You’re reaching for healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins, but that doesn’t give you license
to eat as much as you want. The calories can really add up, so watch your portions. A 1-teaspoon pour of olive oil is 40
calories, while 1 tablespoon is 120 calories. 3 ounces of chicken breast is 100 calories, but most breasts at the store are
upwards of 8-10 ounces, so you could easily be consuming an extra 150-250 calories. One-third cup of oatmeal has 100
calories, but a half cup has 150. One ounce of almonds has 165 calories; 2 ounces, 330 calories. Those differences may be
small individually, but together can add up quickly. And while putting everything into measuring cups can get old, it will
get easier to eyeball portion sizes as you go along. See what a healthy serving is so you can
make sure you’re getting the right amount of food.
Today’s Editor’s Tip:
Michelle Edelbaum, Digital Director
"I love to eat healthy foods, but portion control can be my downfall. When I notice my servings are getting a little larger
than they should be, I get myself back on track by dishing out my food using measuring cups. This helps me see what a proper
portion looks like in my bowls and on my plates and gives me a visual guide to remember for next time."
Measure out your dinner tonight, with either measuring cups or a food scale
(Use this hand
to estimate portion sizes in a pinch). You might be surprised with what’s on your plate. Still hungry? Fill up on