Food portion sizes

How much you eat is as important as what you eat. You can gain weight by eating large amounts of any food.

When a food scale or measuring cups aren't handy, you can still estimate your portion. Remember: A key part of a healthy lifestyle is eating the right portion sizes.

To help keep servings sizes in proportion, use smaller plates.

Portion size chart

Three ounces of meat is about the size and thickness of a deck of playing cards.


One medium apple or one cup of raw vegetables is about the size of a baseball.


One ounce of cheese is about the size of four stacked dice.


One-half cup of ice cream or one-half cup of cooked pasta is about the size of an ice cream scoop.


One slice of bread or one six-inch tortilla is about the size of a DVD.


One teaspoon of butter is about the size of a poker chip.


Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Helping Your Heart, fourth edition, cvs-ahc-90648
First Published: 10/04/2002
Last Reviewed: 06/01/2007