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What Miss USA 2014 Eats (Almost) Every Day

Crown-Worthy Snacks and Meals

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Don’t mess with Nia Sanchez! The brunette beauty, who holds an impressive fourth degree black belt in taekwondo, has been crowned the new Miss USA. The stunning 24-year-old Miss Nevada says it was learning self-defense that broke her out of her shell when she was younger to become the fit and fierce woman she is today. “I was eight years old and had just moved to a new city with my dad and brother. I was so incredibly shy so my dad put me in taekwondo. Eventually, I fell in love with the empowerment of it, so I started teaching when I was 12 and become certified by the time I turned 15.”

Sanchez certainly packs a big punch when it comes to promoting a healthy lifestyle, so we went one-on-one with the beauty queen to talk about what she eats (almost) every day to be so strong from the inside out.

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Fresh Juice

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“I really like to make juices. It’s so easy and healthy at same time. I do kale, spinach, apple, pineapple, and celery and mix it all together,” she says. “I love sugar so this quenches my sweet tooth while still being good for you.”

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Green Tea

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“I do green tea almost every morning, and chamomile tea at night,” she says. “And of course, lots and lots of water.”

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Scrambled Eggs

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“I’m definitely a breakfast girl. I have to eat right when I wake up. I love a hearty breakfast like eggs, oatmeal, and fresh fruit,” she says. “I’ll do scrambled egg whites with peppers and seasoning salt, and sprinkle some cheese on top. Sometimes I’ll sprinkle a little bacon in as well.”

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Chicken, Veggies, and Rice

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“For lunch or dinner, I’ll usually have green beans or broccoli with some kind of lean meat like chicken, tuna, or turkey. For carbs, I’ll make sweet potatoes or brown rice,” she says. “I always just make sure to have all my main food groups in there: protein, veggies, and carbs.”

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Salted Almonds

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“I always carry almonds with me, and they have to be salted. I have to have a little extra flavor,” she says. “They’re so good to have on the go. I like to make my food ahead of time, so they’re perfect. If I can’t get almonds, I’ll substitute little tuna packets because they’re also so easy to take with you as a healthy snack.”

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Protein Shakes

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“Protein shakes make another great snack. I love vanilla so I can throw in strawberries or I’ll make it with bananas and nutmeg,” she says. “It’s so yummy and fulfilling.”

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Enchiladas

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“I really enjoy making enchiladas, especially when I have friends, family, or my boyfriend over,” she says. “I try to keep it healthy with chicken and I use whole wheat tortillas instead of the regular. I also lighten up on the cheese. I just love making healthy dishes.”

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Cookie Dough

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“When I was training for Miss USA, I had five meals a day and would work out once a day, but I would have to have my sweets,” she says. “I know it’s so terribly bad for you, but I love raw cookie dough chunks. I have a strong sweet tooth. If I’m at a restaurant, I won’t hesitate ordering the warm cookie with the vanilla ice cream on top.”

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