Shandon Benjamin Fox has tried to shed the misconception that southern cuisine cannot be nutritious.

When she opened 1 Foxy Lady restaurant in Springfield in July 2020, she wanted to provide meals that fused the southern style she learned from her mother and grandmother with the culinary options she did not know existed during her childhood in Moncrief.

The vegan breakfast gyro, vegan sandwich and spin-off on grits and sausage have been menu staples for years. Wednesday, they became the foundation that helped 1 Foxy Lady become the first local Blue Zones-approved restaurant.