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If You Want A Serving Of Ice Cream Or Other Indulgence, Try Using An Old Coffee

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cup (not the "mega-mugs" so common now) or other similar dish as a bowl. I have an old set of dishes where the coffee cups are 8 ounces. It's easier to estimate the appropriate portion size with smaller dishes. You can also use other non-traditional dishes/containers that hold less than today's larger plates/bowls/mugs. Goodwill and antique stores may have smaller dishes, just be sure that anything you use is LABELED SAFE FOR FOOD, so that you aren't exposed to unsafe coatings or dyes.

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Not an earth-shaking suggestion, but having a "special" container helps make smaller portions look better and helps train the eye to recognize what appropriate portion sizes look like.
- Submitted by REDPEPPERS 6/26/2011 in Healthy Eating | 3 Comments
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TPETRIE 6/26/2011 1:20:00 PM

    What a great idea. Icecream is my downfall, So I've been choosing sugarfree fudgsicles. That works for me. There are only 40 calories in a full bar and I feel like I'm getting a special treat. On occasion I have 1 scoop of icecream.;
RAYLINSTEPHENS 6/26/2011 8:44:00 PM

    You can also use the individual 1/2 cups from applesauce and even yogurt!
I have an old Burger King Garfield Glass Mug that holds 12 oz and that was a special treat!
THINAGAIN66 6/26/2011 1:34:00 PM

    I started doing this a couple of months ago with ice cream. I feel like I get a lot more than I do because the mug is full.

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