Chaka Khan, one of R&B and funk music's greatest talents, took the stage at the 2012 Essence Music Festival on Sunday. But before entering the spotlight down here in New Orleans, Khan spoke to The Root about her weight loss, secrets to living a healthy life and learning to enjoy tasty food that's also good for her.

"You can get [soy] hot wings, honey โ€ฆ that taste fantastic," she told us. "You can eat โ€” and have fun eating."

Watch the interview below: