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That said, if we want to keep our weight under control, we need to know serving sizes.
Try these handy-dandy measuring equivalents from the Runner's World March issue.
One caveat: Please, do not actually spoon beans into your cupped hand to measure the beans for your taco. These are strictly visual guidelines.
1. One hand, cupped: A half-cup of pasta, rice, berries or beans, or an ounce of nuts.
2. One hand, palmed: Three ounces of cooked meat or fish or canned tuna.
3. Two hands, cupped: One cup of flaky cereal, soup, chili or Chinese food, or one ounce of pretzels or chips.
4. Two thumbs, together: One tablespoon of salad dressing, cream cheese, peanut butter or butter.
5. One thumb: One ounce of cheese.
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