Portion size

This post is by request!  There are tons of great products now on the market that are already prepackaged and portioned for the busy adult.  However, you can save a great deal of money by buying the normal size pack and portioning it out yourself. I totally understand the desire to eat an entire pack or something if I sit at my desk or on the couch with the bag right in front of me.  But, with a little effort you can prepare a healthy snack to grab at any moment.

If you are like me, then you need to spend the time to portion food out before eating.  Although I don’t keep chips or candy in the house, I could easily finish off a container of cottage cheese or yogurt (which is unnecessary overindulging).  I spend a little bit of time each morning (which could be eliminated if I did it over the weekend) portioning out the perfect meals.  It is important to keep your lunch sack full of healthy options to eat throughout the day.

Let’s plan out your day! After purchasing your full pack of nuts, trail mix, veggies, and fruit, wash them and prep as if you were going to enjoy…but resist the temptation!  Next step, get some mini ziplock bags or these great Target portion bags http://www.target.com/p/up-up-portion-pack-64-ct/-/A-15698330#prodSlot=medium_2_1&term=snack+bags. Put just enough of the food item into the bag based on portion size.  The serving size on the package may not be a portion size.  Most beverages, for example, provide content for only drinking half the bottle…so you would double the information.

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Now, if you are like me and hate wasting money and want to be a bit greener, then check out these reusable snack and sandwich bags! I absolutely love my bags and I know they will come in handy when we start carrying snacks around for little Hailey! http://www.planetwiseinc.com/Planet_Wise_Snack_Bag_69_cat.html

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Another great tool for watching your portions is making sure you are using the small dinner plates.  Half of the plate should be healthy vegetables (corn and peas are not the greatest but will due if you simply cannot eat anything else).  A quarter of the plate should be protein and another quarter should be carbohydrates. When you use a 10″ plate and fill it with healthy vegetables, lean meats and good carbs, you will definitely have a happy stomach.

Hopefully this post has provided some helpful information on portion control.  It truly is all about planning ahead and preparing the snacks before you need them.  There are some great tips and ideas to organize your snack bags in your cupboard and fridge on pinterest.  If you need help, encouragement or links to the pinterest boards, just let me know!

Remember you can succeed with being a healthier and happier you this year! Be confident! Be fit! Be you!

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