Instead of: Pouring cereal straight from the box
Use: A measuring cup

I know, this one sounds pretty straightforward and unremarkable, but most of us over-pour our breakfast cereal on a regular basis. In fact, when we pour cereal straight from the box or container, we tend to serve ourselves two the three times more than what the appropriate serving size is. Which means two to three times more calories, carbs, sugar, salt–even milk to wash it all down. Yikes!

My simple solution can help you keep portions, and therefore, calories, in check. Leave a 1-cup scooper right in the cereal box (or container) and a ½-cup scooper in the oatmeal canister. Another helpful tip: Flag the appropriate portion on the inside of your cereal bowl with a black marker.