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Treat List

In the RENEW Program, we don't believe in being perfect.

Overly-strict diets, restriction, and labeling food with moral terms such as “good” or “bad” doesn’t lead to long-term success.

Lifelong success comes from practicing moderation and learning to choose our treats with intention.

There’s room for treats (not cheats) in everyone’s life!

Below is a list of the items the RENEW Program would consider a treat. These are items that aren't health-promoting but can make life fun when had in moderation.

We'd like you to practice budgeting 2 treats per day, or 14 per week (1 serving = 1 treat).


Fried foods

  • French fries, mozzarella sticks, fried chicken, fried wings, etc.

Red meat

  • Beef, pork, lamb, bison, buffalo, etc.

Processed meat

  • Deli meats, sausages, hot dogs, charcuterie, dried meats, etc.

Foods with > 10g added sugar

Commonly found in...
  • Cakes

  • Cookies

  • Pies

  • Candy

  • Coffee creamers

  • Cereal

  • Gummies

  • Chocolate

  • Dried fruit

  • Nutella

  • Oatmeal

  • Granola

  • Whipped cream

  • Ice cream

  • Frozen yogurt

  • Milkshakes

Beverages with > 10g added sugar

Commonly found in...
  • Fruit juices

  • Sweet tea

  • Lemonade

  • Sodas

  • Sports drinks (Gatorade, PowerAde, etc.)

  • Chocolate milk

  • Hot chocolate

  • Condensed milk

  • Pre-bottled smoothie

"Enriched" flour products

Commonly found in...
  • White pasta

  • White rice

  • White bread

  • Pastries

  • Bagels

  • Donuts

  • Pizza

  • Crackers

  • Pretzels

Items with high amounts of sodium

  • > 600 mg for entree

  • > 300 mg for side dish/snack

Commonly found in...
  • Soups

  • Frozen meals

  • Condiments

  • Restaurant/take-out foods

Highly processed snacks

  • Movie popcorn

  • Chips

  • Veggie chips

  • Cheese puffs

  • Cheese crackers

  • Pudding

  • Syrupy fruit cups

  • American cheese/Velveeta cheese product

Budgeting Treat List
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“Added Sugars.”, American Heart Association, 2 Nov. 2021,

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2021, December 8). Salt. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. (n.d.). Nutrition and weight status. Healthy People 2020. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Budget 2/day or 14/week

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