How to Measure Food Using Your Hands

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How to Measure Food Using Your Hands


Control your portions even when you don’t have measuring cups or spoons. Judge the size of your serving by using your hand.

  • ½ cup = cupped hand

Measure grains, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, beans, cooked vegetables

  • 1 cup = 2 cupped hands

Measure grains, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, beans, cooked vegetables

  • 3 ounces = open palm of hand

The perfect serving of beef, poultry, pork or fish

  • 1 teaspoon = fingertip

Butter, mustard, mayonnaise, sauces

  • 1-2 Tablespoons = thumb

Salad dressing, peanut butter, hard cheese

  • 1 cup = clinched fist

Cereal, fresh fruits, salads, casseroles

 

hand making thumbs up gesture to show thumb size

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