Few of us, if any, sit down to Thanksgiving dinner with a food scale in hand. Nevertheless, portion control on this day of feasting still matters. Using visual cues can certainly help keep your plate from turning into a pyramid of starch and fat.
- Turkey: A serving of meat is three ounces and looks like a deck of cards.
- Potatoes and stuffing: A typical serving size of a starch is 1/2 a cup. To keep from going overboard, visualize a tennis ball cut in half. Remember, carbs should only take up a quarter of your plate.
- Veggies: A serving of veggies is similar to a rounded handful, but veggies should take up at least half of your plate. Load up on green beans, Brussels sprouts, and squash.
- Salad: A cup of greens is considered a serving, so about the size of your hands cupped together.
- Butter: A teaspoon of butter is about the size of the tip of your thumb.
- Gravy: A tablespoon resembles the size of both a woman's thumbs.
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