How to eat smaller portions than a horse would

We don’t want to revoke your serving rights.

But it’s easy to overindulge when it comes to FIREDISC® cooking. Enjoy your meals the right way, and you’ll have more room for dessert. (In reasonable portions, of course.)

Here’s a way to see how much you should be eating of what.

Fast facts about portion sizes

What gives with eating out, or buying food? One way to ensure you have reasonable portions is to cook at home. Check this out.

  1. Fast and furious: Hitting a fast-food joint? Portions are 2 to 5 times larger today than they were 40 years ago.
  2. Bagels getting bigger: Around Y2K, a bagel had 140 calories and was about 3 inches side. Today? It’s 6 inches and 350 calories.
  3. Colossal candy? Back in the 19 aughts, a candy bar weighed in at about half an ounce. They’re from 1.6-8 ounces today.

Recommendations for portion sizes

Keep these everyday items in mind when doling out portions of some of the great food you make on a FIREDISC® cooker.

  1. Beef, chicken or fish: A deck of playing cards

If you’re feeding a crowd especially, plate the main course about the same way you’d start a game of solitaire.

What’s that amount to? 3 ounces. This serving of protein is about the size of the palm of your hand.

Why this amount? Adults need 5 to 6½ ounces of protein daily. Lean proteins are best: Beans, eggs, fish, nuts, and poultry.

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  1. French fries: A computer mouse

They’re high in flavor, but also high in fat. We’re not saying to skip them … just don’t pile them up too high.

What’s that amount to? About 15 fries. In a supersized world, we’re used to much more. But this is enough to enjoy.

Why this amount? It’s about 140 calories. Enough to satisfy that craving for something salty and fried, but not an overload.

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  1. Pancakes: A CD

If you stick to a smaller size, you’re better off with two or three than with two or three that are as big as your plate!

What’s that amount to? About ⅓ cup of mix. It’s bigger than the silver-dollar pancakes you sometimes see. A short stack works nicely.

Why this amount? It’s about 250 calories, not bad for breakfast. You’re looking at 8 grams of protein and 37 grams of carbs.

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  1. Desserts: A hockey puck

That’s about the size of a biscuit, but we felt like using the biscuit reference could be a distraction. This proves that it actually is.

What’s that amount to? It depends on the dessert. In any event, this gives you enough to enjoy, but not enough to overindulge.

Why this amount? Desserts are a treat. Decadent dishes pack a lot more punch for calories and sugar. Savor it.

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  1. Fruit: A baseball

We’ll remind you that fruit is good for you, but also high in sugar. A baseball-sized portion is a hit for most fruits, though.

What’s that amount to? 4 to 6 ounces. Raw or cooked fruits come out to about a cup.

Why this amount? Age and gender are factors, but for most adults, 2 cups per day is a good target for healthy eating.

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We don’t feel the need to eject any of our favorites from our diets. Portion control can go a long way toward better choices. Pick a FIREDISC® bundle today and get cooking something delicious.