Rihanna Was Not Pleased With Her Chef’s Idea Of ‘Portion Control’

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Rihanna probably looked at her food, then looked at her chef, threw the plate at the wall and yelled, “B***h better have my breakfast!”

Not sure if Riri pissed off her personal chef Debbie Solomon, or if Solomon just loves messing with her, but whatever happened, it led to meal fit for rabbits.

Rihanna posted through Instagram Sunday that she asked for some “portion control” in her meals and boy, did she get it. The post read:

“uuuuuhhhh @chefdebbiesolomon ….. This is not what I had in mind when I said “portion control”!!!! @granger9 did you have anything to do with this??!! #pinkslipORnah”

Chef Solomon then responded to Rihanna’s displeasure on Instagram, saying, “I aim to please! This masterpiece took me all morning! I literally slaved away making this!!”

Of course, the cheekiness was all in good fun. It’s doubtful that Rihanna would actually fire her, and even more doubtful that a more hearty breakfast wasn’t later made.

Solomon should be careful, though, because Rihanna is known to be a prankster herself.


h/t eater


A ‘Handy’ Guide to Portion Control, Using Your Actual Hand


You’ve heard the general rules, meat portions should be matchbox sized, etc. However, sometimes it can be difficult to remember what a matchbox actually looks like, particularly when you’re staring down a basket full of buffalo wings. The next time you’re in need of a little resolve, look no further than the back of your hand (or the front or heck, even just your fingers).

This handy infographic from Guard Your Health offers a quick reminder that your butter pat should be no larger than the size of your fingertip, that your protein should be roughly the size of your palm, and that your carbs should only fit the size of your clenched fist.

Check out the full infographic below for a few more tips, or just some lovely hand porn (you know, if you’re into that).




This Clever Dinnerware Literally Cuts Your Meals in Half


It’s hard to control our food intake when stuff like Cronut Burgers and Moreos exist. Fortunately, we can rely on clever inventions like the ‘Halved’ dinnerware set to help keep face-stuffing episodes to a minimum.

Jo Djauhari, Fajar Kurnia and Jeremy Chia came up with this idea to literally cut dinnerware in half to eat healthier portions. The result? Plates, mugs and bowls resembling cool tabletop art that comes in yellow, blue, green, brown and white. While we’re obviously huge fans of eating, these guys could definitely be on to something.

‘Halved’ is currently seeking funds on Kickstarter, so head on over if you’re in the market to practice portion control. Or if you just want half o’ mug for kicks. (We do.)

H/T Design Taxi + PicThx Kickstarter

Fast Food

Auntie Anne’s New Mini Pretzel Dogs Are the Perfect Summertime Serving Size


Nothing says “perfect cheat food” quite like bite-sized snacks. Even if you know the total calories of tossing eight mini pretzel dogs down your gullet is bound to be the same as scarfing one regular full-sized one, sometimes it’s just nice to pretend otherwise.

Starting today, Auntie Anne’s is introducing new Mini Pretzel Dogs in all its U.S. locations.

Available in both 8 and 12 count packs, each mini dog (AKA each “freshly baked little bundle of joy”) will feature the same fresh-baked pretzel and all-beef Nathan’s Famous hot dog as the original. They will also be available for purchase with any of the chain’s seven pretzel dips: Cheese/Melted Cheese, Hot Salsa Cheese, Marinara, Caramel, Sweet Glaze, Sweet Mustard and Light Cream Cheese.

The press release states that while prices will vary, the average for the 8 Counter will run around $3.89, and that the treats are perfect for sharing — but that’s assuming the people buying them haven’t been on all-natural wheatgrass colon juice cleanses for the past three weeks. We should probably just let those poor folks have their own.


Science Proves That 2 Divided by 2 Equals 5, At Least When it Comes to Portion Control

When I was a kid, my economical little brother discovered a way to make his fast food give him more bang for his (or our parents’) buck. By tearing up his five measly chicken Mcnuggets into dozens of smaller pieces, he deduced that he would eventually end up having more chicken and therefore, a bigger meal.

At the time, I chalked it up to his embryonic math skills, but a new study suggests eating smaller pieces actually results in greater feelings of fullness and satisfaction in both humans and animals.

So guess what little bro? Turns out you were right.

The study, led by Davina Wadhera of Arizona State University, tested both rat and human responses to whole and cut food portions. Rats that were offered 30 (10 mg) food pellets vs. one (300 mg) food pellet seemed to prefer and “ran faster” toward the group of 30. Humans who were offered a choice between a whole bagel and a cut-up one ended up eating more in a later test lunch if they chose the whole bagel over the bagel pieces.

“This shows that food cut into multiple pieces may be more satiating than a single, uncut portion of food,” researchers said. This phenomenon in turn, they suggest, can be attributed to the fact that smaller pieces “may perceptually look more and therefore elicit greater satiation than the same portion presented as a single, large piece.”

So next time you’re trying to cut down on your meal portions, treat yourself to a little optical illusion magic and suspension of disbelief. At least your brain will think you’re eating more, even if you know you aren’t.

[Via Food Navigator]