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Miss USA 2004's Top Beauty Foods

We can't all be pageant queens, but we can certainly steal tips from them! We sat down with a former Miss USA to talk about her definition of beauty.

"I personally think that true beauty starts within and I think that beauty often is very parallel to health and as long as you're walking in the path of health I think that beauty just emanates from you," says Miss USA 2004 Shandi Finnessey.

Today, she's sharing five of her favorite beauty foods that keep her healthy and glowing.

Shandi says: Coconut oil is probably my favorite because I do everything with it. First of all, it's the best thing to cook with. I also take a spoonful of it and eat it, straight out of the jar. It's got the good fats that your body wants and it makes you have glowing skin and healthy hair and great nails. But also, it can be used as a great hair and skin moisturizer.

Shandi says: Kombucha is bacteria basically, which everyone is like, why do you want to drink bacteria? But it's the healthy bacteria that our digestive track needs and kombucha's got all these healthy little bacterias that are like little warriors that go in there any fight any disease or any grime that's in there. It's most common, in-store form is a kombucha tea -- a fizzy, vinegary tasting drink.

Shandi says: Ginger is really good to aid with digestion. So, a cup of ginger tea after finishing eating just helps to soothe your stomach, aides in digestion, and it's very comforting.

Shandi says: Kale, I think, is the go-to vegetable. A lot of people don't like it because it's so rubbery in texture, but there are ways to work around it. I actually eat kale for breakfast, which people think I'm crazy but it's really great if you saute it for a few minutes or steam it because it's more palatable. It will literally make your skin glow.

Shandi says: It's a complete protein and it's an easily digestible protein that our body recognizes, but the best thing about quinoa is its versatility. Eat it for breakfast like oatmeal or in place of rice or pasta at dinner. It's a great staple to go to at all times. You can just throw in veggies, there are so many things you can do with it.

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Shandi Finnessey, Miss USA 2004

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