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In A Realistic World - June 11, 2012

Monday, June 11, 2012

Oftentimes we need some guidance about measures when we are forced to "guess-timate" what is a portion exactly. Most of us are not yet ready to lug around scales and measuring spoons in public places nor restaurants. So what's a body to do?

I stumbled across this tonight that might be of some help:

I knew some, others were new to me, and something I'll have to remember (my good eye not withstanding).

Let me know if it helps. I'm curious.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KYLAR_STERN 6/21/2012 9:45AM

    This is great. I do good estimating some thing, but haven't been able to figure out what a serving (2 tablespoons) of peanut butter would be. Since its so calorie dense, how much I put on toast makes a huge difference. Thanks!

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CANNIE50 6/18/2012 10:31PM

    I have teeny hands. I have a not so teeny appetite. Seeing this (helpful, thank you) reminder made me wish I had Shaq sized hands emoticon

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KANSASROSE67 6/16/2012 11:49PM

    Thanks for sharing these...some were new to me.


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NUMD97 6/16/2012 11:32PM

    I'm still finding some of these measures a tad suspect: Especially the thumb and index fingers for one tablespoon and one teaspoon respectively. So, I went back to do some more raw research (meaning that this is in no way scientific), and this is what I found (Personally, I liked some of the examples given. The research continues):


1 It turns out that the hand is a perfect measuring device: A closed fist is equal to one medium fruit or one cup of food. Remember this as you choose apples in the grocery store. Place your fist next to your plate of rice to help you determine if you are eating a healthy portion size.

2 Your entire thumb is equal to one ounce of cheese or meat. The next time you are faced with a cheese or deli tray at a party, simply extend your thumb and visualize how many ounces you are consuming.

3 Just your thumb tip (the tip down to the first joint), is equal to one tablespoon. A typical serving size of salad dressing is two tablespoons. Order your dressing on the side, then you can place your thumb against the dressing cup and measure how many thumb tips tall your serving is.

4 The tip of a finger is equal to one teaspoon. When deciding how much sweetener or cream to add to your coffee, looking at the tip of your index finger will guide you to not go overboard.

5 A cupped hand is equal to one to two ounces of pretzels or nuts. For many of us, estimating the potion sizes of snacks is one of the most difficult things to do. Simply fill your cupped hand (not overflowing) and measure out the perfect sized snack.

6 The palm of your hand is equal to three ounces of poultry, meat, or fish.

"Look at just the palm of your hand, not including your fingers. The next time your waiter places your dinner plate in front of you, you will be able to determine how many ounces of meat, fish, or poultry your meal contains by comparing the portion size to the palm of your hand. You may be surprised at how many palms your steak actually measures!"

"Read more: How to Calculate Food Portions Without a Scale |

Comment edited on: 6/16/2012 11:33:04 PM

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SCOOTERGIRLOZ 6/16/2012 3:49AM

    So glad I decided to browse through your older blogs. This is great! Thanks heaps.

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1CRAZYDOG 6/15/2012 8:59PM

    Wonderful information!!! Thank you.

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MISSB8604 6/15/2012 4:31PM

    Wow! Very cool, thanks a lot!

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JITZUROE 6/15/2012 4:14PM

The Tbsp and tsp measurements were HUGELY helpful for me. I NEVER knew that my hand was that useful!
Guess I have two new wonderful uses for my hands that do not require nails (since mine are still in the process of falling off. OW!).

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KYQUILTER3 6/12/2012 5:06PM

    I knew some of these, but it's nice to add to those. Thanks :D

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LISALGB 6/12/2012 1:52PM

    Very helpful, indeed!! And, it is completely portable and discreet!! Wonderful.

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PHEBESS 6/12/2012 10:29AM

    Very helpful - thank you!

(Although I do have big hands, LOL......)

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BOSS61 6/12/2012 4:58AM

    Now that indeed is quite worthwhile and thank you! Really!

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KATHRYNLP 6/11/2012 10:31PM

    This is very good.. and easy to remember. Would you mind if I aslo use it in my Blog tomorrow, so my other Sparkies can see it? Thanks for this, Nu... emoticon

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