Recipe measuring tips shared by my mom:
“Measuring Food Portions with your Hand:
A clenched fist is about 1 cup. That’s one serving of soup, a casserole, or cooked vegetables.
Half of your fist is about ½ cup. That’s one serving of starchy vegetables, cereal, beans, rice, or noodles.
The palm of your hand is about 3 ounces. That’s one serving of meat, poultry or fish.
One hand cupped is about 1 ounce. That’s one serving of a snack food or cheese.
The tip of your thumb is about 1 tablespoon. That’s one serving of dressing or cream cheese.
The tip of your finger is about 1 teaspoon. That’s one serving of butter or margarine.
Serving size and portion size are not always the same thing. Serving size is what’s given on the label of a food. It helps you tell how many calories and nutrients the food contains. Portion size is how much you should eat of a particular food. That might be more or less than the serving size.”