If ‘a minute on the lips, a lifetime on the hips’ has recently become your new food motto then now could be one of the best times to invest in a food portion control plate.
We’ve all been there - that leftover spag bol just looking at you longingly from the kitchen. Just one more bowl won’t hurt, right?
For those of us who need that little extra guidance at dinnertime, a portion control plate could be just the thing to get our eating habits back on track to being healthy. That’s why here at OriGym we’ve made a list of portion control plate reviews so you can find one that suits your needs.
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What is a portion control plate?
A portion control plate is a simple piece of kitchenware that is designed to educate people on food portion sizes as well as provide easy to follow guidelines on how much of each food type you should be eating during a meal. These plates are usually split into 3 or 4 sections with clear delineations of portion size and food type on each section.
If you’re looking for more information, like how to use a portion control plate or where to buy one, then read down to the bottom of our article where we’ve provided a handy FAQ section.
Divided plates for portion control are fantastic additions to your kitchen if you want to ensure that you’re eating a healthy and balanced diet. Plus, if you’re wondering how to use a portion control plate, then the range by j&m couldn’t make it any easier for you.
The bright, colourful design on these plates highlights the exact portion size needed per food group for your dinner. The design isn’t just for show, as the plates are made up of names of foods that belong to the food group and can be used as inspiration for your meals.
j&m stock a whole range of meal portion control plates, tailored for various diets and preferred meal sizes. Their standard plate is the Original Healthy Eating Plate. This plate is divided into two quarters and a half: the quarters are designated for protein and carbohydrates, and the other half of the food portion control plate is for vegetables.
However, if you follow a low carb diet or a vegan diet, then j&m have other plates that are designed to suit your needs, either featuring changed portion sizes or an altered list of foods.
For some great vegan snacks, check out our article on the best vegan protein bars here.
As well as featuring a great design, these pretty portion control plates are made of fully food-grade certified BPA-free melamine, meaning they are durable and dishwasher safe. If you are looking for any type of diet plates for portion control, j&m will definitely have a product to suit you.
If a colourful and flashy design doesn’t fit the aesthetic of your kitchen then perhaps you would prefer the minimalistic Healthy Portion Plate: this food portion control plate has a very modern design with elegant black text and lines.
With half of the plate designated for vegetables, and the other half of the plate split in two for protein and carbohydrates, the Healthy Portion Plate is perfect for anyone wanting a simple yet effective, everyday diet portion control plate.
The benefits of using a portion control diet plate such as this one is that it removes the uncertainty around your food intake without you having to strictly count calories or weigh your food. If you can fit your food onto the portion sizes provided, and you follow the ratio on the plate, then you know you are eating a balanced meal.
This is another melamine food portion control plate, suitable for dishwashers but not suitable for microwaves.
The Healthy Eating Plate by The Home Store is another typical balanced meal portion control plate. By this we mean it advocates half of your meal being vegetables, a quarter of your meal being carbs, and another quarter of your meal being proteins.
Rather than listing some food types, The Home Store china portion control plate has some small and brightly coloured images of food such as pasta, avocado, and chicken breast brightening up the white ceramic. The images show healthy options for these food groups, so you won’t find any sugary foods or fatty red meats! They’re all very classic healthy foods so you won’t be encouraged to stray from your healthy eating.
The circumference of the plate features the motivational words ‘feel good – eat good – look good’. This shows just how much The Home Store wants people to use their portion control plates for weight loss and to improve their overall health.
Unlike the previous plates listed, this one is not made of melamine. This is a china portion control plate that is suitable for use in both the dishwasher and the microwave.
If you find yourself frequently travelling or going camping, or maybe you hold barbeques and have guests over, then this stainless steel portion control plate by HK Home would be perfect for you.
This portion control plate divider separates the plate into thirds rather than a half and two quarters, which is common in most standard portion control plates. What this means is that you will have slightly larger portions of protein and carbohydrates, which is why this plate is specifically advertised for use while camping or hiking. You’ll get more energy in your meal that way which will help you to keep going and recover faster when resting.
As it is stainless steel, the plate is very easy to clean and is shatterproof. This is amazing if you are feeding children who can be clumsy and messy at the best of times!
