March 11, 2005

It's All In The Portion Size

Controlling portion sizes is an important part of counting carbs. Concentrate on eating reasonable portions. Downsize or double-check the accuracy of your portions with these portion-control tools and tips:

  • Use a food scale. After weighing foods for a while, you'll be able to determine an appropriate serving size based on weight.
  • Train your eyes. Determine accurate measurements by regularly using measuring cups and spoons to get used to visually estimating amounts.
  • Measure with your hands. Your hands can provide a quick visual guide to portions:

Tip of the thumb (to first knuckle) = 1 tsp.

Whole thumb = 1 Tbsp.

Palm of your hand or the size of a deck of playing cards = 3 ounces. (This is the portion size of cooked meat [protein] most people need at a meal.)

Tight fist = 1/2 cup

Loose fist or open handful = 1 cup

These guidelines hold true for most people's hands. Check the size of your hand's measurements with measuring cups, spoons, and a scale.

The only thing you don't need to watch portion size is water. One great and proven way to lose weight quickly and effortless is to drink more water --- over 96 ounces per day! Sound boring? What I suggest is adding the juice of half a lemon and if you want 1/2 cup of unsweetened cranberry juice to 32 ounces of water with a sprinkle of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder. Aside from being less than 2 carbs, you will get the health benefits that the stevia provides along with the vitamin C and electrolytes that lemon have. You can substitute limes for lemons if you get bored. Click here to order stevia powder.

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Sugar Free Low Carb Tropical Coffee Cake
Serves: 8
Carbs Per Serving: 4.8 g
Prep Time:<35 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

1-1/4 cups low carb, almond or brown rice flour
1/2 cup Steviva Brand Stevia Blend
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 beaten egg
2/3 cup plain fat-free yogurt
2 tablespoons cooking oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 medium mango, peeled, seeded, and finely chopped (about 1 cup)
1 tablespoon low carb, almond or brown rice flour
2 tablespoons flaked coconut

Lightly grease and flour a 9x11/2-inch round baking pan; set aside. In a large bowl stir together the 1-1/4 cups flour, the Steviva Brand Stevia Blend, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture; set aside.
In a small mixing bowl stir together the egg, yogurt, oil, and vanilla. Add the egg mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened (batter should be slightly lumpy). Toss chopped mango with the 1 tablespoon flour; gently fold into batter. Spread batter into prepared pan.
Sprinkle coconut over batter in pan. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 35 minutes. Serve warm.

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