For many, portion control can be a daunting subject. What we may think is a reasonable portion could actually be two or three times what we’re supposed to eat. But before you start worrying about grams of this and ounces of that, we’ve got a great guide that’s not only easy to understand but perfect for selecting a portion size that suits you.
Simple Meal Prep Tips For Portion Control
When it comes to portion control, you might be surprised to learn that it’s all in the palm of your hand – literally. While many of us may be used to measuring out food using measuring cups and scales, we’ve got a method that will makes it even easier for you and it all lies in your own hand/palm. By learning these quick tricks, we guarantee you’ll be enjoying easy, healthy meal prep with appropriate portion sizes for your needs – whether it is to loose weight or gain muscle.
When it comes to protein, it can be all too easy to measure things in numbers; one steak, two chicken breasts, one salmon fillet. The amount of protein you need however, will vary depending on your sex and your size. An average portion of protein will vary from 3-6 ounces of things such as grass fed beef, turkey, cod and eggs. To measure the right portion for you, simply use the palm of your hand. You can do this once again for vegetarian options too, including lentils, black beans, tofu etc.
Vegetables need to make up between one third and one half of your entire meal prep container. Within the term vegetables here, we’re including salad also. Think big leafy greens, broccoli, spinach, kale, asparagus, peas, green beans; basically all the good stuff. To measure out the right portion of ‘vegetables’, use your entire fist. This will give you the correct serving for you.
We all know that healthy fats are good for us but we still need to eat them in moderation. Whether you’re looking at cashews, almonds, walnuts or even seeds, cheese, oils and butters, the way to measure them all is simply to use your thumb. No more than the size of your thumb and you’re eating the right amount.
All too often, people believe that cutting out carbs is the way forward when really, it’s simply a case of eating the right portion size. Carbohydrates provide us with the energy we need so cutting them out completely can play havoc with our energy levels and ability in our workouts.
That being said, you may be surprised to learn that the amount of carbs you actually need is considerably smaller than what you’re probably currently eating. To measure the correct amount for you, simply use one cupped hand per meal prep container. That’s it. From sweet potatoes to brown rice, wholegrain pasta or even legumes, just one cupped hand will be enough.
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