Pint-sized portions

baby talks to the hand

Talk to the hand

Once you’ve made the right choice about what to eat, use your hands to figure out how much. Remember? Serving size counts. And you’ve got a measuring cup right there in the palm of your hand… and a spoon on your fingers. Here are some ways teens (and adults) can use their hands to measure portions.

  • Fist = 1 cup of fruit (2 servings) or 1 medium whole, raw fruit (1 serving)
  • Thumb = 1 ounce of cheese (about 2/3  serving calcium) or meat (about 1/2  serving protein)
  • Fingertip = Approximately 1 teaspoon (1 serving sugar)
  • Tip of Thumb = Approximately 1 tablespoon (2 servings olive oil)
  • One Cupped Hand = 1/4 cup of nuts (about 1 serving protein) or cereal (read the box!)

Try it out and see how well this works for you.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. WeightLossTeaSecrets
    Jul 05, 2013 @ 22:33:29

    It’s like you read my mind! You seem to know a lot about this,
    like you wrote the book on it or something. I think that you can
    do with some pics to drive the message home a little bit, but instead of that, this is excellent blog.

    A great read. I will definitely be back.


  2. Karen
    May 11, 2011 @ 10:29:07

    I think that’s brilliant advice! And it’s one less thing to wash up, too 🙂


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