There is no graphic design or text featured on these portion control dinner plates. However, these plates are not flat, instead containing rigid dividers between each third, ensuring that your portions are easily filled, and your meal remains separated when eating.
All in all, this portion control plate divider will be a great option to take with you while camping but will also be perfectly suitable for use in your home too.
The Gastric Band Plate is a great choice of portion control plate for weight loss as it is designed for the eating requirements of people who have undergone gastric band surgery.
What this means is that the plate will be a lot smaller than your average dinner plate. While you may not necessarily have to eat with the same conditions as someone with a gastric band, eating smaller portions and with less frequency will benefit you if you’re trying to lose weight.
These smaller plates for portion control are uniquely divided into three segments for vegetables, protein, and dairy. ‘What about carbohydrates?’, you may be thinking. Well, for people who have recently had gastric band surgery, foods such as pasta and rice can be difficult to eat, so this plate excludes them altogether. However, if you want to include these in your diet then you can easily use the dairy portion of the plate for this.
Another feature that makes The Gastric Band diet portion control plates unique is that the space for vegetables takes up well over half of the plate, meaning that there is less space for the rest of your meal. By including more vegetables in your meal, you will not only be eating healthier foods but also filling yourself up on high volume, low calorie foods.
This food portion control plate features a raised circumference ridge, and the three sections are dipped with a clear divider between each section, making it easy to fill your plate accurately. Also, the plate is made of high quality BPA-free melamine and is dishwasher safe.
So, if you’re looking for meal portion control plates for weight loss, then The Gastric Band Plate will be a great choice for your goals.
‘Amazon’s Choice’ for the weight loss plate category, the portion control plate reviews point to this product by The Diet Kit as being one of the best portion control plates for adults in the UK.
Split into the three core food groups of vegetables, protein, and carbohydrates, this plate provides space for the makings of a balanced and varied meal.
On top of this, The Diet Kit adult portion control plate also has a space in the centre for one teaspoon of oil or sauce! While you may not think this is a big deal, providing a reminder that you should limit the amount of additional oil or sauce you have with your meal will definitely be useful if your goal is weight loss.
So often people cook healthy meals and then lather them in high-calorie sauces like mayonnaise or olive oil, sabotaging the effort taken to create a delicious low-calorie meal. Over time, these additions to your food will add up and you’ll find yourself making little to no progress in your weight loss. So, by including a specific location for a small amount of sauce, this plate encourages healthy eating and also allows you to have some freedom with your choice of condiments too.
In terms of looks, this portion control diet plate is flat and made of a dishwasher safe melamine. On the plate are colourful images of healthy foods surrounded by labels listing other healthy options for your meals, giving you ideas for healthy meals to cook in the future. If you're looking for more info and ideas on what you can cook, check out our personal trainer meal plan guide.
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If you are looking more specifically for portion control plates for diabetics then diabetes.org.uk is a great place for you to look.
They have portion control diet plates for female and male dieters specifically, as well as a bright and enticing one for children, and a non-gendered bowl that will also make a charming addition to your dishware cupboard. The bowl also comes as part of a portion control bowls and plates set either for men or women.
As men have a higher recommended daily calorie intake than women, the portion sizes on the men’s plates are bigger.
The plates can be slightly difficult to read at first due to the cursive handwriting and flowy design, but they include space for a balanced meal, as well as the inclusion of some sauce of your choice, while also encouraging you to eat healthier by reassuring you that you can have ‘unlimited salad’.
Their children’s Magic Plate is one of the smaller plates for portion control and, rather than having a restrictive or boring aesthetic, it has a lovely bright design with magical theme and a wizard that definitely grabs your child’s attention at dinner time.
These plates will still be a solid choice if you are not diabetic as portion control is a great habit to get into for people of all lifestyles. You can get straight into this habit with a portion control plates and bowls set from shop.diabetes.org.uk that also includes a ‘complete weight management system’ guidebook!
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If you are wondering ‘where can I buy a portion control plate?’, then boy do we have news for you. Of course, Amazon is a go-to for all your online shopping needs and stock plenty of great, quality assured portion control plates, but if you want something more unique or handmade, then have a look at Etsy!
