SOURCE: Almond Board of California

Almond Board of California

February 07, 2011 17:25 ET

Food Network Chef Creates Heart-Healthy Valentine

Ellie Krieger's Limited Edition Almond Tin Comes From the Heart

MODESTO, CA--(Marketwire - February 7, 2011) - Registered dietitian and Food Network star Ellie Krieger has long embraced the nutritional benefits of almonds. To show her heart-healthy appreciations and celebrate National Almond Day on February 16th, Krieger has designed a limited edition almond tin in partnership with Almond Board of California.

"As a registered dietitian and chef, I'm always using almonds as a delicious ingredient when creating nutritious recipes," says Krieger, host of Cooking Channel's Healthy Appetite and award-winning author of "So Easy." "Almonds also make a great, heart-smart snack -- and I've designed a new limited-edition tin to make it easier to satisfy cravings and avoid less than ideal food choices, especially when you're on the go."

The limited edition almond tin featuring an Ellie Krieger-inspired design will be available spring 2011 online at AlmondBoard.com/shop. The tin holds a single serving of almonds (about 23), the perfect portion to help make smart snacking an absolute cinch. The compact container is fashionable, smart and easily slips into a purse, jacket pocket, gym bag or brief case, so those delicious, nutritious, crunchy almonds are there when you need a quick bite.

"Consumers love our almond tins because they're cute, trendy and it helps them snack smart, wherever they might be," says Melissa Mautz, Manager of North America Consumer Marketing for the Almond Board of California in Modesto. "They're also a great gift, destined to become the envy of every purse!"

Research shows almonds love hearts even more by helping maintain healthy cholesterol levels. In fact, in 2003, the FDA suggested that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as almonds, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease. One serving size of almonds has 13 grams of unsaturated fat and just one gram saturated fat, making the California Almond an integral part of the "good fat" gang.

Almonds are the perfect Valentine for your heart. It's love at first crunch.

About California Almonds

Consumers all over the world enjoy California Almonds as a natural, wholesome and quality food product, making almonds California's leading agricultural export in terms of value. The Almond Board of California promotes almonds through its research-based approach to all aspects of marketing, farming and production on behalf of the more than 6,000 California Almond growers and processors, many of whom are multi-generational family operations. Established in 1950 and based in Modesto, California, the Almond Board of California is a non-profit organization that administers a grower-enacted Federal Marketing Order under the supervision of the United States Department of Agriculture. For more information on Almond Board of California or almonds, visit AlmondBoard.com.

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