Food Portions

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  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml)
    • about the size of the top half of your thumb
  • 1 medium apple = A tennis ball
  • 1 ounce (28 g)
    • approximately inch cube of cheese
    • volume of four stacked dice
    • slice of cheese is about the size of a 3 1/2 inch computer disk
    • chunk of cheese is about as thick as 2 dominoes
    • 1 handful (palm) of nuts
  • 2 ounces (57 g)
    • 1 small chicken leg or thigh
    • 1/2 cup of cottage cheese or tuna
  • 3 ounces (85 g)
    • serving of meat is about the size of a deck of playing cards (3 exchanges)
    • 1/2 of whole chicken breast
    • 1 medium pork chop
    • 1 small hamburger
    • unbreaded fish fillet
  • 1/2 cup (118 ml)
    • fruit or vegetables can fit in the palm of your hand
    • about the volume of a tennis ball
  • 1 cup (236 ml)
    • about the size of a woman's fist
    • breakfast cereal goes halfway up the side of a standard cereal bowl
    • broccoli is about the size of a light bulb


Weigh, or measure your food until you are able to estimate portions correctly. Accurately estimating food portions can be difficult if you are dieting, or hungry.


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