Essential tools for portion control

Portion Plate Mat-
$5; portionplate.com A key tool for portion control is being able to visualize appropriate serving sizes. This handy reusable laminated place mat has illustrations and divisions to ... more 
Portion Plate Mat-
$5; portionplate.com A key tool for portion control is being able to visualize appropriate serving sizes. This handy reusable laminated place mat has illustrations and divisions to help you understand exactly how much you should be eating from each of the major food groups. Common objects such as a tennis ball and a computer mouse are used to indicate vegetable and fruit quantities, which should take up half the plate. A deck of cards or box of crayons represents proteins and a CD represents starches, both of which should take up a quarter or less of the plate. Too often we get these serving sizes reversed and meat becomes the hero on our plates. By being able to compare easily recognizable objects to a chicken cutlet or slice of roast pork, we can better understand reasonable portions and adjust accordingly. less 
1 / 12
Thu, Oct 6, 2011 2:44 PM EDT
These 12 products-including measurers, plates, scales, and cards-will help you stay in charge of how much you eat It seems that everything these days is super-sized, from our homes and our cars to the food we eat. "Portion sizes have subtly and steadily increased over the past 30 years and are now