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The Big Idea: "Anytime" foods keep us healthy. "Sometime" foods aren't healthy, so they're for "sometimes"!

Anytime & Sometime Foods

Eating Well Age 0 to 6 10 Min

Anytime Foods are foods we can eat every day, like fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Anytime foods are:

  • Vegetables—fresh, frozen, steamed, or canned.
  • Fruits—fresh, frozen, dried, or canned (in its own juices).
  • Low-sugar drinks—water, nonfat and lowfat milk, and unsweetened iced teas.
  • Whole grains—whole-grain or whole-wheat breads, pitas, and tortillas; whole-grain pasta; brown rice; oatmeal; hot and cold unsweetened breakfast cereals.
  • Nonfat and lowfat milk and milk productscheese, cottage cheese, milk, and yogurt.
  • Lean meats that are baked, broiled, grilled, or steamed—Beef and pork (trimmed of fat); extra-lean ground beef; chicken and turkey without skin; tuna canned in water; fish and shellfish; beans; tofu; and egg whites

Sometime Foods are foods we should only enjoy once in a while, like cookies, chips, sodas, and snacks high in sugar, fat, and salt. Some sometime foods are:

  • Deep-fried or battered vegetables, or vegetables fried in oil.
  • Fruits canned in syrup.
  • Sweetened breakfast cereals, and non-whole-grain bakery items like doughnuts, muffins, croissants, sweet rolls, crackers, cookies, chips, cakes, and pies.
  • Full-fat milk and milk products, like whole milk, full-fat cheese and spreads, cream cheese, whole-milk yogurt, ice cream, ice milk, frozen yogurt, and puddings.
  • Fatty or fried meats, like fried chicken, hamburgers, or seafood; ribs; bacon; fried chicken; chicken nuggets; hot dogs; deli lunch meats; pepperoni; sausage; salami; and whole eggs cooked with added fat.
  • Sugary or fatty drinks, like whole milk, soda, and fruit drinks with less than 100% juice.