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Visual aids make 'portion sense'

Confused about what a half-cup serving of vegetables looks like? The following visual cues can help you develop good "portion" sense.

Visual Cue

Approximate Portion Size

(Food* = One FGP Serving of these Food)

a 1-cup serving is about the size of a baseball

 

About 1 cup

Food*: Green salad, frozen yogurt, medium piece of fruit, baked potato

Baseball
or Woman's Fist

   

1/2 cup  of fruit, vegetables or starches is about a large handful
Rounded Handful

 

About 1/2 cup

Food*: Cut fruit, cooked vegetables, pasta, rice

   

1/4 cup of dried fruit is about the size of an egg
Large Egg
or Golf Ball

About 1/4 cup

Food: Dried fruit* (e.g. raisins)

   

3 ounces of meat is about the size of a cassette tape
Cassette Tape

 

About 3 oz.

Food*: Meat, Poultry

   

3 ounces fish is about the size of a checkbook
Checkbook

 

About 3 oz.

Food*: Grilled Fish

 

6 dice equal about 1 1/2 ounces cheese6 dice equal about 1 1/2 ounces cheese
Six Dice

About 1 1/2 oz.

Food*: Natural cheese

*Equal to one serving from the Food Guide Pyramid for these foods.

To learn more about the Food Guide Pyramid, see http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/Fpyr/pyramid.html

 

Cues for "Tip of the Pyramid" Foods

large handful equals about 1 ounce of snack foods

Rounded Handful
Approximate Size: 1 oz
Food: Pretzels or Snack Food

   
1 die equals about 1 tsp.

1 Dice
Approximate Size: 1 tsp.
Food:. Margarine, spreads

   
thumb tip equals about  1 Tbsp.

Thumb Tip
Approximate Size: 1 Tbsp.
Food: Mayonnaise, oils, dips

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