Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Eat Less, Play More!

Several people believe that serving size and portion control mean the same thing. However, they are two very different concepts. They both are important, but used in different situations.
A serving size indicates the amount of food for the nutritional information that is shown. Serving sizes are specified by measurements such as tablespoons, cups, or ounces. MyPlate includes a few examples of the serving sizes that kids should eat. The serving sizes on MyPlate are different than on a Nutrition Facts label--they are smaller. Parents should follow serving sizes on MyPlate rather than a Nutrition Facts label to ensure their child isn’t overeating. A portion size is the actual amount of food on a plate and vary in size depending on the type of food. 
Here are some helpful tips to control kid’s portion control:
·      1 ounce or 1 regular slice of bread is about the size of a CD cover
·      1 cup of dry cereal is close to the size of a baseball
·      1/2 cup of ice cream is about the size of 1/2 of a baseball
Understanding what it means to be hungry will help with keeping portions under control!

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