Managing portion sizes of foods can be challenging for people with and without Down syndrome. Below are some products that may help with portion control. Many of these products can be found at retailers such as Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target/Walmart, and CVS/Walgreens.
Please note: We are sharing information about these products for educational purposes only. The Adult Down Syndrome Center does not receive financial support or compensation for sharing information about these products.
Portion Plates and Containers
Plates and containers that are divided into sections provide a visual reminder of appropriate portion sizes. They can also remind individuals to eat foods from a variety of food groups. There are options designed for use at home as well as on-the-go. There are also container sets that include containers of varying serving sizes (e.g., 1 cup, 1/2 cup, etc.).
Cups and Spoons for Measuring and Serving
Some measuring cups and spoons are designed with a longer handle so that they can be used for serving as well as measuring. Options like the ones pictured below can be purchased online. Restaurant supply stores also sell kitchen tools that help with measuring and serving set amounts of food.
Salad Dressing Bottles with Measurements
Some salad dressing bottles have measuring lines on them. These can help an individual use a suitable amount of dressing.
Reusable Containers for Condiments and Dressings
Small containers that hold 2 to 3 oz. can help with limiting the amounts of condiments and dressings an individual uses. Some containers are marketed to be used for condiments. Another option that may be less expensive is a set of baby food storage containers.
Additional resources on nutrition and healthy eating: