Portion Control and Carb-Counting

I am taking a cue from our kids’ sectioned plates and focusing on portion control and carb-counting tonight. It is so tempting to fill our dinner plates with too much food. The nutritionists we have talked to recommend following the “healthy plate method” of filling our plates with 1/4 starch, 1/4 protein, and 1/2 veggies and greens. These toddler plates sure make it easy!

Tonight, I actually read the serving size on the food packaging and dished out exactly 1 serving of starch (yes, I measured out 1/2 cup of the pearled couscous as recommended on the box), 1 serving of protein (easy, because these marinated salmon filets from Costco come in single-serving packs), and 2+ servings of veggies (steamed green beans tossed in olive oil and salt).

Now I can tell Rhodes exactly how many carbs are in his dinner! For more on carb-counting and the healthy-plate method of portion control, check out these articles from the American Diabetes Association:

Carb Counting

All About Carbohydrate Counting

Create Your Plate

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