Understanding the Protein Food Group (Food Models)

Foods in the protein group include poultry, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds and meat. These foods play an important role providing protein and other nutrients for your health.

From serving sizes and nutrients per serving, National Dairy Council can help explain the protein 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 protein food group. To download the original Food Models Protein Group resource, please click the download button on the right and see our tips below. 

Bacon

Black Beans

Black-eyed Peas

Bologna

Chicken Nuggets

Fish Sticks

Fried Chicken

Fried Egg

Ground Beef Hamburger

Halibut

Ham

Hard-Cooked Egg

Hot Dog

Hummus

Italian Sausage

Lentils

Navy Beans

Peanut Butter

Peanuts

Pork Chop

Pork Sausage

Refried Beans

Roast Beef

Roasted Chicken

Salmon

Scrambled Egg

Shrimp

Steak

Sunflower Seeds

Tofu

Tuna

Turkey

Walnuts

*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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