Dining away from home and don’t have your measuring spoons or cup handy? Here are some recipes that help to estimate portion size using common items as visual cues. You can also measure your portions by eyeballing the size you are eating by training yourself with a portion control plate at home.

Portion Size

Foods Estimated Size
1 ounce of meat 1 matchbox
3 ounces of meat a deck of cards or bar of soap
4 ounces of meat a woman’s palm
3 ounce fish filet a checkbook
1 ounce of cheese 4 dice
a medium potato a computer mouse
2 tablespoons peanut butter a ping pong ball
1 cup pasta a tennis ball
a medium apple a tennis ball