Measure Up Bowl – a new way for portion control?

Measure Up Bowl to control portion sizes

Measure Up Bowl to control portion sizes

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.

A versatile  portion control tool

A versatile portion control tool

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?

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