How do I estimate portions on the go?

Our how-to guide makes it simple

Using tools like measuring cups and food scales makes it easy to dole out perfect portions when you’re at home. But toting those tools around when you’re at a party? That isn't going to cut it.

 

You don’t need to weigh, measure, or track anything that’s on the ZeroPoint™ food list. But when you’re enjoying foods that do have SmartPoints, it makes it easier to track them if you know how much you’re eating. Take this mini-quiz to test your portioning know-how.

 

 A ¼ cup serving of store-bought guacamole (4 SmartPoints® value) looks about the same as

a) golf ball

b) your thumb, from joint to tip

c) your fingertip

 

Answer: a (Your thumb is about 1 tablespoon and your fingertip is about a teaspoon.)

 

What would a 3-oz cooked 90% lean hamburger patty (4 SmartPoints) compare to?

a) a closed fist

b) your palm

c) a tennis ball

 

Answer: b Of course, if your hands are large, downsize your portion a bit. (Options a and c are similar to a 1-cup serving.)

 A 1-oz serving of cheddar cheese (4 SmartPoints) is about the size of

a) a 9-volt battery

b) a thumb, from base to tip

c) 4 small dice

 

Answer: All of the above!
 

TOP TIP

Whenever you measure and serve yourself, take a mental snapshot: "Here's what one cup of couscous looks like. This is a teaspoon of butter." Then no matter where you're eating you'll feel more confident in your ability to eyeball the right size.