How to I measure spinach with the plate method, cooked or raw?

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    How to I measure spinach with the plate method, cooked or raw?

    I'm doing the vegan Hero mealplan, and after day one lunch with "half my plate" of spinach coming out to 3 cups cooked spinach, I'm wondering if I have misunderstood. I know that it says half the plate should be veg, but I can't even finish my bowl, it just seems like so much food with the other half being 1 cup cooked peas and 1/2 cup pasta.

    #2
    Considering how much spinach cooks down, I can see how this would happen. Two thoughts:
    I would think that 1 1/2 cups of spinach would be "half of the plate" if the rest of the plate is covered with 1 cup of peas and 1/2 cup of pasta. It doesn't need to be twice as much as everything else, just equal to.
    I *think* it might be okay to measure that spinach raw and then cook it. Consider that if you were having 1 1/2 cups of broccoli, it wouldn't change shape very much as you cooked it. (I had this happen with my lunch yesterday: two cups of bok choi turned into basically nothing when it went into my bowl of soup.)

    Certainly if it's more spinach than you can eat, it's too much spinach.

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      #3
      I usually eat the spinach raw, so I guess that if you are going to cook it the measure would be before.

      In any case, a whole cup of spinach is 7 kcal. If you end up eating half a cup more it won't make a difference. Also, try to avoid them some days, and don't eat a cup and a half every single day. Eating too much spinach can have problematic effects.

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        #4
        Ok, I see I was measuring by eye on half the plate, 1.5 cups would have been half by volume but on an actual plate it was just dense. I'll measure by volume and when its raw spinach because I was totally being dumb, peas are flat on a plate and pasta has gaps, where spinach packs so densely. I still think 1.5 cups cooked spinach would be too much, especially if it can actually be probematic. Thanks guys, the rest of the month will be by volume

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          #5
          Use the rule of thumb that one pound of raw spinach equals one cup of cooked, which in turn equals two portions as a side dish.
          From the internet.

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