Want to save money, have less food waste and perhaps lose a few inches around your waist all at the same time? Well it is fairly simple really – get your portion sizes right and you will always cook and eat the right amounts.
In the past I have never thought much about portion sizes and I almost always got it wrong. This meant too much food on my plate. This wasn’t good as I would either finish it – bad for my waist, or throw it away – unecessary waste!
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is a great website full of lots of useful information about reducing food waste and there is very handy section on there detailing portion sizes. Also if you look on most packaged foods, they will tell you what a serving size should be. However, I feel it is worth looking at these as guidelines and spending a bit of time working out what portion sizes work best for you and your family.
I have porridge every morning for breakfast and I used to just guess how much I needed and I could never make it through the bowl. Now I have worked out 1/3 of a cup (US measurement) of porridge with 2/3 cup water is perfect (I have a food intolerance to milk – doesn’t stop me eating icecream or chocolate though!).
I have been experimenting with portion sizes for rice as well and haven’t quite got it right yet, as although I followed the serving suggestion on the packet I made far too much. The next time I made too little, so hopefully it will be third time lucky! I found it was easier to get the serving size of porridge right as it was just for me, whereas the rice was for myself, my husband and my two children, who some days eat more than we do and others just throw the lot on the floor (my 1 year old) or in the bin (my 3 year old).
There are various implements which can assist you in measuring out portion sizes. I have a set of measuring cups, measuring spoons, a measuring jug, and some electronic scales. Really though, you can use anything you have to hand such as spoons, mugs, glasses, milk bottles or jars, as long as the measurements are meaningful to you.
There are special spaghetti measures out there that you can buy, which are essentially just holes to fit your spaghetti in. I’m sure it wouldn’t be too tricky to work out the diameter of a portion of spaghetti for one, or your whole family and make your own measure – but they aren’t too expensive to buy and a good quality one would last a lifetime.
How do you decide what portion sizes are right and what measures do you use? What do you do with the leftovers?
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