Celery is a vegetable grown in bunches with individual stalks, including the celery greens at the top which are edible as well; although stalks are mostly consumed. Celery just isn’t “rabbit food” or diet food because of it’s low calorie content; it’s also extremely hydrating with it’s high water content and helps with inflammation and beating the bloat!
How to use | use raw as a snack, in salads, smoothies, juices, or sauteed in soups, skillet meals, or stews. My favorite way to enjoy celery is a classic: celery sticks with almond butter smeared on top with dark chocolate chips or goji berries!
Nutrient breakdown of CELERY | *per 100g, ~1 cup
Fiber | 1 cup of celery contains 2g fiber
Vitamin A | 9% DV
Vitamin C | 5% DV
Vitamin K | 37% DV
Folate | 9% DV
Calcium | 4% DV
Potassium | 7% DV
Manganese | 5% DV
Sodium | 3% DV
Magnesium | 3% DV
Antioxidants | phenolic acids, flavones, flavonols, phytosterols, etc.
Celery isn’t just a low calorie food to consume when you’re “dieting”, but one to incorporate on a daily or weekly basis. I include celery both in my Stripped Green Smoothie and Stripped Green Juice for several reasons; the flavor, water richness, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory compounds found within this vegetable. Celery is also a great source of vitamin C which we know helps fight free radicals and protect our cells from damage. Since celery contains a unique type of fiber, pectin, it’s great for our digestive systems by product anti-inflammatory benefits to improve our digestive health. The vitamins and minerals coupled with these antioxidants found in celery also are great for general cardiovascular health. Celery is also one of my Beauty Foods and used in my Beach Babe Guide as a natural way to beat the bloat!
Where to purchase | health food stores, grocery stores, or farmers markets. Purchase organic as much as possible, celery are one of several foods on the “dirty dozen” list from the EWG- meaning foods that contain the most pesticide residue (which isn’t a good thing!).
Tips and tricks | celery is one of several vegetables that regrow once planted. Check out this how-to.
Note: Some people may be allergic to celery and experience an “oral allergy syndrome” where one may have an itchy throat, nose, ears, etc. Celery may also be an allergen food for some and cause anaphylactic shock. The former, oral allergy syndrome, is not as severe as a an attack and can be moderately tolerable with some.