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Thursday, January 13, 2011

8 Products to Make Measuring Serving Sizes Easier

Tips to Make Sure You Get the Proper Serving Size

#1: Measuring Cups
If you want to get the proper serving size, measuring cups are essential. Measuring cups ensure that you get an actual cup, rather than a cup and a half. When measuring serving sizes, you cannot just guess, you must use the proper tools.

#2: Scales
If you want to be even more precise, scales are the perfect product for measuring serving sizes. Scales will give you the exact weight of the item you about to eat. This is important because many snacks state that an ounce is the perfect portion. Scales will allow you to portion out exactly one ounce and not one potato chip more.

#3: Cereal Dispensers
Cereal dispensers are a great way to measure several different types of dry foods, not just cereal. While different dispensers will put out a different amount of product, with each turn, you can still use this for measuring serving sizes. Simply measure what one turn yields and then you will know how many turns will give you the portion that you need. For example, if one turn equals a half of a cup, and a serving size of your favorite cereal is a cup, simply turn the knob twice.

#4: Ziploc Snack Bags
Ziploc snack bags hold the perfect serving size for many of your favorite snacks. Filling these snack bags with dried fruit, nuts, carrot sticks, etc. ensures that you always have a snack available. Fill several snack bags and have them available at work or in your pantry without the hassle of measuring out your favorite snacks.

#5: 8 Ounce Drinking Glasses
In the morning, the last thing you want to do is measure out a serving of juice. That's why 8 ounce glasses are perfect for measuring out your favorite drinks. Because let's face it, you aren't going to measure juice out in the mornings and you'll probably overestimate if you use a larger glass. If you use an 8 ounce drinking glass you'll be getting the perfect serving of juice.

#6: Proper Dishes
Using the proper dishes is an easy way to measure out serving sizes. For example, the bowls that came with your dish set will more than likely hold a cup of cereal with milk, which is the proper serving size for many cereals.

#7: Custard Cups
Custard cups make measuring serving sizes child's play. You can find custard cups in 4oz., 6oz., and 8oz. sizes. This means you have the perfect serving dishes for snacks that have serving sizes of a half a cup, three-quarters of a cup, and a full cup. Using custard cups makes serving sizes seem larger, leaving you more satisfied with you snack.

#8: Disposable Containers
You can purchase disposable containers in several different sizes. These are perfect for measuring out meals and snacks. For example, containers that will hold one cup servings would be perfect for side dishes.

By Amy Brantley

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