Serving Size My Eye.

March 31, 2011

Really.  2.5 servings.  Pretty funny joke whoever made the food label for my Swedish Fish Easter edition treat.  More like 2.5 bites.  I don’t know anyone that could open up that bag and eat 1/2.5 of that bag and save the rest for later. 
If you have accomplished eating just one serving at a time of those delicious gummy goodnesses, I think you may be in the running for some sort of world record or something.

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Let me know if you want me to do a vlog about how to make your hair look like you dipped it into the deep fryer, it takes a lot of work to make it look so good.
Ever seen this Brian Reagan clip about food labels. Hilarious.

When I got home from spin Billy was marinating Mahi-Mahi in an amazing sauce.  In the mix was soy sauce, garlic, balsamic vinegar, ginger, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, olive oil, salt and pepper (he eyeballed it, no measurements).
I married this man for a reason.  He knows how to speak to my soul with food.
My ‘Love Language’ is clearly food.
He pan fried the fish and the rest was magic.  I used the the marinade as a dressing and seriously, it was amazing.  Try it.

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It is completely normal to eat your salad out of a cake pan.   I finished off the meal with pear slices smeared with PB and of course 2.5 servings of Swedish Fish Easter edition.
What serving sizes do you laugh at when you look at its food label and wonder who in the world only eats one serving of that food?
-Most candy, CEREAL, ice cream, popcorn, pringles, nuts, wheat thins and mac and cheese.

Do you ever eyeball recipes and skip the whole ‘measuring’ thing?
-Yep.  Much too lazy to actually follow a recipe perfect.

What was the last deliciously sweet thing you ate?
-Unless I slept walked during the night and ate some ice cream (this has happened in the past) it was swedish fish and a pear.

Anyone have awesome news to share with me? March 31, 2011 at 6:46 am

Love that video – I saw it about a year ago, but I had to watch it again jut for a good laugh!!!

My love language is definitely acts of service or the one about words (encouragement, etc.). You vaccuum the floors for me, I love you forever.


Lindsay and James Cotter March 31, 2011 at 6:46 am

LOL!!! I love brian regean!!! We saw him live in Dallas and I swear I almost peed in my pants from laughing! Thank you for this.
Hope the leg is getting stronger.


Lindsay and James Cotter March 31, 2011 at 6:46 am

LOL!!! I love brian regean!!! We saw him live in Dallas and I swear I almost peed in my pants from laughing! Thank you for this.
Hope the leg is getting stronger.


Jogging with Fiction March 31, 2011 at 6:48 am

I'm loving that you ate out of a cake pan. Cracks me up.

Candy labels should just have the entire container be a serving size. They must know people are going to eat the whole thing. I'm totally the same way about cereal.

I rarely measure when I'm making food. It's way more fun when it's a surprise for your mouth!

The last deliciously sweet thing I ate were black bean brownies. No serving size there baby!


thevitaminbee March 31, 2011 at 6:57 am

My love language is definitely food and random chores. My bf always pumps my gas for me and I love him more for it! :)

Candy labels are a joke. If you only want me to eat ONE serving, dont put 2.5 in there, gosh.

I'm an eyeballer too when it comes to cooking. I measure when i bake though.

The last deliciously sweet thing I had was a chocolate chip cookie the size of my face. But the cupcake truck is coming to my office today so that will change soon! Woo hoo!


runningonwords March 31, 2011 at 7:01 am

I am ridiculously strict about following recipes. Except mac and cheese. I eat so much of that stuff I could measure out the butter in my sleep!

The last sweet thing I ate was Do'si'dos, the delicious shortbread-y girl scout cookie.


Sabrina March 31, 2011 at 7:03 am

Candy and Ice cream I laugh at. I mean, we have all these science advances, can't someone figure out a way to lower calories in all the sugary, sweet goodness that we love?!?!?!

I measure everything because I am counting calories.

Last sweet thing was a cookies and cream coffee.

Good news! I am hosting my first giveaway over on my blog!! YAY!


Matty O March 31, 2011 at 7:05 am

I laugh at girl scout cookie serving sizes haha.

