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Parents' Guide and Resources Grocery Shopping - The five food groups

Maggie LaBarbera • RN, MBA • Feb 14, 2012

When you are creating your shopping list, think about the five food groups.  

These are the foods on My Plate, that provide the nutrition your family needs.

vegetable food group

fruit food group

grains food group

dairy food group

protein food group

Grocery Shopping List - Organized by Food Groups

To help you get started, we have a shopping list that is organized by food groups.          

Here is one that already has customary foods that are common part of a healthy meal plan.  Just check the ones on the list you need.

Print a Printable Healthy Foods Grocery Shopping List      grocery shopping healthy foods

Or you can print our blank shopping list that is organized by food groups.

Print a Blank Printable Grocery Shopping List

Print a Nutrients Claim Reference Sheet for your next trip to the grocery store.


Finding The Five Food Groups In The Grocery Store

The grocery store is organized very much like the five food groups.  Here are where you can find the food groups.

Food Group Grocery Section Shopping Tips
Vegetable food group
Produce Aisle
Canned Goods 
Freezer Aisle
Salad Bar
Buy a variety of colors especially green leafy and orange vegetables.
Fruit food group
Produce Aisle
Canned Goods
Freezer Aisle
Salad Bar
Pasta, Rice & Bean Aisle
Buy a variety of colors.  It is better to eat fruit.  If you are buying juice buy 100% fruit juice.
Grains food group
Bread Aisle
Pasta & Rice Aisle(s)
Cereal Aisle
Look for 100% whole grains.
Dairy food group
Dairy Case
Refrigerated Aisle
Select lowfat (1%) and fat-free dairy foods.
Protein food group
Meat & Poultry Case
Seafood Counter
Egg Case
Dry Beans and Legumes Aisle
Canned Goods 
Snack Isle
Go lean with your protein and vary the kinds of protein your family eats.  Nuts, seeds, beans, peas and fish are al great sources of protein!










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Written by Maggie LaBarberaWritten on Feb 14, 2012Last updated on Jun 13, 2014




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