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What should I eat often when following the Traffic Light eating style?

Here is a list of foods that you should eat daily or often when following the Traffic Light eating style:

Breads, Grains, and Cereals:
  • Whole-grain bread
  • Brown rice
  • Pasta with tomato sauce
  • Oatmeal (regular or quick)
  • Whole wheat bagels
  • Whole wheat tortillas
  • Corn tortillas
  • Whole wheat pancakes
  • Whole wheat couscous
  • Cold cereals like: Cheerios, Wheat Chex, Wheaties, Shredded Wheat, Crunchy Corn Bran, Raisin Bran
Fruits and Vegetables:
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Canned vegetables
  • Frozen vegetables
  • Frozen fruit without sugar
  • Canned fruit in light syrup
  • Baked potato in skin
Milk and Dairy:
  • Nonfat/skim milk
  • 1% milk
  • Low-fat cottage cheese
  • Low-fat (2% or less) yogurt
  • Nonfat or low-fat dry milk
  • Nonfat sour cream
  • Nonfat cream cheese
  • Nonfat or low-fat ricotta cheese
  • Nonfat or low-fat cottage cheese
  • Lower-fat cheeses: Mozzarella-part skim, String cheese low-fat, Cheese (less than 5 grams fat per ounce)
Meats, Eggs, Beans, Nuts:
  • Legumes (lentils, beans, peas)
  • Refried beans made without lard
  • Tofu
  • Tuna canned in water
  • Fish and shellfish (not fried)
  • Veggie burgers
  • Chicken and turkey without skin
  • Ground chicken/turkey breast
  • Lean meats
  • 97% fat-free lunch meats
  • Pork or beef loin, round, or flank cuts
  • Fat-free hot dogs
  • Fat-free turkey bacon
  • Natural or low-fat peanut butter, nut butters
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Eggs, up to four yolks per week
  • Egg substitutes
Sweets, Fats:
  • Nonfat cream cheese
  • Low-fat or fat-free dressings
  • Olive oil
  • Canola oil
  • Trans-fat-free margarine
  • Sugar-free Popsicles
  • Sugar-free gelatin
  • Cocoa powder
Beverages:
  • Water
  • Nonfat/skim or 1% milk
  • Vegetable juice
  • Sugar-free soda
  • Crystal Light
  • Sugar-free Kool-Aid
  • Gatorade Propel

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