My love language is touch. My wife's is gifts. We know this, but neither of us are good at recognizing it haha.

Yeah, I don't measure out recipes at all. too much work, I cook to "taste" not to measuring.

Have an awesome day!


misszippy March 31, 2011 at 7:05 am

Yes, I'd say that when it comes to cereal, I throw caution to the wind with serving sizes!

That fish looks amazing!


Erin @ UntilYouTri March 31, 2011 at 7:07 am

Oh man, cereal serving sizes are definitely a joke!! Oh and ice cream serving sizes. I don't know anyone who is going to eat a 1/2 cup of ice cream and be done. Or 3/4 a cup of cereal. That is not a breakfast!!

I had Georgetown Cupcakes (a local cupcake store that has a show on TLC) last night and they were SOOOO good. I broke down and bought some because I wanted to try their March specialty flavors before they stopped making them in April (Bailey's Irish Creme and Mint Cookies and Cream). Yum!!

I eyeball dinner-type recipes but not baking recipes–I know there is some science behind getting good fluffy bread/dough/etc! I don't want to mess with that!:)

Uhm, the only awesome news I have to share with you is that I still love your blog!! Woo hoo! ;)


Pam March 31, 2011 at 7:12 am

I can't believe they consider a 20oz soda to be 2.5 servings. Those bottles are clearly single serve!

I NEVER follow recipe measurements. I always think I can do it better :)


Laurie March 31, 2011 at 7:18 am

HAHA all this time you've been talking about Swedish Fish, and I've been thinking it's some kind of Scandinavian smoked trout. but it's sweeties!!!

I wouldn't be able to only eat 1/2.5 of that bag either. It's "all or nothing" for this girl. Well, maybe just "all".

Your husband is a legend – that marinade sounds delicious. I eyeball recipes too (because I don't have any measuring implements) and it usually goes wrong. oh to have intuitive cookery skills!

I ate a packet of maoam stripes for my morning snack. (not sure if you guys get them in the US but they are yummy. kind of like chewy starburst)


trisha*n March 31, 2011 at 7:19 am

My brother can do that food label Brian Reagan show PERFECT. It is hilarious. Gets me going every time.
And ya know what else gets me going…only having one serving of almond butter. Who does that?!

Measurements are for sissys. Later, girl!


Cyndi @ Weightless Life March 31, 2011 at 7:19 am

I never follow cereal serving size, or candy serving size.
I eyeball most recipes unless I'm baking, and then I try to follow it because throwing out baked goods makes me sad.


Lindsey @ Textbooks and Cookbooks March 31, 2011 at 7:22 am

Cereal, ice cream, cookies, cheese, and chips have to be the craziest serving sizes! Nuts too, 1/4 cup? You've got to be kidding me! I eat them like candy:)

The last awesome sweets that I ate were cookies! This weekend my bf and I had a freezer/refrigerated section cookie showdown (aka we compared 2 of the "best" brands in our opinion). It was gooey, chocolaty, deliciousness. We couldn't decide which one won after the sugar coma set in!


Ashby Family March 31, 2011 at 7:27 am

Serving size of Nutella?? It's like 1 TABLESPOON!!! I've mistakenly eaten an ENTIRE JAR in one sitting without realizing it!!


Natalie March 31, 2011 at 7:27 am

ha i purposely don't even look at candy serving sizes because I know I'm not going to follow them so I'd rather just not know :) I need to find me some Easter swedish fish!!!

ps. LOVE brian regan!


kristiateit March 31, 2011 at 7:32 am

Brian Regan has to be my favorite comedian! I've seen him live 2 times, and both times he was hysterical!!!
The serving sizes that always confuse me are on pancake and waffle mix. Last weekend I made what was supposed to be 3 or 4 servings of a medium sized pancake. Ummm…it was like 2 SMALL servings.


Angie March 31, 2011 at 7:33 am

You are so adorable… I'm with you on the hair in the deep fryer (esp. today)! The serving size of icecream is just plain wrong, along with most crackers, nuts, cereal, pretty much everything you said!


