Near my workplace, there’s this great sandwich place where you get to make your own lunch using their fresh ingredients. It’s perfect for me because I can’t stand lettuce. Those leaves make their way into so many sandwiches. I know I need to eat more vegetables, so I started piling on the sliced mushrooms. One day it occured to me – I had absolutely no idea how many mushrooms I was really eating. They were all sliced up. I had no way to tell if I was getting one serving or five. So, I turned to the Internet. You know what I found?


So, I started this site. You’ll be able to find all your favourite foods, right here. You can look up all sorts of food – one serving, one portion, one helping of food. We’ll even slice it up so you know what it will look like. You can find out which food group everything belongs to and what you will get from it.

You’ve probably seen at least one version of the Food Pyramid. You know that every day you should eat about six servings of starchy food, five servings of fruit or veg and only one of those notoriously-unhealthy-but-oh-so-tasty treats.

But what the heck counts as just one serving?

  • You buy a packet of peanuts… it’s so easy to just eat the lot in front of the TV. How many servings is that?
  • You take home a punnet of strawberries… throw some cream and sugar over them and dish it out to your family. How many servings is that?
  • You order a plate of chips in a restaurant… they gave you far too many, so you only eat half of them. How many servings is that?

You deserve to know exactly what you’re eating. You’ll be able to find out right here.

– Debbie Timmins, founder of

“Honesty is the cornerstone of all success, without which confidence and ability to perform shall cease to exist.”
Mary Kay Ash – founder of Mary Kay cosmetics.

P.S. If you like the sound of our site, drop me a note in the comments. I love hearing from new people. We’re launching in October! Check back regularly or subscribe for updates.

5 responses to “What Is This Site?”

  1. David Fromstein

    Hey Debbie,

    I’m in my third year of university and love cooking, but I lack what the French might call “any semblance of skill whatsoever.” It’s hard cooking healthy meals on a budget, and I’m so excited to have found your website right now that I decided the least I could do is drop you a comment to tell you that your work is definitely appreciated!

    I was searching for what you apparently were too–I have a package of mushrooms sitting in my fridge and I wanted to know if using them alone is enough vegetables to justify eating starchy pasta. I’m off to go make myself some lunch!

    Thanks again!
    David Fromstein

    March 22nd, 2009 at 5:38 pm, comment link
  2. Debbie

    Hi David,

    Thanks for the comment. It means a lot to me knowing that at least one other person out there finds this useful :)

    – Debbie

    March 22nd, 2009 at 6:00 pm, comment link
  3. Carissa


    What an ambitous project! I stumbled across your site today while looking for a serving size of a particular food for a client (Im a nutritionist)…ideally food should be measured, but really who has time for that? Plus that is impossable when dining out. Your approach is very handy, I appreciate the realistic approach.


    March 18th, 2011 at 8:59 pm, comment link
  4. Debbie

    Wow, thanks very much Carissa. Quite right, nobody has time to measure out food – especially if you’re in a restaurant. Your support does mean a lot to me. :)

    March 20th, 2011 at 3:10 pm, comment link
  5. irina

    I just came across your website, while searching for the right serving of hazelnuts, and I love it that here I found all the correct amount of food we should eat in one meal. My only wish is that you also provide some nutrition advice and maybe improve the database, under food groups there’s only fruit & veggies and nuts & seeds. How about eggs, dairy, meat or cereal? Good luck!

    June 7th, 2011 at 9:00 am, comment link

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