Sacramento, Calif. (October 19, 2009) – Natalie Coughlin, Olympic gold medalist and World Champion swimmer, is the new California Dried Plum Board spokesperson.
 
In her role as spokesperson, Coughlin, an advocate of healthy eating and lifestyle choices, has created new recipes featuring California Dried Plums.  Considered to be one of the world’s best athletes, she also possesses a passion for cooking and has participated in a series of cooking and other promotional videos for the California Dried Plum Board.
 
“California Dried Plums are one of my favorite healthy snacks. I sometimes nibble on them like candy and I recommend dried plums to my family, friends, teammates and coaches," says Coughlin. “They’re also a versatile flavor accent that can enhance both sweet and savory dishes."
 
With her busy schedule and high-pressure life, Coughlin’s definition of a healthy lifestyle includes preparing her own meals and fueling up with whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean protein. She loves to enjoy the bounty of her own garden, and stresses the importance of simple, seasonal, nourishing foods, including plenty of fruits and vegetables.
 
“Natalie is a passionate foodie with an enthusiasm for healthy cooking and eating. We were thrilled to learn that she loves California Dried Plums and appreciates their many benefits as a superfruit and nutrient-dense powerhouse," says Rich Peterson, executive director of the CDPB.
 
About Natalie Coughlin
 
Coughlin, who is represented by Octagon, is the most decorated female athlete of both the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and 2004 Athens Olympic Games.  Coughlin has won a medal in every single Olympic event that she has ever entered, for a total of 11 Olympic medals. 
 
In 2008, she became the first American female athlete to win six medals in one Olympiad, in addition to becoming the first woman to win consecutive individual Olympic gold medals in the 100m backstroke. She is also the most decorated female swimmer in World Championship history, with 16 medals.
 
Coughlin, who is currently a cast member of season nine of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, is active in social media through Facebook and Twitter that can be accessed through her web site, www.nataliecoughlin.com.  Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Coughlin attended the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned a BA in psychology in 2005.
 
About California Dried Plums
 
California Dried Plums are a sensational superfruit due to their unique phytochemicals not commonly found in other fruits, which translates into unique health benefits. They contain important vitamins and minerals, including some B vitamins, potassium, magnesium, boron, antioxidant power and fiber. California Dried Plums help individuals achieve good digestive health, support immune function and bone health. In addition, this nutrient-dense dried fruit has plant-based nutrients called polyphenols, which may delay glucose absorption, inhibit LDL cholesterol oxidation and protect against heart disease and cancer.
 
For Natalie Coughlin’s signature recipes, please visit www.tummywise.com and http://www.californiadriedplums.org/Recipes/
Bircher Muesli with California Dried Plums
Mesclun Salad with California Dried Plums, Goat Cheese and Pecans
Pizzettas with California Dried Plums and Caramelized Onions
Risotto with California Dried Plums and Radicchio
 
 
About the California Dried Plum Board (CDPB): The CDPB represents 900 dried plum growers and 20 dried plum packers under the authority of the California Secretary of Food and Agriculture. Revered as part of California’s rich history, the dried plum remains a vital player in California’s economic wealth. Natalie Coughlin is a paid spokesperson for the CDPB.