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Eating Well

Eating healthy is a journey shaped by many factors, including your life circumstances, age, preferences, access to food, culture, traditions, and the personal decisions you make over time. All your food and beverage choices count.

MyPlate Basics


MyPlate offers ideas and tips to help you create a healthier eating style that meets your individual needs and improves your health.

MyPlate is a reminder to find your healthy eating style and build it throughout your lifetime. Everything you eat and drink matters. The right mix can help you be healthier now and in the future. This means:

  • Focus on variety, amount, and nutrition.
  • Choose foods and beverages with less saturated fat, sodium, and added sugars.
  • Start with small changes to build healthier eating styles.
  • Support healthy eating for everyone.

Choose A Colorful Well-Balanced Plate.
What goes in each section of your plate? No matter what you are served, you can still choose to make your meal well-balanced by following the MyPlate guidelines

  • Create Personalized Plates. 
    Can you create your own dinner plate that meets the MyPlate guidelines? Try using the MyPlate, MyState menu tool to test out your ideas.
  • Vegetarian? 
    Learn how to combine plant protein sources to make complete proteins so that you are getting all your amino acids and B vitamins. Make your own MyPlate with Tips for Vegetarians.
  • Competing in Sports? 
    Eating to reach your peak performance level likely doesn't require a special diet or supplements. It's all about working the right foods into your fitness plan in the right amounts. Learn how to Eat Extra for Excellence in the’s Guide to Eat for Sports.

Know Your Rights

School Breakfast and Lunch Programs

Every child in foster care is automatically eligible to receive free meals at school through the federal School Breakfast and School Lunch programs. If you don’t receive free meals at school, talk to your social worker or probation officer. You can also contact the Office of the Foster Care Ombudsperson for help.

Get Cooking

Cooking Tip and Recipes
The secret to cooking is knowing some kitchen basics, learning where to find recipes, and being creative in the kitchen. These ideas from TeensHealth can help. Also, be sure to check out the site’s hundreds of teen-friendly recipes – easy to fix smoothies, soups, salads, dips and wraps, and much more.

What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl
This interactive tool helps with healthy meal planning, cooking, and grocery shopping. The site features a searchable database of healthy recipes, options to build a cookbook, print recipe cards, and share recipes via social media. This tip sheet will help you get started. You also might want to take a look at these youth friendly recipes on the site:

Need Help Now?


California Youth Crisis Line: 1-800-843-5200
Connecting youth to trained counselors and local services, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week  

Your Life Your Voice: 1-800-448-3000

Crisis Text Line
: send text to 741 741 


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Know Your Rights!

If you have questions about your rights or need help with other issues while you are in foster care, contact the Office of the Foster Care Ombudsperson.

Foster Care Ombudsperson
1-877-846-1602 (toll-free helpline)

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