How Much Is A Serving?

I have a quiz for you this morning – surprise!  When you’re done thinking of each answer, scroll down a bit and you’ll find the answers.  Ready, go! 

  1. True or False: A banana is one serving of fruit.
  2. True or False: One serving of pasta is about as big as your fist (or one cup). 
  3. True or False: Two tablespoons of nut butter is about the size of a ping pong ball.
  4. True or False: 4 ounces of meat is one serving.
  5. True or False:  2 medium slices of wheat bread is one serving. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KEEP SCROLLING….  (NO CHEATING! ;)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quiz Answers:

  1. True or False: A banana is one serving of fruit.  (False – 1/2 banana is equal to one serving of fruit)
  2. True or False: One serving of pasta is about as big as your fist (or one cup).  (True)
  3. True or False: Two tablespoons of nut butter is about the size of a ping pong ball.  (True)
  4. True or False: 4 ounces of meat is one serving.  (False – 3 ounces of meat is one serving)
  5. True or False:  2 medium slices of wheat bread is one serving.  (False – 1 medium slice of wheat bread is one serving)

 

You may be curious why I just gave you a “quiz” on serving sizes.  Many of you nutrition and health fanatics probably have a pretty good idea what the answers were, but I have found that the average person is often unaware as to what is a true serving size.  Restaurants are notorious for serving meals that are two to four times the amount of a normal, single serving.  This has resulted in our society being disillusioned as to what a true serving size actually is. 

I’m not trying to emphasize this so that you become obsessive about measuring or about the numbers, but to simply help you become more aware of how much you’re putting on your plate.  If measuring something once or twice helps you get an idea of how much one cup of cereal really looks like or how much pasta you really are putting on your plate, then by all means, try it.  Do not get caught up in measuring every little thing though.  It can become obsessive and unhealthy if you aren’t careful.  Comparing your food to a specific object is another way to determine whether your serving sizes are correct or not.

  • One serving of meat is three ounces, which is about the size of a deck of cards. 

 

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  • A one cup serving of pasta is about the size of a tennis ball.

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  • Two tablespoons is one serving of nut butter, which is about the size of a ping pong ball.

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  • A serving of cheese is one ounce, or the size of about six dice.

 

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Hopefully this will give you an idea of how many servings you are actually eating.  Sometimes you may want three servings of pasta because you are “starving” or you need to carb load for a race, and that’s okay.  I am just trying to help us all stay aware of how much food we’re actually eating in our disillusioned portion sized society.  I hope this helps you!  Have a fantastic Tuesday!

 

Questions:

  • Do you measure your food?
  • Do you have a method that helps you determine how many servings your eating?
  • What are your thoughts on the American oversized portions?
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Comments

  1. says

    I love these kinds of facts. I’ve been getting better at eyeballing my portions like a piece of chicken, cheese, nut butter, or pasta…but I don’t have any control around pasta and chips/crackers so I always measure those servings…especially cereal, I always keep a measuring cup nearby for that purpose!

    • Ashley says

      I usually measure out cereal too since it’s so hard for me to tell. Our bowls are huge too, so it’s easy for me to overestimate!

  2. says

    I used to measure everything I ate, especially when I was on Weight Watchers. It was shocking to see how much I was actually eating.
    Now I don’t measure and sometimes I know I’m eating more than a regular serving, but now I think about how hungry I truly I am and my fuel needs. Running and working out as much as I do requires more food than an average person, but I don’t want to think that I can eat however much I want because it’s unreasonable.
    I think few people nowadays have no perception of what a serving is or how many calories are in their dishes.

  3. says

    I don’t measure, but have a good idea on a serving size. The one that surprised me with the visual is cheese, yikes! I love cheese and do to my fondness, I have quit buying it unless I need for a recipe so I won’t over induldge. The other thing I have changed is not making anything but the portion sizes for a meal, no left over so I won’t be tempted for seconds!
    I think that the restaurants have changed how many eat. I see pic’ s from people eating out and their food and think wow, they get alot for their money and then my new thought process jumps in and I think wait, that is rediculous to think that way, instead I think about the nutrition, calories and portions now.

  4. says

    Oh I hate serving sizes! They can make me feel guilty and I don’t like that haha. I try not to measure things so that I don’t become obsessive over it. The only things I generally measure are when it comes to baking and cooking and it kind of needs it!. I think oversized portions can get a little out of control, but I also think that I easily eat more than any serving size and that’s what I need so it’s frustrating for me to feel like I’m eating more than I “should” if that makes sense.

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