Get a plain old 1 cup measuring cup, stuff some spinach into it 3 times & voila, you've got a spinach salad that's OP for your green. Add some lean to it, & you've got yourself a lovely L&G meal!.
Might I suggest you find a good digital food scale that measures in oz & gm. I have a great one from my old WW days. I was surprised to see some things I was short changing my self on, others I was way over. Good Luck..
Where did you find these weights? And are they the weights specifically for spinach? The file I have is one that someone posted a while back. I searched the Tools section for a conversion chart, but didn't see it. Maybe I just missed it?.
The file I have says:.
1 C raw fresh spinach = 30 grams.
30 grams = just over one ounce. A one cup measuring cup holds 8 fluid ounces, but not necessarily 8 oz of dry material..
If you are weighing your raw fresh spinach out, 3C = 90 grams, or just shy of 3.5 ounces. I cannot fit 30 grams of spinach into a measuring cup, unless it is finely chopped, so I weigh my greens..
Each vegetable will have a different weight for the serving, so even though an 8 ounces = 226.8 grams, that does not mean you get 226 grams of a leafy green. Vegetables have different bulk values and different weights, so a cup of any given veggie will not weigh 8 oz..
Does this help at all?..
Leolonni1 (Chris) is correct above. Don't mess with weights - just put it in a measuring cup. If you want to mix it up, put in 2 cups of spinach and 1 other serving of a green, like cucumbers or tomatoes, and you're super fancy!..
I think if you look around the eat right section of success tools there is a conversion tool in there. I know there is one on the site, I can just never remember where it is at. When I find it, I use it to convert my grams to ounces and keep a list of weights of veggies that I commonly use. Makes life so easy...
Just remember, if you're eating it raw, measure it raw. If you're eating it cooked, measure it cooked, otherwise you'll not be getting enough nutrients...
Attached is the official from Nutrisystem conversion chart regarding veggies.
It is BETTER to weigh versus stuff in a cup measure because, especially when dealing with veggies such as broccoli or cauliflower, you will not be getting the correct amount b/c of the volume the air spaces take in your measuring cup. It is definitely worth investing 20 bucks in a good digital scale...
I was unable to open the file, but I had this one saved in my favorites...
Wow, thank you everyone for all of your responses. I now feel that I have great options and maybe there isn't just one way to do things right. I will take all of your advice to heart and use my best judgement. Thank you again. I feel so much support on this discussion board...it may sound cheesy, but what a great medifast family!!..
This has been a great thread. Thanks for posting the question and answers as well!..