Sliders, cupcakes and 100-calorie snack packs are examples of the downsizing of America. Learning to estimate portion size is an important visual cue that can keep us from overeating:
* A deck of cards or the palm of your hand (minus fingers) equals a serving of meat, chicken or fish.
* A tennis ball equals a serving of fruit or vegetables.
* Six dice equals a serving of cheese.
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* A compact disc equals one serving of a pancake or waffle.
* A golf ball or large egg equals 1/4 cup of dried fruit or nuts.
* A computer mouse equals the size of a small baked potato.
* The tip of your thumb equals a teaspoon of peanut butter.
And when it comes to dessert, bakeware companies have been quick to supply mini pans for itty-bitty cupcakes, baby Bundt cakes and tiny tartlets.
This recipe for mini chocolate chip angel cakes is a smart way to curb your cravings.
The finer texture and high starch content for the cake flour called for in this recipe give baked goods a fine, tender crumb.
For a nicer presentation, remove paper bake cups from cakes, slice cakes in half horizontally and fill with fresh, sliced strawberries.