Stephanie March 31, 2011 at 7:34 am

Who ever invented the servign size needs to be slapped. Who eats just a 1/2 a cup or ice cream or 3/4 cup of cereal? And 2T of peanut butter? Seriously? I think I eat 4 in one sitting!


BeePieRuns March 31, 2011 at 7:34 am

Yeah, I only look at serving sizes when I want to feel guilty… a bag of chocolate chips "supposedly" has like 24 servings. I'd say it's really more like 2 :)


Big Daddy Diesel March 31, 2011 at 7:37 am

– I laugh at the meat serving size, a fist size portion???? Ha!!! Try my massive thigh size portion, thats more like it

– On the main ingredients, I measure, the little stuff I add "what I think should go in"

– Girl Scout Samos cookies, evil in a box

– Nothing new to report


Regina March 31, 2011 at 7:43 am

That video is hilarious! (As was your comment on a vlog about how to make your hair look like you've dipped in a deep fryer hahaha)

Yeah, pretty much all serving sizes suck.

I don't know why, but I always have to measure a recipe exact. I think it is my type A personality shining through.

No news about me, but both my boys scored 4.0 in school again this last quarter! I'm super proud of them!


Everyday Love March 31, 2011 at 7:46 am

My ice cream says I/2 a cup is a serving…Ummm try half the container!


Laura March 31, 2011 at 7:49 am

I trust myself enough to eyeball when I'm baking, but not cooking. Maybe one day!!


Liz March 31, 2011 at 7:56 am

Those frozen pizzas always say 1/3 is a serving, which seems way too small! at least for runners :)


fitchocoholic March 31, 2011 at 7:59 am

That fish looks awesome! :D
Cereal serving sizes make me laugh….and cookies too! Like a serving size of oreos is 3 cookies! who eats 3 oreos?
I've seen that Brian Regan clip….soo funny!


Tara Upshaw March 31, 2011 at 8:06 am

There are so many serving sizes I laugh at for instance pop tarts!! Who opens to pouch and only eats one poptart, I mean they are packaged together for a reason! Also muffins! They always say muffins are like 3 servings? Please just tell me what the whole muffin is ha. Ice cream is another for sure!


runyogarepeat March 31, 2011 at 8:16 am

So true, especially candy serving sizes! I always wonder why they sell big bars of dark chocolate, then expect people to only eat a few squares of it! Eyeballing is much easier than following an exact recipe. I only follow recipes exactly for baking.


Meredith March 31, 2011 at 8:17 am

I know!!! Where do they get these serving sizes!!? I'll add peanut butter to that list! 2TBS my foot!! Please! Definitely cereal & granola. I hate those serving sizes.

That bag of swedish fish looks so small. That's just wrong.

I usually only eyeball measurements if I know what I'm doing or just throwing something together. Not if I'm baking though. That could be disastrous!

I had strawberries with sugar free chocolate jello & redi whip. That's me being "good". I would have LOVED a brownie with huge chocolate chips. I would love one right now.

That's funny you ask!!! I have news!!! I just registered for my first full marathon in November. Registration just opened. I am so stinkin excited! I can't contain myself!

Have a great day, girlie!!


Kristina March 31, 2011 at 8:25 am

My co-workers think I'm crazy because one day I admitted to them that a) I can eat a box of cereal in like 3 days, b) I never eat cereal with milk (glass on the side occasionally), and c) I dip my spoon in peanut butter and then cover it in cereal. If you've never tried this do it NOW because it's like a candy bar on a spoon.


inhaleexhalerepeat March 31, 2011 at 8:44 am

Serving Sizes on cookies, pizza, and mac & cheese are definitely WRONG. I mean, a serving of mac & cheese is definitely the entire box, right? ;)


Emily March 31, 2011 at 8:45 am

That video is hilarious!

Cereal, especially granola, is ridiculous. Some are 1/4 cup per serving. I have never eaten 1/4 cup of anything in my life.
My other favorite is frozen veggies. Some have 3 servings for a measly 1 1/2 cups. Pshhhhhhhhh


Rachelle Wardle March 31, 2011 at 8:49 am

mmmm you made me crave sweedish fish. I think I'm on my way to buy some as we speak. I try not to read the labels on gummy goodness. I have a fetish for fruit snacks and it says 4 servings. woops I eat the entire bag.

