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Eat Better, Live Better: Miss America Shares Healthy Recipes For Kids

01/25/2017 08:00AM ● By Hood Magazine

By Avera Health


Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields is taking her message of “Eat Better, Live Better” all across the United States. During a recent stop in Sioux Falls, she teamed up with Avera and Hy-Vee to show local kids how much fun it can be to make healthy snacks and how delicious it can be to eat them.

“Healthy foods will help you run as fast as you want, jump as high as you want and think as much as you can,” she told them.

It’s never too early – or too late – to start eating healthier. Shields described how eating nutritious food provides both fuel and medicine for your body. When you make a habit of enjoying good, whole foods you’re on the way to a better quality of life.

“She’s a tremendous role model,” said Kimberlee McKay, MD, an obstetrics and gynecology physician with Avera Medical Group and former Miss South Dakota, who also participated in the event. “Food is a very good way to prevent medical issues, but what many don’t realize is that when you go from eating in an unhealthy way to eating a healthy way, you just feel better. You’re more focused. Your energy level throughout the day is going to benefit too.”

Invite your family to make Miss America’s recipes below. Enjoy!


Miss America Parfaits 



  • 1, 8 ounce container of low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract or ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 ounces of light whipped dessert topping
  • 3 cups fresh raspberries and/or cut-up fresh strawberries
  • 3 cups fresh blueberries


In a large bowl, stir together yogurt and almond extract or vanilla. Fold in whipped topping. To serve, in six 12-ounce glasses or dessert dishes, alternate layers of the berries with layers of the yogurt mixture. Makes 6 servings.


Veggie Snail 



  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Chives
  • Cucumber
  • Kix cereal
  • Spread of choice: cream cheese, hummus, guacamole or peanut butter


Slice a piece of celery about 3 inches long. Shave a bit off the back of the celery stick with a knife so it sits flat. Fill the celery with your favorite spread. Prop a cucumber slice and two pieces of chives or two carrot slivers in the cream cheese or hummus. Make Kix “eyes” by drawing a dot with the black food marker on two pieces of cereal. Place on the front of the snail.