The Dietitian’s Product Pick: Preventing Portion Distortion

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With 2/3 of the American population overweight, it comes as no surprise that the most recent edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans stresses calorie balance and weight management to improve health.  One of the best strategies to reduce calorie intake is reducing portions. Unfortunately, ‘portion distortion’ can be a real obstacle for individuals trying to lose weight.  With our society more ‘super-sized’ than ever, it is easy to see the difficulty in maintaining a healthy weight.  The typical ‘100 calorie’ pack is familiar, but check out these other perfectly portioned options to fit into your healthy lifestyle.

Perfectly portioned #1: Justin’s Nut Butter™ Squeeze Packs

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With Justin’s Nut Butter Squeeze Packs you can ‘get nutty’ without breaking your caloric bank.  These packs contain about 190 calories, 2 to 3 grams of fiber, up to 7 grams of protein.  Another plus: Justin’s Nut Butters are free of hydrogenated oils (Trans Fat) and contain about half of the sodium found in regular peanut butter.  For a filling snack, pair with apple or banana slices, or a handful of whole wheat pretzels. The Maple Almond are my Fireman’s favorite! I may have to second that!




Perfectly portioned #2: Wholly Guacamole™ 100 Calorie Snack Packs

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Wholly Guacamole has made it easy for calorie control with their pre-portioned 100 calorie pack.  The nutrition powerhouse avocado and just five other ingredients make up this snack pack, boasting a product free of additives and preservatives, perfect for topping sandwiches, burgers, or dipping whole grain crackers, pita chips or pretzels. 



Perfectly portioned #3: Green Giant™ Just for One

 When you are pressed for time, Green Giant, Just for One can help squeeze an essential serving of vegetables into your day.  These microwavable single serving trays contain 3 grams of fiber, about 80 calories and feature a low fat, low calorie sauce or seasoning, a  perfect addition to grilled chicken, fish, or even as a topper to your baked potato!

Perfectly portioned #4: Emerald® Breakfast on the Go

Quick and easy first thing in the morning, trail mix can be a healthy way to get fuel, but can also pack a load of calories if we become careless with our portion size.  Emerald Breakfast on the Go afford simple portion control and provide about 200 calories in each pack, and balance out with 7 to 20 grams of healthy fats, 2 to 3 grams of fiber and up to 4 grams of protein. Try alone or mixed into some nonfat yogurt.



Perfectly portioned #5: Tyson® Grilled and Ready Chicken Breasts

Lean proteins such as poultry, fish, and beans should be chosen more often when trying to lose weight as they are lower in calories than many beef and pork products.  Skinless chicken breast is an excellent source of lean protein, providing 34 grams in just 4 ounces. Tyson’s Grilled and Ready Chicken Breast Fillets are perfectly portioned at 3.5-oz, and heat up in just minutes in the microwave.


March 14th is National Registered Dietitian Day!  Take am moment to recognize your favorite dietitian on this special day :)


  1. I *heart* the Wholly Guacamole single-serve packs. They make it so easy to control portions, bring guac on the go, & not waste food (who wants to eat it from the multi-serving tub after it gets icky & brown from air exposure?).

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