The handful method encourages healthy habits around portion control and a balanced diet.

By Ananda Eidelstein
April 13, 2018
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The Scandinavians brought us hygge, and now a simple diet so easy to follow all you need are your hands, really. Forget counting carbs, calories, points, and the long list of things you can’t eat. We already know that a balanced diet and exercise is the key to a healthy lifestyle. But sometimes we need a little push and guidance on how to get there. The Scandi Sense Diet by Suzy Wengel brings us the handful method.

We’ve heard that the right portion is about the size of your palm, so it makes sense to make a balanced plate by measuring your food in handfuls. Don’t worry, you get four handfuls of food per meal. Wengel, the CEO of a biotech company and a nutritional advisor and now dietician, developed The Scandi Sense Diet when faced with her own weight battles. By researching how much protein, carbohydrates, and fat she needed, she came to the method of building her plate around two handfuls of vegetables, one of high-quality protein, one of carbohydrates, and up to three spoonfuls of fat.

Wondering what the “sense” in The Scandi Sense Diet might mean? Perhaps common sense, or sensible eating. Because there is nothing technically banned in the diet, tweaks should be made if you want some dessert or a glass of wine. But it’s easy! If you want to enjoy a glass of wine, just skip the handful of carbohydrates on your plate. And of course, be mindful of added sugar in any packaged foods.

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The Scandi Sense Diet feels like more of a practical way of conscious eating and filling your plate with wholesome and nutritious ingredients, plus a great way to get vegetables in. The book has recipes and inspiration to achieve this way of eating successfully if you need to get a hang of the handful method. To kick it off and stock your pantry with healthy ingredients, we made just the right list for you to make easy, healthy meals more simple.