Great idea, desertmountain, about using the plate and scale...always returning it to zero and then adding another portion. I love it and never thought of it! I finally bought a Biggest Loser digital scale, too, which sits on the counter. Use it all the time, an easy $20 investment. I use it for determining ounces mostly, like today for determining an accurate 1 oz of cream cheese. I also use a small 1-cup measuring cup for juice, granola, mashed potatoes, etc. Keeps it accurate and looks better when I use a smaller measuring cup (instead of my large 2-cup one). I am also diligent about creating custom foods on FD instead of always relying on what I find when I search. Great ideas here!