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Portion sizes for meals cooked at home?
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Portion sizes for meals cooked at home?
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I've been hearing and reading a lot about how restaurants really OVER size their portions.  But, I cook a lot at home for my family and wonder if I'm OVER doing it, too.  What kinds of thin
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Portion sizes for meals cooked at home?

posted at 8/19/2011 11:45 AM CDT
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I've been hearing and reading a lot about how restaurants really OVER size their portions.  But, I cook a lot at home for my family and wonder if I'm OVER doing it, too.  What kinds of things can help me be sure about the right serving sizes?

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posted at 8/23/2011 2:26 PM CDT
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I've been hearing and reading a lot about how restaurants really OVER size their portions.  But, I cook a lot at home for my family and wonder if I'm OVER doing it, too.  What kinds of things can help me be sure about the right serving sizes?
Posted by linda.logan


Great question! Estimating portions is not as difficult as you might think. The new dietary guidance system “MyPlate” makes this task easier than ever. The first thing you need to do is to make sure your plates at home are 9-inches in diameter. Oversized plates often lead to larger portion sizes. Using MyPlate, you can easily judge the correct portion sizes of foods just by looking at your plate. Half of your plate should be filled with vegetables and fruit, one-fourth of your plate should be filled with a lean protein, one-fourth with a whole grain and pair your meal with 1 cup of low fat dairy. You can visit ChooseMyPlate.gov to learn more.

If you are looking for more detailed information, there are several online resources that can help you estimate portion sizes using everyday items. One of my favorite tools is located at http://www.webmd.com/diet/healthtool-portion-size-plate

Re: Portion sizes for meals cooked at home?

posted at 8/25/2013 8:40 AM CDT
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Wow! I didn't know I am doing the right thing with regards to plating. I am so proud of myself. 

-Rosetta

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