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What if I want to substitute one diet food for another one? Maybe you just can't stand green peas, or you're allergic to milk. If you feel that a selection must be changed, substitute with the same food group. Staying within the same food group will assure that your calories stay consistent and the quality of your vitamins and minerals is secure.
- Bread Group
- cereal, pitas, English muffins, dried peas and beans, crackers, pasta, tortillas, couscous and starchy vegetables such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, baked beans or corn.
- Vegetable Group
- leafy greens including lettuce, endive, escarole, romaine, spinach, kale, collard or turnip greens, raw or cooked carrots, celery, bean sprouts, onions, pea pods, tomatoes, cucumber, water chestnuts, broccoli, asparagus, green beans, squash, peppers, artichoke hearts, eggplant, or Brussels sprouts.
- Fruit Group
- 100% juice, mango, berries, banana, apple, cherries, papaya, melon, citrus, kiwi, grapes, peaches, peas, and plums.
- Milk Group
- fat free or low fat milk, soymilk, yogurt, cheese, cottage chesse.
- Meat Group
- turkey, chicken, egg, egg substitute, fish, sea food, lean red meat, lean pork, lamb, duck, pheasant, tofu, dried beans, and peanut butter.
- Fats, oils, sweets
- butter, margarine, sugar, jelly, mayonnaise, salad dressing, sour cream, cream cheese, soft drinks, alcohol.