This month’s challenge is Five Alive! It encourages you to eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day, for a total of 150 this month. You may wonder, though … what is a serving and how can you estimate how much you have had? Below is great guide on how to “guesstimate” your daily servings of several food groups.
Grains: 1 slice of bread, 1 ounce of ready-to-eat cereal, 1/2 cup of cooked cereal, rice or pasta (about the size of a 1/2 baseball).
Vegetables: 1 cup of raw leafy vegetables (about the size of a small fist), 1/2 cup of other vegetables or 1/2 cup of vegetable juice.
Fruits: 1 medium fruit (medium is defined as the size of a baseball); 1/2 cup chopped, cooked or canned fruit; or 1/2 cup juice.
Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans and Nuts: 2 to 3 ounces of cooked lean meat, poultry or fish; 1/2 cup cooked dry beans; or 2 tablespoons of peanut butter.
Milk, Yogurt and Cheese: 1 cup of fat-free or low-fat milk or yogurt, 1 1/2 ounces fat-free or low-fat cheese.
I can’t possibly eat that many servings of vegetables, etc.!
Before you decide that you can’t eat as many servings of ANYTHING as suggested, think small fist, baseball, hockey puck and a computer mouse. These are all things that describe a “serving size.” The comparisons will help you eat more of the things you need and less of the things you don’t.
- One serving of raw leafy vegetables or a baked potato should be about the size of a small fist. A serving is a lot smaller than most people think.
- A cup of fat-free or low-fat milk or yogurt, or a medium fruit should equal about the size of a baseball.
- A half a bagel is about the size of a hockey puck and represents a serving from the grains group.
- Three ounces of cooked lean meat or poultry is about the size of a computer mouse. Three ounces of grilled fish is about the size of a checkbook.
- A teaspoon of soft margarine is about the size of one die.
- An ounce of fat-free or low-fat cheese is about the size of six stacked dice.
Source: American Heart Association