This Is What a Serving Size of Your Favorite Food Actually Looks Like

Navigating the health food landscape isn’t easy. Even if you’re disciplined enough to sidestep the snack aisle, you still need to watch your portion sizes. In most countries, packaged food must include the suggested serving size. That said, it’s easy to get crossed up.

Our advice? Pick up a simple kitchen scale and get in the habit of measuring out your daily portions. Don’t own a scale yet? Bookmark this article and use it as a handy reference.

Now, let’s take a closer look at some popular fav-foods and their recommended servings. Ready? Order up!

Rice

Now, if you’re using your favorite Mediterranean restaurant as your base point, you’re going to be disappointed. Rice is one of the most popular side dishes in the world. No surprise considering how easy it is to make.

That said, it’s also one of the easiest dishes to overserve. A standard serving size of cooked rice is around a ½ cup, or roughly the size of a tennis ball.

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Chicken

Lean, versatile, delicious… chicken is a dietary staple in most healthy meal plans. According to this study, the US consumes at least 8 billion chickens per year. But, just because it’s healthy doesn’t mean you can eat as much as you want! A healthy serving size of boneless chicken breast is approximately 4 ounces. For those without a scale, 4 ounces of chicken is about the size of an average smartphone.

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Olga Danylenko / Shutterstock.com

Peanut Butter

Guilty pleasure alert! Peanut butter is an absolute favorite around my house. It’s creamy, smooth, and dense, and tastes delicious on just about everything. But it’s also very high in fat, and calorie dense. A recommended serving size of peanut butter is about 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) or roughly the size of a ping pong ball.

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