One of the products I liked from the Natural Foods Trade Expo is the Measure up bowl. It’s a simple bowl that has markings for different portion sizes, so you know exactly how much you are eating. I like the concept, it’s very simple and useful and a great way to educate ourselves and our kids about portion sizes. I know I had a rude awakening when I learnt about portion sizes during gestational diabetes. I was shocked to find out that 1 serving of rice is 1/3 to ½ cup of cooked, which if you are a rice eater is equivalent to 4-5 tablespoons of rice. Hmmm.. not enough, but that’s the reality, our portion sizes are all skewed because most places give us soooo much food (cheap and processed!).
A few concerns about the MeasureUp bowl product:
1) It is very pricey! A small single bowl, good for ice cream and high calorie foods, is priced at $13.99, while the larger one, good for pasta, soups etc., is priced at $19.99. That’s definitely a premium for a porcelain bowl!
2) If you are using this bowl for eating cereal then others cannot use it. It is basically a 1 person measurement tool and it is limited to food portions only. You cannot measure liquid portions.
I use our Pyrex glass measuring cup and find it to be my go to tool for measuring anything in the kitchen. I use it to measure the right amount of milk for my daughter (so her sippy cup won’t overflow) and warm the milk in the microwave in the Pyrex measuring bowl. I use it to measure my food portions as well as my liquid portions. I use it to measure my food and liquid and toss it in any bowl, plate or glass I want, leaving the Pyrex free for others to measure. The cost – an affordable $3.79.
You can buy these MeaureUp bowls at Target as well as online at measureupbowl website.
What do you think? Would you invest in this tool for portion control?