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Mindfulness in the Dining Hall

UConn Extension, the Department of Nutritional Sciences and UConn Dining want to help you practice mindfulness in the dining hall. Join us as we share new information and host competitions for UConn students.

The Secret to Serving Size

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Do you ever wonder if you are eating enough? Or eating enough of the right foods? Use this portion guide when filling your plate or to-go box in the dining hall. Everyone has different nutritional needs but a good rule of thumb is for each meal to consume

  • 1-2 palms of protein
  • 1-2 fists of veggies
  • 1-2 scoops of carbs
  • 1-2 thumbs of fat dense foods

If you are a more active person increase these amounts for daily intakes.

Active Males

  • 6-8 palms of protein
  • 6-8 fists of veggies
  • 6-8 scoops of carbs
  • 6-8 thumbs of fat dense foods

    Active Females

    • 4-6 palms of protein
    • 4-6 fists of veggies
    • 4-6 scoops of carbs
    • 4-6 thumbs of fat dense foods

    Protein examples

    • Chicken
    • Fish
    • Beef

    Veggie examples

    • Spinach
    • Corn
    • Carrots

    Carb examples

    • Pasta
    • Cereal
    • Rice

    Fat dense food examples

    • Peanut butter
    • Mayo
    • Cheese


    Content curated by Rachel Gordon

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    Funding Acknowledgement

    This project is made possible by the UConn Department of Nutritional Sciences and UConn Dining.

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