Understanding the Dairy Food Group (Food Models)

Creamy and delicious, dairy foods like milk, cheese and yogurt are also nutrient-rich, contributing significant nutrition to American’s diets.

From serving sizes and nutrients per serving, National Dairy Council can help explain the dairy food group with our online food models.

The food models are images that convey the serving size and provide nutrient content information of commonly enjoyed foods from the dairy food group. To download the original Food Models Dairy Group resource, please click the download button on the right and see our tips below. 

Fat-Free Milk

2% Reduced-Fat Milk

2% Reduced-Fat Milk 

Whole Milk

Chocolate Milk

1% Low-Fat Chocolate Milk

2% Reduced-Fat Chocolate Milk

1% Low-Fat Strawberry Milk

American Cheese

Cheddar Cheese

Cottage Cheese



Muenster Cheese

Parmesan Cheese

String Cheese


Swiss Cheese

Frozen Yogurt


Low-Fat Fruit-Flavored Yogurt


Low-Fat Plain Yogurt

Non-Fat Plain Yogurt

Blueberry Drinkable Yogurt

Squeezable Yogurt

Soft Serve Ice Cream

Ice Cream




*Note: Images are not life size or to scale.

Tips: By printing the PDF as double-sided, you can create your own Food Models cards. Simply print and cut out each item. Consider laminating the cut outs for additional durability. 

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