There’s nothing like eating a box of PB Puffins a week for two weeks to know that my cereal portion sizes are a little off. I finally pulled out my Salter food scale and measured out a serving. A serving of cereal is not as big as we all wish it would be.
I am working from home now and that means the kitchen is always calling my name. After a few weeks of too many handfuls of this or that, I finally have it figured out. For me that means 3 meals and 2 snacks every day, just like when I worked in an office. I try to think the meals out in the morning so that I know I always have a snack or a meal ready to go the next time I am hungry. I do that because it is much easier to make healthy choices when I am not hungry, and planning meals is the perfect tool.
One food that kept calling my name was the cereal box. I love cereal, and I especially love PB Puffins, but I did not realize how small a serving is!
Here is 1 serving (3/4 cup) of Peanut Butter Puffins in a mini bowl I have (next to a Sharpie and a remote control for size comparison):
And here is 1 serving of Peanut Butter Puffins in the bowl I usually eat from:
This is how much cereal I would put in the bowl without thinking:
That would be over 3 servings of cereal. A lot of us munch on crackers or cereal mindlessly, but really, a serving is easy to eat in just a small handful! I try to be mindful of portions, but it is so hard with cereal!
What food is hard for you to portion out appropriately? I have the same problem with grapes, as I could eat an entire bunch in one sitting without thinking twice, and have. Now I use those mini white bowls for snacks like grapes or cereal as it contains a perfect serving of either.
I also wanted to share with all of you that I am blogging about my training efforts for the half marathon PB and I are running over where I used to blog about wedding planning: rhodeygirlandphillyboy.wordpress.com. The half marathon is the one in Philly on November 22nd, and the plan we are following is the Hal Higdon Half Marathon Training Plan- Intermediate. Feel free to join me there as I document our training.