Portion Sizes and Portion Control Tips

While it used to be a standard for eyeballing portions of things like meat, many folks don’t know what a deck of cards look like! We are giving the old-school portion tips an update.

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Smart View of Protein

A 4-ounce portion of meat, fish or poultry stacks up to the size of an average smartphone.

Thumbs Up for Cheese

Use your thumb to measure 1-ounce portions of cheese. This is also a decent way to approximate 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of nut butter.

Sweet Tooth?

A tip for the chocoholics: Keep portions of chocolate to about 1 ounce (which is about 150 calories). That’s comparable to the size of a container of dental floss. 

Hit Up Some Fruit

A small piece of fruit, such as an apple, peach or orange, is about 60 calories and the size of a tennis ball.

An Egg-cellent Way to Measure a Crunchy Snack

Trying to estimate what 1/4 cup looks like when measuring out a portion of trail mix or nuts? Use an egg!

Salad Shooter

About 2 tablespoons of salad dressing is equal to the volume of a standard shot glass. 

Shoot for a Sensibly Sized Muffin

Despite what you find at many coffee shops, muffins shouldn’t be the size of your head! Homemade versions are typically more sensible; aim for the size of a hockey puck. 

Bright Idea

While styles of many bulbs are changing, everyone can picture this classic shape — this is about the size of 1/2 cup of cooked rice or vegetables. 

Grab for Some Chips

How many chips or pretzels are in a 1-ounce portion of your favorite snack food? Two handfuls are about it.