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iStock_000019353906_SmallYour shoppers are probably familiar with the MyPlate design of how to best construct a dinner plate. Here’s how to make it even easier for them – show them how to MyPlate a Shopping Cart, as they stroll through your aisles. Daisy Cottage Cheese has a new MyPlate for the Cart handout to help you show consumers how to make the best selections in the store, for healthier eating.

Download the handout here. And when talking about MyPlate in the store, remember:

  • Translate the plate to the cart. Picture imaginary lines in the cart dividing it between grains and vegetables (largest shares), followed by protein, fruits and dairy.
  • Linger in the produce aisle, making half of the cart fruits and vegetables. And in addition to fresh fruits, look for fruits that are frozen, canned (in water or 100% juice) or dried. Eat these throughout the day: at breakfast, top cottage cheese with bananas or strawberries. Choose fruits as snacks, salads, and desserts.
  • Fill the vegetable section of your cart with a variety of colorful vegetables – red, orange, and dark-green veggies like tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and broccoli. Fresh, frozen, and canned vegetables all count.
  • Make at least half your grains whole. When shopping, check the ingredients list on product labels for the words “whole” or “whole grain” before the grain ingredient name. Substitute whole grain choices, like whole-wheat bread and brown rice, for refined-grain breads, bagels, rolls, breakfast cereals, crackers, rice, and pasta as much as possible.
  • Vary your protein food choices. Choose a variety of foods from the protein food group, such as seafood, beans and peas, and nuts as well as lean meats, poultry and eggs. Select meats and ground beef that are at least 90% lean.
  • When it comes to dairy, choose skim or low-fat products. Skim and low-fat dairy have the same amount of calcium and other essential nutrients as whole fat, but less fat and calories. Fill the dairy section of your cart with products like milk, cheese, cottage cheese and yogurt.

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