Wednesday, September 7, 2011
A new school year has launched for many and with all the activity it's easy to choose items that may save time but are ultimately less nutritious. September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and it's even more important to make sure kids have access to healthy food and to understand portion control.
Without even knowing it, many people eat servings that are much larger than the recommended amounts. One of the best ways to avoid this is by using a food scale. Food scales make you accountable for what you're eating by telling you how much a portion really weighs and help you track your eating habits. Food scales won't only be of help in the home, but also when you dine out. By giving you a visual of what a portion or serving size should really look like, you will be able to make better food choices throughout your life.
Try using a digital food scale. These scales allow you to "zero out" any bowls, plates, or measuring instruments so you are only getting the weight of the actual food items. Try using a food scale for a few weeks or until you feel like you can determine appropriate portions without its help. You will be surprised at how quickly you pick up on these nutritional tips. You can also print up a simple equivalency chart to help your kids (and you!) understand what portion sizes should be consumed.
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I received product for review from Hormel Foods. The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services. Your opinions and results may differ.