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Haile Thomas, age 11 talks about her trip to the White House to meet the First Lady

Wednesday, Aug 22, 2012

Haile Thomas's family gave up eating white rice after learning her dad is diabetic, and began experimenting with healthier foods.

Haile Thomas, age 11

Haile's took to the project right away and created a salad recipe using quinoa, a protein-packed grain along with black bean and corn salsa. They serve the salad hot or cold with tacos or just about anything else, like shrimp, chicken, pork, fish, or lean red meats.

Haile's mom, Charmaine, reports the secret to its success is that "all the kids love it, the ingredients are affordable, it's easy to make, and it's just plain good."

Recently, Haile won a contest with her recipe and was rewarded with a trip to the White House to meet the First Lady and she told us all about it.

Listen and fall in love with Haile, just like we did, and be sure to visit her website for the recipe and to learn more about her.

credit: The Bobby Rich Morning Mix
caption: Hailey Thomas and her Quinoa, Black Bean, and Corn Salad

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