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Portion Control Tool…?

Okay, this seemed really cool one night when I stayed up too long after taking Ambien. ¬†ūüôā ¬†I’ve made some interesting, medicated purchases before – including the time I bid on 52 different eBay auctions at 2 am. ¬†I finally got the chance to use it this weekend and, once I had it in my hand and was actually using it…I felt a little embarrassed that I spent money on it.

This “portion control tool” popped up on Amazon on that little “Customers who bought this also bought THIS” box:

Meal Measure 1 Portion Control Tool

Hot Mess Hubby says I’m part raccoon…anything shiny will get my attention…and he’s right. ¬†Just don’t tell him I said so.

The Meal Measure portion control tool is dinner plate sized and pre-measured – so you’re supposed to slap this bad boy on your empty plate, then fill the open spots with the corresponding food.¬† You can’t see it in the photo, but the bottom pocket is for protein and the others are labeled “fruit”, “veggie”, and “starch”.

Wow, what a neat idea, right?¬† Instead of messing around with kitchen scales and measuring cups, here’s one piece that does it all for you right on your plate!¬† Well, that’s what I thought – but there are many ways in which this device fails miserably.

What I didn’t think about during my Ambien stupor…before I hit that wonderful “Buy With 1-Click!” button on Amazon.com was…my grilled chipotle chicken tacos…or my spicy blackened turkey burger…or my beloved, almighty kickasserole.¬† I mean, I don’t see a taco shaped hole on this thing…do you? ¬†Where does the tortilla go? ¬†Starch, I suppose? ¬†What about my kickasserole?¬† It contains¬†proteins and starches…now what?¬† Do I pick out all the¬†potatoes out and put them in the starch hole, the chicken in the protein hole…etc?

In my opinion, this gadget works best if you’re eating a stand alone protein, some kind of rice, a separate veggie, and fruit – but not for much more. ¬†I know the serving size and calorie content of all my recipes…so an extra piece of plastic isn’t going to help me.

Just for shits & giggles, here’s a picture of how it stacks up against the blackened turkey burger & baked french fries I had for lunch today.


I know, right! ¬†That whole grain bun looks ridiculous shoved into the starch hole. ¬†And the bun is really a grain, not a starch – but there is no hole for grain. ¬†Are we not supposed to eat grains in this scenario? ¬†I didn’t have an apple to stick in the fruit hole either. ¬†For my purposes, it just seems silly to me. ¬†I prefer the old fashioned way: ¬†my trusty kitchen scale and my measuring cups.

There were other portion control devices on Amazon.com including this one:

The Healthy Portion Plate

This plate seems like a much better investment for those who are trying to keep an eye on their portions. ¬†I’m not going to buy this one either, don’t worry. ¬†My Ambien shopping days are over. ¬†For a while. ¬†LOL

I’ll feel much better about my lame-o impulse purchase if any of you feel like you want to try it. ¬†Really. ¬†Let’s have a raffle. ¬†I’m hoping at least one of y’all think it’s cool or useful in some way. ¬†If you’re interested in winning this, please comment and say so. ¬†The winner will be chosen by random drawing on random.com and posted on Monday night by 8 pm.

If there are no takers, I guess I’ll toss it or donate it. ¬†So…who wants it?


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