Feeling like following the recommendations for healthy eating will have you tackling a mountain of broccoli? Not sure what “1 cup” of cereal looks like (and measuring your cereal every morning won’t fit into your routine)? Heard the news that over-sized bagels pack a mean punch with calories? Here are some general guidelines for what 1 serving looks like.
Aim for 5 or more servings of fruits and veggies each day. Making ½ your plate fruits and veggies is a good way to get more of the good stuff.
Aim for making ½ your grains whole grains.
Aim for lower fat dairy options whenever possible.
Aim for leaner sources of protein and add variety with beans and fish.
Try This: Measure out 1 cup, ½ cup, or 1 ounce of some different foods into the bowls, glasses, cups, and plates you usually use to see what these portion sizes look like on them. Or serve yourself what you would typically eat or drink and then measure it out to see what your portions have been like. This will help you to be more aware of portion sizes and make healthier choices. Check out tips for managing your portion size for more suggestions.