Portions, Portions, Portions
While *what* you eat is important, *how much* you eat is equally important. Aramark Registered Dietitian Kelley Magowan is here to explain the ins and outs of proper portioning and how you can use it to make your diet well-balanced.
Cards: A Hack of a Deal
Doling out the right amount of food is easy when you have a measuring cup or scale on hand, but it can be trickier when you’re at a party or grabbing lunch at a buffet. Kelley’s favorite hack is comparing food portions to everyday objects. A deck of playing cards is equivalent to about three ounces of meat and a computer mouse is what you should aim for when grabbing half a cup of pasta, rice, or veggies. PERFECT PORTIONS
Labels: Read ‘Em (Don’t Weep)
Paying attention to the label can help you avoid over-eating. “Many foods that come as a single portion contain multiple servings,” Kelley cautions. For example, you might consider a three-ounce bag of chips a single portion. But, according to its Nutrition Facts label, that bag actually contains three servings of food. Remember, the correct portion and the suggested serving size are not always the same. There have even been recent changes to the Nutrition Facts labels you should know. GET THE FACTS
Recipes: Adjust Servings Without Math
Doubling recipes for a crowd, or dividing them for dinner for one? With our new recipe site, you can adjust the recipe to the exact number of servings you need, saving you from disproportionate meals (and having to do math). CHECK IT OUT
Note: Since everyone’s health history and nutritional needs are so different, please make sure that you talk with your doctor and a registered dietitian to get advice about the diet and exercise plan that‘s right for you.