Etsy is an online marketplace that is aimed more towards independent sellers and people offering handmade/upcycled goods. You could look for hours at unique plates on this website but one that really stood out to us was this highly rated portion control ceramic plate by ‘weselldream’.
This adult portion control plate features three sections: half for fruits and vegetables, a quarter for protein and dairy, and another quarter for ‘grain products and potatoes’.
If you want pretty portion control plates then these will definitely catch your eye as the design on them is charming and delightful, and more unique than other diet plates for portion control in the UK or online. The foods painted onto the plate have a lovely art style and the plate would look as good on display as it would on your kitchen table.
Not only do you receive the beautiful portion control ceramic plate but it also comes with a selection of resources following a nutritionist approved plan to help you choose healthy and delicious meals to eat (in the right portion sizes!) on your new plate.
Perfect for both adults and children, these unbreakable and divided portion control dinner plates by Shopwithgreen are a great choice if you have any family members that don’t want their food mixing on their plate.
These plates for portion control come as a set of four which means that you are paying around £5 per plate which works out at a great value when compared to the prices of other meal portion control plates in the UK and on the internet.
These can easily become your everyday dinnerware as a set of 4 is ideal for a family, and it means you won’t have mismatched plates or have to spend extra money on getting a matching set of portion control plates and bowls! These are easy to store as they are stackable, and they also look great together with their pastel colour options.
If you think these are just plastic trays, then think again. These trays are made with wheat straw and are a great choice for anyone concerned about the environment. Although these are unbreakable plates, they will not last forever as they are designed to be compostable! Don’t worry though, these gorgeous meal portion control plates will still last you many years of use.
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If you are a vegetarian then you definitely don’t want to see images or text of animal products on your plate when eating your food, so this portion control plate for vegetarian preferences is a much better option for you.
You still have the core food groups in a 2:1:1 ratio of vegetables to carbohydrates and proteins, but the proteins listed are from plant based sources such as chickpeas, edamame, and mushrooms, listed in bright colours and simple font.
The portion control diet plate is easily deciphered and is colour coded; green for veg, red for protein, and yellow for carbs. With the words being different sizes and facing different directions either horizontally or vertically, the plate looks very stylish and modern.
The portion control plate size will be suitable for both men and women. Marianne’s Plate is made of a durable melamine material that is dishwasher safe.
With plant based diets frequently becoming more common among the fitness scene as well as in everyday life, a portion control plate (vegetarian) like this one would hopefully encourage you to eat less meat as time goes on. By cutting down on animal products, you would be keeping your body healthy and helping the environment without having to fully commit to a vegetarian or vegan diet.
This adult portion control plate by Trademark Innovations would be a very unique addition to most kitchens as it is made of bamboo!
The plates are sturdy yet remain lightweight, and something about the smooth wooden aesthetic of the bamboo makes these divided plates for portion control look classy and sleek.
Looking good isn’t the only desirable feature of this adult portion control plate, however. Bamboo is an eco-friendly material; the bamboo plant is the fastest naturally growing plant on the planet and requires no use of pesticides or pollutants during the growth process. The farming of bamboo encourages eco-friendly practises and produces benefits for the environment that should entice any environment-conscious customers to this bamboo portion control plate in the UK.
The portion control plates size measures at 9 inches square, meaning they are small dinner plates for portion control compared to typical plate sizes. Inside the plate you have four imprints to divide your food: vegetables and fruits, proteins, grains and cereals, and a small section for favourites.
If you're wondering what to put in favourites section of this portion control plate, why not read through this list of healthy cereal bars by OriGym to find the perfect new snack!
While it may not be for everyone, if you want a rustic addition to your dining experience while supporting your own portion control then you will struggle to find a more appealing food portion control plate than this one.
If, rather than a plate, you are looking for a portion control plate divider, then the Kitchen Magik Portion Control Template will be just what you need.
Suitable for use with all food groups and most household plate sizes, this divider is split into a half and two quarters – the classic food portion control denominations. While not stated on the product, the half will be suitable for vegetables and the quarters will be suitable for proteins and carbohydrates. Or, if you have your own diet that you follow then feel free to mix it up!
If you're following the keto diet and want something to drink besides water then have a look at our article on the 17 best keto drinks for some great inspiration.
