I cannot be trusted around certain things. These things include, but are not limited to: guacamole, hummus, French onion dip, sour cream, cream cheese, ranch dressing, etc, etc… Put me, a bag of pretzels and a container of hummus in a room together and you’ve got yourself a recipe for…an empty container of hummus. Did you know the average serving size of most dips is 2 tablespoons? Let’s be serious – 2 tablespoons is a light warm up round for me. I can zip through 2 tablespoons of dip with just 2 pretzels. What I’m trying to tell you is, hi, I’m Katie, and I can’t figure out portion control.
Sometimes I get fancy, and I’ll try to measure out my dips, or really get serious about eyeballing 2 tablespoons. Typically exercises in futility, the dip clings to the measuring spoon, or my eyeballs allow for extremely generous tablespoons. Nothing works, I’m stuck.
…then I stumbled upon these cute little Lock Up containers I found at The Container Store. They come in various sizes, but the smallest one is totally perfect for measuring out 2 tablespoons of the things you can’t be trusted around. I’d read somewhere about the OXO Good Grips Mini Measuring Cup for Sticky Stuff, which helps you measure out stuff that usually sticks to the spoon, so I ordered one from Amazon (<3 Prime).
Between the Lock Ups (only one complaint – they lock together, which is handy and quite convenient, unless you put them in the dishwasher, in which case they lose their ability to stack. They are top rack safe, but their shape does change…beware) and the mini measuring cup, I can perfectly and quickly portion out dips to throw into the fridge. Portion control becomes as easy as throwing some carrot sticks in a snack bag and grabbing one of the mini dip containers to take to work or eat on the couch watching TV.
I’m really proud of myself on this one – portion control just got hacked!
Watch how easy portion control can be (it’s 10 seconds, you can handle it):