NutriPro All About Balance – Portions at hand, the ideal portion size

Monday, July 1, 2019

Portion sizes have been expanding steadily (along with people’s waistlines) over recent decades. Typical portions now have double or even triple the number of calories that they had just 20 years ago1.

Let’s have a look on what an ideal portion size should be. The ideal portion of protein for one meal should be 25% of the plate, or the size of the palm of the hand. When it comes to fats and oils, the portion for one meal shouldn’t be more than the size of a fingertip. Grain should be the equivalent of a modest handful, which represent 25% of the plate. Finally fruits and vegetables should fill half of the plate, which represents the size of two fists.


1 National Institute of Health, United States. 2015.

Read more on the evolution of portion sizes through the years:

Portion, package or tableware size for changing selection and consumption of food, alcohol and tobacco (review)