1. A food scale – if you own one USE IT! This is one of the most accurate ways to tell if what you are eating is really the portion or serving size you think it is. You can easily double-check the weight of that chicken breast you are having for dinner rather than visually comparing which will help control that ever sneaky calorie creep. For example, a small 6 oz potato has 130 calories and about 27 grams of carbohydrates and a medium 8 oz potato has 175 calories and 36 grams of carbohydrates. So you can see the weight difference may not be much, but it can pack a big punch and will make all the difference when it comes to losing, maintaining or gaining weight.
2. A set of measuring cups – Yes, it is possible to have too much of a healthy thing. Which is why I love using measuring cups to measure out things like my fruits and vegetables. Depending on the fruit or vegetable, using 1 cup to measure will equal one serving. Items like lettuce, chopped vegetables such as carrots, celery and cucumbers as well as fruits like apples, strawberries or blueberries, are all simple to measure in a cup and then you will know exactly how much you are eating.
3. Measuring spoons - Measuring spoons aren’t just for baking, they are a really useful kitchen tool to help keep portion and serving sizes under control. Things like nut butters and seeds may seem easy to “eyeball”, and while they are loaded with healthy fats, they are also high in calories. Measuring these items out with teaspoons or tablespoons are a convenient way to enjoy your favorite foods without loading up the plate.
4. Blender/Food Processor – Using a blender daily, or at least a couple times a week allows you to create and make delicious, healthy and filling smoothies, sauces, soups and dressings. I use mine daily as a way to create protein packed smoothies. It’s also a great way to sneak veggies and fruit into your day or your children’s diet. I like to toss a handful of spinach, steamed kale, broccoli, or celery into my smoothies and my son loves it too.
5. Small Plates and Bowls – Don’t make it harder on yourself that it already is. Serving yourself on a larger plate simply leads to bigger portions. With smaller dishes, you will naturally serve yourself smaller portions and you will feel like you are eating more since your plate will be full!
Hi I'm Lindsey! I am the founder of Moving Motivating Momma and like many of you I am a wife and mother (3 year old son) and am expecting baby #2 in April, 2015 . I have a passion for health, fitness and helping others work and achieve all they never thought was possible.