Celery

Celery is a veggie that doesn’t stand out in the average households vegetable intake.

Celery shows up on a veggie and dip tray but where else do we see celery in our day to day food life. I tend to only reach for the celery when I’m making tuna or salmon salad for sandwiches. It’s also an addition to my stews and soups.

This versatile veggie has so much to offer and should be on your regular vegetable rotation.

Crunchy and low calorie celery has many nutritional benefits. It’s great for digestion and contains antioxidants, minerals and vitamins.

Celery is very low in sodium and high in beta-carotene, flavonoids and vitamin C good for immunity. Celery is also rich in phytonutrients that help squash inflammation in your organs, digestive system, blood vessels and cells.

Being low on the glycemic index, celery doesn’t spike blood sugar so it is a great snack for diabetics. Celery offers a good dose of vitamin A, K, potassium and folate.

Benefits of regular celery intake:

  • ANTI-INFLAMMATORY- inflammation is involved in all illness. Celery and celery seed contain 25 anti-inflammatory compounds that help stave off diseases where inflammation is at its source.
  • DIGESTION – celery contains pectin based polysaccharides which aid in digestion. Being high in water content, there is a lot of soluble and insoluble Fiber.
  • BLOOD PRESSURE – Chinese medicine practitioners use celery and celery seed extract to reduce blood pressure.
  • HYPERLIPIDEMIA – is an increase of fat in the blood….often a silent condition that could result in stroke and/or heart disease. Celery has shown positive results in eliminating this condition.
  • NEUROGENESIS – helps to stimulate the growth of nerve cells which improve our ability to learn and have good memory recall.
  • BONUS BENEFITS – helps prevent liver jaundice, urinary tract health, gout, asthma, psoriasis, nausea and fever.

Celery is mainly water, but with fiber, antioxidants selinene, limonene, kaempferol and p-coumaric acid. Big words…just trust me….their good.

A stick of celery also provides a bit of Vitamin K, folate, vitamin A, potassium and vitamin C.

You can eat celery raw or cooked, but raw is best as it provides all the goodness. Pair your celery with dip, cheese, humus, nut butters or juice it with other greens to make a super duper nutritious juice.

CELERY SOUP:

3 oz. butter

1 tbsp. olive oil

10 oz. chopped celery

1 small onion, peeled and chopped

1 medium potato, chopped

4 cups veggie or chicken stock

salt and pepper

1 cup full fat milk or cream

Saute celery and onion in the butter and oil. Add the diced potato after about 10 minutes. Stir to coat the potatoes in the butter and oil. Add stock. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Blend in a blender or use a hand held immersion blender to puree the mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in milk or cream and allow soup to warm to your liking. Serve. Garnish with diced parsley or diced celery. Simple soup.

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