Visual Cues for Serving Sizes

By: Marci Crozier Last Updated: August 6, 2011

Fruit-BasketEating foods you like, preparing them properly (low fat) and PORTION CONTROL are keys to your healthy nutrition plan. Here are a few “cues” for serving sizes to keep in mind:

  • Baseball or light bulb = 1 cup
  • Tip of thumb or half dollar = 1tsp
  • Whole thumb or silver dollar = 1 tbl
  • Tennis ball = medium piece of fruit or muffin
  • Golf ball or egg = 1/4 cup
  • Deck of Cards = 3 oz of meat
  • Checkbook = 3 oz of fish 
  • Four (4) stacked dice = 1 oz of cheese
  • Computer disc or tube of lipstick = 1 oz of meat/cheese
  • Ping Pong Ball = 2 tbls
  • Can of tuna = 1 bagel
  • Computer mouse = medium potato
  • Rounded handful = 1 oz of snack food

The more you pay attention to your portions, the easier it gets. Even portions can become habits.

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Marci-CrozierMarci Crozier was a popular contestant on NBC's The Biggest Loser - Season 11. She was the first woman in BL history to reach her goal weight while still at the BL ranch. Marci's expertise in the fitness and weight loss industry was developed during her 28 years as the General Manager of a large, regional fitness facility in Indiana. She is a highly respected, engaging motivational speaker who has inspired sales teams, business professionals, and student athletes, as well as those individuals struggling with personal fitness and weight issues. View her blog here!