Bet you didn't know you body comes equipped with a build in measuring device, but you do! Enter the hand. If you know the top five ways to use your hands to measure food servings, you no longer have to wonder how many portions you're about to eat.
Now, don't go looking over at your 6'5" husband for his huge fist size; this is an average woman's fist. So, make a fist, look at your pasta on your plate and give a rough estimate of how many servings that spaghetti is.
Got a big glass of soda in front of you and you don't know how many ounces it is? Turn your fist on its side and place next to the glass. The top of your fist measures approximately 8 ounces.
An average woman's palm is roughly the same size as a 3-4 ounce portion of beef, fish, or chicken. If this perplexes you when trying to figure out serving size, think of a deck of cards; that's approximately equal to a 4 ounce serving of meats.
If you're curious about how much peanut butter you put on that slab of bread, think of the size of your thumb. If the peanut butter is roughly equal to your WHOLE thumb, you've got approximately one ounce of protein. This hand measurement works well for cheeses too - one ounce of cheese is equal to the size of your thumb.
From the top of your index finger to your first knuckle is about one ounce or a serving size of mayonnaise, butter, or cooking oil. This portion of your finger is also roughly equivalent to a teaspoon of sugar.
A cupped palm (or 'handful') holds one serving size (one ounce) of nuts or raisins. Two handfuls is one serving of popcorn, chips or pretzels.
The above measurements using your hand are only approximate. If you're on a strict diet regime and need to measure your food, use the appropriate official measuring items such as measuring cups and spoons.
Great weight loss trick. High five!
great list. Thanks for the tips.
I wasn't aware of these measurements. Thanks for the tips on how to measure using your hands. Great job.
Great list! I hadn't heard of that rule of thumb!
This is a really helpful list! So this is how Grandma never used a measuring cup.
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