And I am terrible at following recepies I think that is why I don't bake. You can get away with it when cooking but baking is a whole new story.

Awesome exciting news: I straightened the top layer of my hair this morning. This is big. Have a wonderful Thursday darling girl. :)

Reply March 31, 2011 at 8:50 am

candy is pretty hilarious. i love when they say 'fat free' on them too..ya they might be fat free but not quite sugar free ha. cereal is a good one too. ive measured out a serving size before and i definitely need more than that!!


Michelle March 31, 2011 at 8:57 am

I definitely don't follow the servings on brownies! Partially because I just cut a pan of brownies randomly and partially because after I top the brownie with a giant scoop of ice cream, I don't want to know how many calories I'm consuming.


Caitlin March 31, 2011 at 9:00 am

Cereal for sure! I tend to just eyeball things because I don't care that much =P


evamadera March 31, 2011 at 9:04 am

Serving sizes are a joke…I got some lentil from Costco a few weeks back and the package is supposed to be 2 servings but I have no idea how you're supposed to squeeze out 2 equal servings…I just eat the whole thing


Caroline March 31, 2011 at 9:06 am

I saw that video a while back and think of it almost every time I stick a knife into the peanut butter jar! (hahah sooo funny!!!)


Emily March 31, 2011 at 9:07 am

cereal serving sizes are a joke. I'm pretty sure I eat 7-8 servings in one of my bowls. trail mix manufacturers also have no idea what they're talking about. OH and peanut butter?! who eats two tablespoons? I mean, really?


Dorry March 31, 2011 at 9:08 am

Cereal for sure! I really don't pay a lot of attention to serving size. I can't eat a tub of hummus in 2 days that's meant for a family for a week. :)

I measure more with baking, but otherwise, I usually just eyeball it.

I ate the last of my cookie dough bars on top of my green smoothie this morning. It's like the healthiest dessert-like breakfast you could ever have.

Hope you're having a great day! xo


SRYG2R1 March 31, 2011 at 9:08 am

I bought a box of those easter edition swedish fish last night too!
Exciting news? I met a boy last weekend!!! But somehow I got myself into going for a hike as a first date!? What! I forgot for 2 seconds that I sweat like a 14 year old boy!


Stefanie March 31, 2011 at 9:16 am

I love that you your salad out of a pie pan! I usually go for the serving bowls! haha :)


Cory Reese March 31, 2011 at 9:21 am

I always giggle when my wife measures out ingredients for a smoothie. Seems like that should be the first thing you just eyeball based on what you're in the mood for. So sue me.


Runners Fuel March 31, 2011 at 9:23 am

When I was trying to lose a few pounds, I looked very closely at calories. Now, I ahve to make sure that I'm eating enough. I inhale food after the fym all the time and never look at the back of the box. That is a sad amount of gummies. I would eaten them all, too.


XLMIC March 31, 2011 at 9:31 am

I eat out of a pan whenever I can ;-)

"FUN"size always cracks me up. What's so 'fun' about something yummy that is the size of a thimble? FUNsize would be giganto!


athleticsandalcohol March 31, 2011 at 9:38 am

How about pretzels? It's about four per serving. I'll just take the bag, thanks.


Meredith March 31, 2011 at 9:41 am

Just started tracking my calories this week and I'm pretty sure that if my husband hears, "Oh my word!! Look at this! Can you believe how many calories it is?!?" One more time, he might start to wear ear plugs. But, seriously! It's crazy! Biggest eye opener? My chocolate chex. That's my sweet treat at night and I would just eyeball it into one of the kids cups. Thinking it was maybe a cup or 2. But, it's chex! How can it be that bad??? Yeah. Over 500 calories later. Yeah. Its THAT bad!! Now, I stick to the little bit they call 2 servings for 260. Yep. That's what I use my end of the day calories on. That and an oh-so-sweet apple.


Jess @ Blonde Ponytail March 31, 2011 at 9:46 am

Great point!! Sometimes I flat-out don't look b/c I KNOW one serving isn't going to satisfy my craving!

