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What Serving Sizes Look Like

What Does a Serving Size Look Like?

When it comes to maintaining a healthy weight, there is so much talk about portion size. Since we're living in the age of Super Size Me, bottomless this, and all-you-can-eat that, we've really lost sight of what an actual serving size is.

Keep on reading to see a chart showing what a serving size of most foods looks like.

Food One Serving Equals . . .
Breads, pasta, cereal, cooked grain, etc.
  • One slice of bread (size of CD case)
  • Half a bagel (size of a hockey puck)
  • One-cup cereal (two hands cupped together)
  • Half-cup cooked grain or pasta (one cupped palm)
Fruits
  • One piece of fruit (size of a tennis ball)
  • Half-cup cut-up fruit, raw, cooked, frozen, or canned (size of seven cotton balls)
  • One-quarter cup dried fruit
  • Three quarters cup 100 percent fruit juice
Veggies
  • Half cup cut up veggie, raw, cooked, frozen, or canned (looks like the bulb part of a lightbulb)
  • Half-cup cooked, canned or frozen legumes
  • One-cup leafy greens
  • Three quarters cup 100 percent vegetable juice
Meat, chicken, or fish
Dairy
  • One ounce of cheese (two nine-volt batteries)
  • Half-cup ice cream, cottage cheese, or pudding
  • One-cup milk or yogurt
Nuts
  • One-third cup (small handful)
  • One-tablespoon nut butter (size of both your thumbs)

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