Saturday, July 21, 2007

Paisleys and portion control

Maggie says that she's asked to create beautiful plates. What a great place to start in the quest for sensible portions--painted paisleys (or planets) rather than heaps of food! Prepared Foods magazine provides these stats about the growth of portion sizes.

Calories: portion. 20 years ago/ today

Bagel 140/ 350
Spaghetti/Meatballs 500/ 1,025
French Fries 210/ 610
Soda 88/ 250
Turkey sandwich 320/ 830
Popcorn 270/ 630
Pepperoni Pizza 600/ 950

Today at the farmer's market, I saw another toddler eating a giant muffin (was 210, now 500). I wish Maggie could have turned it into sumptuous desserts for three by dividing it artfully and adding tiny chocolate culicues.

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