Fisher® Nuts Partners with Dawn Jackson Blatner RD for American Heart Month

Feb 16, 2016, 11:51 ET from Fisher nuts

CHICAGO, Feb. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of American Heart Month, Fisher® nuts is partnering with registered dietitian, nutritionist and TV star, Dawn Jackson Blatner to host a heart-healthy Twitter party encouraging consumers to make healthier living choices.  Ms. Blatner will also share three heart healthy recipes, including Curried Red Lentils with Walnuts, Zucchini with Lemon Almond Topping and Baked Apples with Walnuts – all made with American Heart Association® certified Fisher nuts*.

"The real secret to eating well is finding healthy food that you love," said Blatner. "I love nuts because they're delicious, super convenient and satisfying because they have the perfect trifecta of fiber + plant protein + healthy fat.  I put a handful on oatmeal, yogurt, salads, or enjoy them with a green apple for a super satisfying crunchy snack."

Nine varieties of Fisher nuts have passed the review process and are certified by the American Heart Association's Food Certification Program as heart healthy.  Select packages of Pecans, Walnuts and Almonds display the Heart-Check mark signifying that the products meet the American Heart Association's® requirements to be certified as heart healthy as part of an overall healthy eating plan.

"We're so thrilled to be partnering with Dawn Jackson Blatner this month to help encourage our consumers to live healthier lives," said Howard Brandeisky, senior vice president of global marketing and customer solutions at John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc., maker of Fisher nuts. "We're also excited to offer over 9 varieties of nuts certified by the American Heart Association®. The Heart-Check mark on select Fisher products gives our consumers the confidence they need to make healthier choices when shopping for their families."

The Heart-Check Food Certification Program, which began in 1995, is one of the longest running established food certification programs. The American Heart Association® has a goal of improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent in the year 2020. The Heart-Check mark helps shoppers identify foods that can be the building blocks to a heart-healthy diet.

Fisher will be sharing more heart healthy tips during the #FisherUnshelled Twitter Party with Dawn Jackson Blatner at 9PM ET on February 16, 2016.

*American Heart Association® certified Fisher nuts include Pecan Halves, Pecan Chips, Chopped Pecans, Walnut Halves & Pieces, Walnut Chips, Chopped Walnuts, Whole Natural Almonds, Sliced Almonds, and Slivered Almonds. Certification does not apply to recipes unless stated.  For more information, see American Heart Association® nutrition requirements at: heartcheck.org/requirements

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke –  the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Fisher

For over 90 years, Fisher® nuts has been providing consumers with high quality and delicious nut products for recipes and snacking.  Recipe-ready ingredients from Fisher feature a convenient stand-up, re-sealable bag. Fisher also offers a variety of snack nuts. For more information, including hundreds of delicious recipes, promotional offers and more, visit www.Fishernuts.com.

About John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc.

John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc., (NASDAQ: JBSS), founded in 1922, is a leading processor, marketer and distributor of baking nuts, snack nuts and nut-based products that are sold in multiple distribution channels. Our products can be found under the Fisher®, Orchard Valley Harvest® and Sunshine Country® brand names and a variety of private brands.

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