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!
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.