The template comes in one colour option of a clean white and is suitable for use both in the dishwasher and microwave.
This product is supported by Avon and Weight Watchers, so if you are after a portion control plate for weight loss without being limited to just one plate then you will be pleased with what the Kitchen Magik template provides!
Another great choice of portion control plate divider comes in the form of this product by Meal Measure.
Unlike the previous item listed, this divider contains four compartments. You have three equally sized segments for starch, fruits, and vegetables, and then you have a larger space for protein.
If you want more protein in your diet but also have a bit of a sweet tooth, check out OriGym's list of the best protein cookies of 2020 to finally curb those cravings.
This will therefore be a good design for anyone who wants to include more protein in their diet. However, due to the product having four divisions, it can also be more useful for any number of people. As you have more food groups that you can include on your plate compared to products that only offer three divisions, the Meal Measure tool will be suitable for people following any type of diet!
What is useful about the design of this product is that the segments are measured so that when filled they can hold a cup of food. Halfway up the segments you’ll find a line which you can use to measure out half a cup portion. This is a useful design choice if you want to control your portion control plate size without the limitation of using only one plate specifically.
The Meal Measure tool comes in colour options of blue, red, or yellow, and is dishwasher safe so will be very easy to clean!
If you also want portable portion control then take a look at our best meal prep containers blog post for some on-the-go meals.
Where to buy portion control plates
Whilst portion control plates and bowls may seem like more of a niche household item, the reality is that they’re actually quite sought after, meaning they’re sold in more places than you’d originally think. Many supermarkets stock their own versions of diet portion control plates - although we recommend checking your local stores online just to be sure they have them!
If all else fails, then Amazon will always be your best bet to buy portion control plates, and as a bonus you can read through the portion control plate reviews to see what verified customers think about the product.
How to use a portion control plate
Due to the simplicity of many of the designs, using portion control bowls and plates is easy enough. Most will be divided into sections - usually 3 or 4 - and then labelled as to what should go in each section. When you’re plating up your dinner, you place the different types of food in the corresponding sections: so if you’re having chicken, rice, and salad, then the salad would go in the large section, the chicken would go in the protein section, and the rice in the carbohydrate section.
The purpose of this is to provide an outline of how much of each food group you should be having in order to maintain a healthy diet, so make sure you don’t exceed the guidelines on the portion control diet plate.
How to choose a portion control plate
Choosing the right portion control dinner plates is important to ensure you’re meeting your goals or following your diet properly. That means there are a few things you should consider before purchasing diet plates for portion control, including:
- Your food/diet goals - whether you’re diabetic, on a specific diet such as keto or paleo, looking to lose weight, or just wanting to ensure you have a healthy diet, there will be different plates that will suit each need better than the other.
- Vegetarian or vegan diets - the majority of these plates feature images or writing that depict meat, dairy, or animal products, so be sure to look out for a specific portion control plate for vegetarian or vegan diets.
- Portion control plate size - this is important, as not only is it a personal preference but it will also make a difference as to how much you will be eating. If you want small dinner plates for portion control then make sure you check the sizes before buying!
- Design - obviously this is entirely down to personal preference, but it is still an important factor! Especially considering there are quite a few different types of plate, including a portion control plate divider or divided plates for portion control, with each type appealing more or less to different people!
Do I need to use a portion control plate?
Ultimately, the need to use a portion control plate depends entirely on the individual, and usually it is more of a desire to use them than an actual need. That being said, portion control bowls and plates are a relatively affordable and simple way to make sure you’re eating healthily, and are a valuable tool in losing weight or aiding health conditions.
If you’re struggling to decide whether to invest in this simple piece of kit, think about your regular eating habits, and whether you’re regularly following habits such as these when you eat:
- Do you regularly feel like you have to finish your whole meal even if you’re already full?
- Do you often go back for more food, having seconds or even thirds?
- Do you feel sick after a meal because you’ve eaten too much?
- Are you often unsure of portion sizes leading to eating too much?
If any of these questions are ringing alarm bells in your head then using a portion control plate can definitely help.
Before you go!
Well, we’ve definitely been inspired to check our portion sizing and increase our healthy eating! Portion control plates are an invaluable addition to any kitchen, and at an affordable price you can’t go wrong.
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