 Dairy

  • 1 Cup Milk or Yogurt
  • 1 oz. of Cheese (Size of One Thumb)pizap.com14642951484681

Meats/ Protein

  • 3 oz. Meat, Chicken, or Fish (Palm Of Hand)
  • 2 Tablespoons of Peanut Butter (Size of Ping Pong)
  • 1 Egg
  • ½ Cup Dry Beans (Size of a Hockey Puck)
  • 1/3 Cup Nuts

Fats, Oils, and Sweets Group

  • 1/2 ice cream, cottage cheese, or pudding (Size of a Hockey Puck)
  • 1 Teaspoon of Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons of Salad Dressing

 

The more you practice serving yourself according to these recommended portions, the quicker it’ll become second nature. Happy Great Health!

 

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