Portion Plates – how did the kids do on their own?

The time has come, the Walrus said, or in this case, more accurately, the momma.

The time has come, the momma said, to speak of many things.
Of Portion plates and proper sizes,
Of vegetables and onion rings.

(My sincerest apologies to Lewis Carroll)

It was time to see if the kids had learned anything from using the Portion Plates in our house for the last month.

Yup, it was D-day (dine-day) we took the kids to a local restaurant called the Grand Buffet where there are miles and miles of different foods available. Meats, pastries, sushi, vegetables, fruits, and yes, even ice cream. Although my kids are pretty good eaters, in the past it was not unusual to see plates filled with French fries and watermelon slices. But because it’s rare that we bring all 6 kids to a restaurant, I usually don’t say much about what their choices are.

On the way over, I reminded the kids of why we were going. Remember the Portion Plates and how we used them for a month? I want to see what you’ve learned. That’s all I said, I didn’t remind them of the portion sizes or anything.

Some of the kids broke out into a cold sweat, the same cold sweat they get when their Algebra teacher gives them a surprise quiz.

Uh-oh – what was that formula again?

The other kids sat back and cracked their knuckles; this was going to be easy.

Everyone went to get their food and brought it back to the table so that Marc could take a photo before they started eating.

These are what the dishes looked like:

Marc's Dish

Wendy's Dish

Spencer's Dish (age 18)

Griffin's Dish (age 17)

Trevor’s dish (age 15) - he used two dishes because he didn’t want his salad to touch anything

Logan's Dish (age 13)

Addy's Dish (age 12)

Emma's Dish (age 10)

Without exception, every single person filled up their plate with ½ vegetables or fruit, ¼ carbohydrates, and ¼ protein.

Can I tell you how amazing this is? From using the Portion Plates the kids were able to visualize what a healthy dinner was and to make those choices on their own.You can actually see the correct fractional proportions on their plates!

To say that I am a fan of Portion Plates as a learning tool is an understatement. We used them not as a way to lose weight but instead as a way to eat healthier as a family. I can say, unequivocally, that these plates have taught us to do just that.

After using them for one month and getting these kinds of results with my kids, just think of what could happen if these plates were used in schools and in homes everywhere, kids would start saying things like: “I see my chicken nuggets and my French fries mom, but where are my vegetables?”


I received samples of these products from the manufacturer for review.  I received no other compensation for this post.  My words and my opinions are my own.



Filed under Portion Plates experiment, Product Review, Teaching kids, The Family

2 responses to “Portion Plates – how did the kids do on their own?

  1. Wendy – Awesome experiment! And that dinner looks delicious.

  2. Pingback: One Hour or Die – One hour of exercise a DAY to maintain weight – update « Simple Thrift – creative living on less

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