The #1 for me is ice cream! 1/2 cup?! I don't think so. Half a bucket, MUCH more accurate!

Last night I grabbed a spoon and Nutella–of course, I double-dipped! ;)

I have heard of salad bowls, but not salad pans–ha ha!!! you are too funny! Is the term love language from the book "Love and Respect"? We used that for pre-marriage counseling.


TurnerLifeAround March 31, 2011 at 9:47 am

1) we just saw brian regan a few weeks ago and he is amazing
2) anything that says the serving size is 1/2 a cup is a joke- i find it easier to ignore that little "nutritional label" thing on the side and just eat- and for me 2 tbsp of peanut butter is about what I lick off the spoon after im done
3) the comment about cereal and pb on a spoon- everyone needs to please try the following: spoonful of pb dipped in Honey Bunches of Oats= tastes like a samoa- so so good


Kim March 31, 2011 at 9:54 am

Hey, new follower, loving your blog.
So, I just found out one serving of Nestle's chocolate chunks (you know, like chocolate chips with extra class), is one TABLESPOON! Are you kidding me? So I filled up a tablespoon, and then balanced as many chunks as I could on it until I had a swaying tower of deliciousness… still counts for one serving, right? :)


Jessica Joy Daly March 31, 2011 at 9:56 am

Ice Cream, Ice Cream, Ice Cream. Who are they kidding?!?!

Always eyeball when I am cooking. Measure when I am baking.

I love sweet things! Most deliciously sweet thing was brownies and ice cream.

Awesome news?!?!? Hmmm…. Nope. Life is beautiful though :) That's good news!


Jamie Sometimes Healthy Living Girl March 31, 2011 at 10:47 am

Serving sizes are my enemy. I have a general awareness of them but choose to ignore. Like you, I prefer to eat my salads out of giant bowls. Have never tried cake pans though ;-)

I never use recipes…thus my food tastes bad. Yet I still eat it.

The last delicious sweet thing I ate was a celebratory salted caramel cupcake on Saturday for finishing my THIRD marathon :-)

My good news is the marathon AND I just started my first blog. Hope you'll read it. Yours is my favorite!


Leanne@Coffeeandclaptrap March 31, 2011 at 11:01 am

Yum, that mahi mahi looks well sexy!

I'll be trying that marinade thankyouplease :D

And serving sizings are a joke, 30g cereal? pffft!


ZippyZu March 31, 2011 at 11:06 am

Its so true.. serving sizes are for wimps! What the heck and I going to do with 6 triscuits? Or 2 tbsp of peanut butter?!?! I don’t get it. When I cook i rarely measure- even when it comes to baking which is supposed to be more of science… I eye ball- food is meant to be a creative! Ingredients are our mediums! I recently made some banana everything cookies which had yummy chocolate chips and walnuts- nothing quite like a melty chip :)


cupcakedynamite March 31, 2011 at 11:14 am

i'm always eyeballin'! that's why I feel like I can never share recipes… "ummm.. put in whatever looks good?!?" food is the way to my heart too. I think if I came home to a special sauce I'd swoon ;)


KatiPet March 31, 2011 at 11:20 am

That Brian Regan clip is one of my favorites! The WORST is when you get the smaller, snack size bag of something like trail mix or twizzlers and you think "go me, I'm getting the snack size so I don't completely over do it and eat the whole king size bag of swedish fish" then you turn the package over and even the snack size bag is more than one serving. What the heck?!


Andrea March 31, 2011 at 11:23 am

What serving sizes do you laugh at when you look at its food label and wonder who in the world only eats one serving of that food?
Ritz Crackers…5?? FIVE Ritz is all I get!?

Do you ever eyeball recipes and skip the whole 'measuring' thing?
Only if I've made that recipe many many times.

What was the last deliciously sweet thing you ate?
Had a mini Milky Way after lunch today! I love sweets – I do better if I'm allowed to have some each day.

Anyone have awesome news to share with me?
Our family just sponsored a child in Rwanda – she's 9 and her name is Deborah. Yay!!


Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 31, 2011 at 11:25 am

I love that video of Brian Regan–I actually met him and he's just as funny in person! I laugh at cereal and chocolate servings-one bite, seriously?! Last sweet thing? Um, does honey in my herbal tea count??


Coy Martinez March 31, 2011 at 11:28 am

I was mortified at the label on the Girl Scout cookies! You can only in good conscience eat JUST ONE! I could single handidly take out a whole box. I would have to be intoxicated but I would.


Beth March 31, 2011 at 12:09 pm

My good news:
1. my hubby just got promoted to lead engineer =)
2. I finally have a full staff again at work
3. it's going to be a beautiful weekend and I hope to spend a lot of it outside!

I am always baffled by serving sizes on packages that are clearly made for one person. That’s why I stay away from 100 calorie packs, I always want 4 or 5 packs!


Vanessa Hills March 31, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Cereal sizes are ridiculous! If you measure out 1/2 cup…it's nothing! My bowls hold maybe 4 servings? And I need a whole bowl!
Funny video!


Alyssa @ Life of bLyss March 31, 2011 at 12:43 pm


I just expect to be really annoyed when I look at the label… sooo, I ignore it. ;)


movesnmunchies March 31, 2011 at 12:47 pm

AHAH agreed! i hate nut butter servings and chocolate servings!!!!!! WTFFFF

abhahahaha love the salad out of the cake pan thang


Jae March 31, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Yesterday I officially enrolled as a freshman at Boston college for next year. Wooooottt


Holly March 31, 2011 at 3:00 pm

LOVE some sweedish fish OMG! haha they have become my motivation to go to the gym early in the morning because I keep a bag in my car and they are my morning energy/prework out snack or when ever im in the car


Chelsea March 31, 2011 at 3:31 pm

LOL! I watched that video and then sent it to my mom. I love good comedy and I hate serving sizes so it was a good match! Also I am nutorious foe eyeballing recipes I also am nuturious for screwing them up. I also cant spell nutrious and I am too lazy to look it up.


Lisa {} March 31, 2011 at 3:50 pm

i can eat me some CEREAL! serving sizes be darned!! one bowl is never enough.

i am a real recipe follower, until i'm familiar with the recipe. then i feel comfortable to play around with it and "eyeball" measurements.

i just baked a Fresh Orange Bundt Cake this afternoon and am getting ready to make the orange glaze. i'll make sure to take pics and post about it, of course…


marathonmaiden March 31, 2011 at 4:37 pm

i agree that serving sizes are way too small. i've measured out them before and been like…whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat? i need MORE. especially on sweet stuff!


EBURNS March 31, 2011 at 5:33 pm

You are never going to believe this, but the last sweet I had was drumstick ice cream, and it was at 2am. It sounded good, so I just had to get me a spoonful.


my little celebration March 31, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I love Brian Regan and I. Love. You.


Page March 31, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Hahahahha, I love the cake pan plate!!


Jessica March 31, 2011 at 11:03 pm

I made a shoutout to you on my last post!! And I ran for an hour straight today!!

I tried portioning out Wheat Thins for a little while….a JOKE! Serving sizes are for the birds!


Alyssa April 1, 2011 at 6:12 am

I'm a huge eyeballer, but that recipes sounds freakin awesome. Your hubby is a good catch. I just finished eating my new favorite breakfast, cereal with protein powder, and it was deliciously sweet. Today we have a HALF DAY at school, and then I am going out of town for my BFFs bridal shower and bachlorette party – if that's not good news I don't know what is!


kathleen April 1, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Yeah it's normal to eat salads out of cake pans. I did that te other day actually. Seriously, you need something with edges so that you can get every last bit of lettuce.


Laura April 2, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I pretty much always cook by eyeballing. I find that most recipes don't require NEARLY as much oil/butter/etc as they say, and that I can usually load up way more veggies too.

However, this technique is part of why I suck at baking. I have learned that with baking, you DO have to measure… but somehow, my stuff still doesn't come out very good. Sigh.


Teri [a foodie stays fit] April 3, 2011 at 11:11 am

I always knew we'd be friends in real life and the fact that you put a Brian Regan clip on your blog confirms it. :)


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