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Seven Ways to Size up Your Servings

Measure food portions so you know exactly how much youíre eating. When a food scale or measuring cups arenít handy, you can still estimate your portion. Remember:

1 3 ounces of meat is about the size and thickness of a deck of playing cards or an audiotape cassette.


2 A medium apple or peach is about the size of a tennis ball.


3 1 ounce of cheese is about the size of 4 stacked dice.


4 Ĺ cup of ice cream is about the size of a racquetball or tennis ball.


5 1 cup of mashed potatoes or broccoli is about the size of your fist.


6 1 teaspoon of butter or peanut butter is about the size of the tip of your thumb.


7 1 ounce of nuts or small candies equals one handful.

= 1 oz

Adapted From National Dairy Council, Rosemont, IL 60018







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