In Which I Realize How Small a Real Portion Is

I had this idea that each week, I would make three recipes – two that are new to me and one that we’ve had before and liked.  Three is a little bit ambitious; it just depends on my plans for the week, I think.  Anyway, that tuna salad that I posted yesterday (it’s this) was one of the new ones and tonight, I made an old favorite.


(I’m telling myself that this picture looks bad because I used squeeze basil*)

This is Panzanella with Artichokes and Olives.  And while it’s extremely delicious, it has bread, oil and olives in it (though I lightened it up a bit), so you don’t really get a lot if you’re trying to stay in a certain calorie or point range.  I’m sure the last time I made this, I inhaled half the recipe without even thinking about it, but I was trying to be cognizant of what I was eating this time and when I was done, I wanted more food.  So I had a little more.  Then I had a Vita-muffin and then an apple and then I was full.  I went over my points by a little bit though.  Umm, oops?

I guess what I am trying to say is that while I’m used to figuring out what is healthy and what isn’t, I’m not so used to thinking about what is healthy and I could eat a lot of.  Even though I went over my points (I ended up eating 34, approximately, but I still have a lot of the weekly and activity points left), I still think I’m eating much less than I used to be, so there’s that.  I mean, when I was putting together this salad, I was snacking on mushrooms.  Not hummus.  Mushrooms.  (Someone ate the carrots, or they are lost in the back of the fridge.)

* Squeeze basil

Squeeze basil

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10 Responses to In Which I Realize How Small a Real Portion Is

  1. Portion control is a hard one at first. You do get used to it! My kitchen scale is the most valuable tool I have. And I’m loving using it for baking this year too!

    • I do use a kitchen scale, but what I struggle with is sort of determining how much of a recipe that makes say 6 servings is just 1 serving. My scale doesn’t allow me to weigh the entire thing. I wonder if there are scales that do. I think mine only goes up to maybe 1.5 lbs before it tells me the thing is too heavy.

  2. That was my biggest lesson too, and it’s still hard for me. I go over points most days,

  3. I have a hard time with portion control as well. I once sat down with a couple dietitians and asked them about it, and they told me that if I was truly hungry and was eating healthy foods, then the “recommended” portion sizers don’t matter too much, just guidelines. Of course, that doesn’t help my ice cream problem though. Who can just eat half a cup??? haha

  4. I ate the carrots because they are a POWERFOOD! NO POINTS.

  5. It is crazy how much you learn as you really focus on portions and what goes into meals and recipes. I LOVE the recipes tool on myfitnesspal to figure out calories and things. It is still sort of a guestimation, but it’s a lot closer than trying to just throw a number at it and thinking that’s how many calories etc. I think you are doing great so far!!

  6. I am NOT good at portion control, but am getting better. I’m also trying to do more munching on veggies while I cook, like you mentioned, and it really does help!

  7. Portion control is the key for sure. That’s where most people get into trouble. Finding a balance that works for you definitely helps. Sounds like you’re getting the hang of it though.

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