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.
http://www.eatright.org/resource/food/nutrition/nutrition-facts-and-food-labels/serving-size-vs-portion-size-is-there-a-difference

Handouts
**Serving size chart - English/Spanish, 2 pages (Dairy Council of California)
https://www.healthyeating.org/Portals/0/Documents/Tip%20Sheets/Portion_Serving_Size_Chart_Eng.pdf?ver=2016-09-15-112633-477

**Portion size guide - wallet-size also available, 1 page (WebMD)
https://www.webmd.com/diet/printable/portion-control-size-guide

**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)
https://www.eatsmartmovemorenc.com/PatientEducationPackets/Texts/handportion.pdf

**Serving sizes - 4 pages (Veterans Administration)
https://www.move.va.gov/docs/NewHandouts/Nutrition/N21_ServingSizes.pdf

**2 guides - a portion size ‘hand’ infographic, everyday items serving sizes
http://blog.nudgeyourself.com/post/3-unbeatable-serving-size-guides

**Portion size guide - 2 pages (dLife)
http://dlife.com/m/newsletters/educator/Portion_Size_Guide_ERCC.pdf

**Visual serving size guide - 1 page (TX Center for Medical and Surgical Weight Loss)
http://sagebariatric.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/VisualServingSizeGuide.pdf

**A handy guide to portion sizes (Walgreen’s)
https://staywell.walgreens.com/post/168443957930/hand-guide-portion-sizes?ec=hncx94605_HEALTH2_helpinghandsgif&ep_rid=ADJ01f&ep_mid=_BaOqUlB9jPweKB

YouTube
**5 ways to estimate serving size (Cooking Light) - 1:38
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5s8tak-NdeU

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