Bay Area Olympian reveals her favorite snacks


Bircher Muesli With California Dried Plums
Makes 4 servings


  • 1 cup coarsely grated unpeeled apple
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped raw natural almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup (about 3 ounces) quartered California pitted dried plums
  • 1- 1/2cups apple juice
  • Grated zest and juice of 1 orange
  • Sliced bananas and yogurt,
For serving In a large bowl, combine apple, rolled and steel-cut oats, almonds, sunflower seeds and dried plums. Add apple juice, orange zest and orange juice; mix well. Refrigerate, covered, overnight or up to 3 days. To serve, portion into bowls and top with bananas and yogurt.

Nutrition Information Per Serving (does not include yogurt and fruit): 421 calories; 0 mg cholesterol; 17 g total fat; 2 g sat fat; 6 g mono fat; 2 g poly fat; 0 g trans fat; 5 mg sodium; 61 g carbohydrate; 12 g protein; 10 g fiber; 510 mg potassium


Pizzettas With Dried Plums And Caramelized Onions
Makes 4 pizzettas


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 small onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 4 (6-inch) round tandoori naan
  • 1 cup crumbled fresh goat cheese
  • 1 cup (about 6 ounces) quartered California pitted dried plums
Heat oven to 400°F. In large skillet, heat olive oil. Add onions, salt and pepper. Cover and cook over medium-low heat until onions are soft. Add rosemary and thyme and cook uncovered, stirring frequently, until onions are golden brown. Place naan on baking sheet; spread 1/3 cup onion mixture on each naan, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Sprinkle evenly with 1/4 cup goat cheese and 1/4 cup dried plums. Bake about 5 minutes or until crust is golden and toppings are hot.

Nutrition Information Per Serving (1 Pizzetta): 464 calories; 13 mg cholesterol; 17 g total fat; 6 g sat fat; 7 g mono fat; 1 g poly fat; 0 g trans fat; 579 mg sodium; 68 g carbohydrate; 14 g protein; 8 g fiber; 431 mg potassium


Risotto With California Dried Plums And Radicchio
Makes 6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 1/2cups Arborio rice
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 6 cups hot low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped arugula
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped radicchio
  • 1 cup (about 6 ounces) quartered California pitted dried plums
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon grated Meyer lemon zest
  • Salt and pepper
  • Shaved Parmesan cheese
In large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until translucent. Add rice and garlic; cook, stirring, about 5 minutes or until rice is hot. Increase heat to medium-high. Add wine; stir until wine is absorbed. Add chicken broth, 1 cup at a time, stirring frequently and letting each addition be absorbed before adding the next addition. When rice is tender and creamy, stir in arugula, radicchio, dried plums, grated cheese and lemon zest; season with salt and pepper. Portion into 6 shallow bowls and garnish with shaved Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Information Per Serving: 272 calories; 19 mg cholesterol; 9 g total fat; 5 g sat fat; 3 g mono fat; 1 g poly fat; 0 g trans fat; 339 mg sodium; 40 g carbohydrate; 11 g protein; 3 g fiber; 484 mg potassium


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About Natalie Coughlin:
Olympic and World Champion swimmer Natalie Coughlin is the most decorated female athlete of both the 2008 Beijing and 2004 Athens Games. She has won a medal in every Olympic event 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. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Natalie is a passionate foodie with a passion for healthy cooking and eating. Among her favorite fruits are California Dried Plums. She cooks with them and snacks on them to help maintain her peak performance. And she often recommends them to her coaches and teammates.

Natlie attended the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned a BA in psychology in 2005. Natalie Coughlin is a paid spokesperson for the California Dried Plum Board.

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