Portion Control Know-How!

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Portioning your food can make a huge impact on creating a healthy lifestyle and great management of one’s weight. Here are 5 tips on cutting portions and trimming calories provided by Michigan State University Extension:

  1. Use smaller serve ware for dishes and snacks – This helps to limit the amount of food you may consume by the available size of storage given.
  2. Have healthy low-calorie snacks in between meals – Try having your favorite fruit sliced up like apples, orange or pineapple. You could also have a few whole wheat crackers with cheese, or popcorn with little or no added salt.
  3. Drink water right before you eat your meal – This helps to curb your appetite to prevent overeating and helps to keep your body hydrated.
  4. Add more vegetables to your meal – You can never get enough vegetables, especially when they are packed with so many vitamins and minerals. Adding more vegetables to a meal can help you stay full and cut down on calories by adding in more proteins or grains.
  5. Take your time to eat your meals – Make sure to savor what you eat. When you take time out to eat and void yourself of distractions, it can help with preventing getting more servings.


“Five tips to help you manage portion control” – MSU Extension