Tag: portion control

Nutrition News: Fast-Food Kids, Vegetable Supply, Plate Size Matters

by in Food News, September 25, 2015

Frightening fast-food facts
If you think America has been easing off its love affair with fast food, a new CDC report offers bracing news: On any given day, according to the study, more than one-third (34.3 percent) of all U.S. kids and teens (ages 2 to 19) scarf down some kind of fast food — a number that has remained relatively stable over the past 15 years, despite our cultural push for more healthful eating. And while almost 12 percent of kids and teens got fewer than 25 percent of their daily calories from fast food, nearly 11 percent of them got between 25 and 40 percent of those calories from it — and 12 percent of them gobbled up more than 40 percent of their daily calories from places that traffic largely (though of course not exclusively) in burgers, fries, sodas and the like. Gulp. Read more

Win These Portion-Control Plates!

by in Giveaway, July 31, 2013

portion control plates

Everything in moderation: You’ve heard the motto before, but how often do you still pile your plate sky-high? Take the guesswork out of portioned eating with the Slim & Sage plate. The easy-to-understand design makes it easy to eat sensibly without feeling like you’re depriving yourself. The 9-inch porcelain plate is simply designed: one-fourth of the plate for lean protein, one-fourth of the plate for whole grains and one-half of the plate for vegetables. Plus, the discreet design is perfect for both casual eating and everyday entertaining.

You can buy your own set of four Slim & Sage plates or enter in the comments for a chance to win one. Just let us know, in the comments, how you control portions. The contest starts at 10:00 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, August 2 at 5 p.m. EST.

We’re giving away one set of Slim & Sage plates to one randomly-selected commenter. You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate with you if you’re a winner.

You may only comment once to be considered and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 to win. For the first day of the giveaway, all entries (answers) must be entered between 10:00 a.m. EST on July 31 and 5 p.m. EST on August 2, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of each prize: $99. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a Food Network, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932.

So tell us, how do you control portions?

Portion Control: Use Visual Cues to Remember Serving Sizes

by in Uncategorized, February 22, 2013

apple serving size
When it comes to estimating portions, visual cues really help. Keep your serving sizes in check and make sure you enjoy enough of the good stuff, like fruits and vegetables, lean meats and dairy and whole grains.

When you’re filling your plate, picture these items to help remind you of proper serving sizes:

Protein (meat, fish, poultry, shellfish): 3 ounces
Palm of your hand (no fingers)

Grains (pasta, rice, cereal): 1 cup
Fist (with fingers tucked in)

Whole-Grain Bread, Rolls and Muffins: 1 ounce
Bread: CD/DVD case
Rolls/muffins: Racquetball
1/2 bagel: Hockey puck

Whole Medium Fruit or Cut-Up Fresh Fruit: 1 cup
Tennis ball

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Measuring Perfect Portions

by in Healthy Tips, January 12, 2009

Portion Control
Knowing proper servings is an important part of healthy eating. Just think about restaurant portions versus airplane portions. Some restaurants serve four to five times (if not more) of the amount you should be eating; airplane meals are more like it.

Foodnetwork.com has a clever slideshow that uses everyday items — baseballs, golf balls, deck of cards and a computer mouse — to help you keep things straight.

Check it out >>