Some very useful tricks to calculate portions without weighing them and always know how much food you should serve on the plate.
We talk a lot about having a balanced diet and that you have to eat everything, but there is another important point if we want to have a balanced diet and that is how much of each thing to eat. One at home can even count calories using a scale or measuring food in cups, but there are times when we do not have a scale at hand, such as when we are eating out and we have to serve ourselves from a common source.
Now at last you are going to understand a little better those recipes of your mother in which handfuls are the standard unit and why grandmother always has good food even if she has not used a scale to weigh ingredients in her life.
1 teaspoon is about the tip of your thumb
1 tablespoon, the whole thumb.
1 cup, clenched fist
Fortunately, nature, which is very wise, gives us the solution to calculate portions without weighing them at hand and never better said, because our own hand gives us the measure of what we should serve on the plate.
How to calculate servings without weighing them
Pay attention because it is very easy:
Now, how to calculate portions without weighing them when serving on the plate?
It is also very easy:
· 1 serving of meat or fish is a piece the size and thickness of the palm of your hand.
· 1 serving of salad is two clenched fists.
· 1 serving of boiled rice, cooked pasta or potatoes is a closed fist or, if it is rice or raw pasta, you just have to flex your hand into a bowl and what will fit, which is about half of the closed fist.
· 1 serving of low-fat dairy such as milk or yogurt is a closed fist.
· 1 serving of fatty dairy like cheese is your index finger or thumb and a little more.
· 1 serving of very fatty dairy such as butter is the tip of the thumb.
· 1 serving of fruit is a clenched fist, you can imagine, an apple or an orange are more or less that size.
· 1 serving of cereal is a clenched fist.
· 1 serving of bread is a thin slice the size of your outstretched hand.
And yes, I know what you are going to tell me, that each one has a hand of one size, which was the first thing I thought when years ago a doctor told me about this system, and the answer is a matter of logic, obviously a man from 2 meters tall his hand is bigger than a 1-and-a-half-meter child, but he also needs to eat a little more, so he does not fail. The measure is always in our hand.
So, if we eat out and do not want to go overboard, on the plate, a handful of carbohydrates, two salad, a thumb of oil, the "chicha" like the palm of your hand and for dessert a handful of fruit.
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