You can learn to recognize one serving of carbohydrate by using a chart, book or other resource. Below is an example of a serving size chart. Aim for 3-4 carbohydrate servings per meal or 1-2 servings per snack.
|Bread, standard slice||1 slice|
|Rice or Pasta||1/3 cup|
|Pinto Beans||1/2 cup|
|Corn or Peas||1/2 cup|
|Cantalope, cubed||1 cup|
|Milk, lowfat||1 cup|
REMEMBER: A healthy meal includes a controlled amount of carbohydrates, as well as a variety of proteins, heart healthy fats and non-starchy vegetables.
Plan Your Meal
To use serving sizes to manage your carbohydrate intake, take note of how many servings of carbohydrates you eat with each meal. Try to eat 3-4 servings of carbohydrate food per meal and 1-2 servings per snack.
Below is an example of a meal that includes 3 servings of carbohydrate: