Go for a variety of refrigerated, shelf stable, and milk alternatives, when possible.

Prioritize items low in fat and added sugar, when possible.

Shelf Stable

  • Dairy & alternative examples:
    • Milk: 1% or fat free milk, almond milk, and soy milk.
    • Other dairy: yogurt (Greek, plain, flavored), cheese, sour cream, frozen yogurt, and ice cream.
    • Dairy alternative examples: almond milk, soy, coconut milk, and vegan cheese.
  • Prioritize low fat and limited sugar options for milk, yogurt, and ice cream.
  • For cheese, be aware it can be high in sodium.

Shelf Stable

  • Shelf stable examples: shelf stable low fat milk, dry milk, evaporated milk, oat milk, almond milk, and soy milk.
  • Prioritize low fat and limited added sugar products.

Stocking Dairy

  • Organize by like items.
  • Try to offer a lactose free or unsweetened milk alternative.
  • If dairy is not available, encourage leafy greens and okra that are high in calcium.

At this point you might be asking, what about the foods that have more than one food group in it? Where do they fit?

We categorized them into 3 other sections.

  • Meals, Soups, & Entrees
  • Snacks
  • Pantry Staples

Let’s review these categories next.

Check your understanding.

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