After my little gain, I decided to be super double extra careful with portions. It has paid off — I’m back on track. One of the toughest foods for me to portion has been peanut butter. A serving is 1/2 tbsp, not the half jar that you see here.
With a 1/2 tbsp measure, you end up with more peanut butter left on the spoon than you do on your plate. I read on several forums that the best way to portion peanut butter is to use a kitchen scale. If you recall, my $5 kitchen scale is analog, and although it’s excellent for portioning meats, it lacks the precision to do peanut butter.
The Internet gave various ways to measure peanut butter. One person puts her jar on the scale, tares it, and then measures how many grams of peanut butter she has removed. I place my cracker/toast/what have you on the scale, tare it, and measure how much peanut butter I add. Both seem reasonable.
How many grams are in a serving of peanut butter? I found this out by weighing my 1/2 tablespoon measure empty, weighing my 1/2 tablespoon measure filled to level with peanut butter, and subtracting. I got somewhere in the neighborhood of 8 or 9 grams. Your mileage may vary.
I’ve since started using the scale for other things, too. Instead of saying I ate “a banana,” I weigh the fruit and log how many grams it was. My last banana was 83 grams, which is just a hair over a fruit serving. Other bananas need to be halved. I also find it useful to weigh miracle whip and cheese for sandwiches using the tare & add approach.