Whole Plants

Vegetables (emphasize leafy greens), legumes, fruits, intact whole grains, nuts and seeds.

Plant-Based Minimally Processed

Whole plant foods that are 1 to 2 steps away from nature with minimal ingredients (i.e. whole grain: pasta, bread and cereal).

Plant-Based More Processed

Processed plant fragments often combined with other ingredients (i.e. white bread, protein bars, plant-based cheese products).

Salt, Oil and/or Sugar (SOS)

Salt, oil or sugar has been added during food preparation, cooking or afterwards (i.e. sweetened beverages and most packaged foods).

Animal Products

Any food item derived from any animal source (i.e. beef, fish, poultry, and all dairy: yogurt, cheese, milk, etc., lunch meats, fried foods).