Visual Serving Size Guides

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, BA, MS on Monday, January 22, 2018

Visual Serving Size Guides

It’s the New Year and in the spirit of eating healthy resolutions here is a list of visual serving size guides from different sources. 

What is the difference between a serving and a portion?
Some of the resources below are titled serving sizes, others are titled portion sizes. This article reminds us that a serving may be based on MyPlate (or a similar food guide) or a food label. A portion is what someone eats at one time for a meal or snack - a portion may be more or less than a serving.

**Serving size chart - English/Spanish, 2 pages (Dairy Council of California)

**Portion size guide - wallet-size also available, 1 page (WebMD)

**The secret to serving size is in your hand - 2 pages (Eat Smart Move More, NC State Cooperative Extension Service, NC Division of Public Health)

**Serving sizes - 4 pages (Veterans Administration)

**2 guides - a portion size ‘hand’ infographic, everyday items serving sizes

**Portion size guide - 2 pages (dLife)

**Visual serving size guide - 1 page (TX Center for Medical and Surgical Weight Loss)

**A handy guide to portion sizes (Walgreen’s)

**5 ways to estimate serving size (Cooking Light) - 1:38

Article originally appeares in the January 19, 2018 issue of  the SNEB eCommunicator.