Did You Forget About Celery?
You know when you’ve left your hunger for too long and you need to munch on something IMMEDIATELY, before your hangry kicks in and all hell breaks loose?
No? Yah…….um, me neither (wink wink).
But, if I ever did find myself in this situation I now know that celery can be a great, go to snack!
I was rummaging around in my fridge the other day, frantically searching for some grub and was reminded of snack time as a little kid when I would eat peanut butter on celery and decided to give it a go. One bite in and I was all…..
WHY DID I STOP EATING THIS?!!!
It was so delicious, and two celery stalks smeared with a modest amount of peanut butter later, I was completely satisfied.
So why make celery part of your snack menu?
Lots of bang for your buck! Aside from the brownish area at the base of the stalks, you can eat the entire thing, even the leaves
Healthy hydration: celery has a super high water content and low calorie content
Anti-inflammatory: this green veg contains antioxidants and polysaccharides that are known to act as anti-inflammatory warriors by fighting off free radical damage. (1) Inflammation in the body has been linked to the development or worsening of such conditions as joint pain, kidney and liver infections, skin disorders, irritable bowel syndrome and heart disease. (2) So, this means that celery can support your body to combat these conditions in a natural plant based way!
Detox: celery can help your body detox and rid itself of chemical imbalances. It’s a diuretic which will help your body wash out unwanted substances and it’s also said to help bring energy up if you are feeling stuck or heavy. (3)
Blood pressure: Yep, it’s good for your heart too! “It contains coumarin compounds, which tone the vascular system and help reduce blood pressure by relaxing the muscle tissue in the artery walls and thus enhance blood flow.” (4) Celery also contains potassium which is “an electrolyte that counteracts the effects of sodium, helping to maintain a healthy blood pressure.” (5)
NEED I SAY MORE? This stuff is magical!
That being said, humans have forced most supermarket celery on to the naughty list, AKA the Dirty Dozen. But don’t despair, there is a solution!
Purchase the organic stuff whenever it’s possible…your body and your taste buds will thank you for it!
Clean Your Veg: A great way to clean your veggies is by using water, apple cider vinegar and lemon essential oil. Simply mix about 4-6 cups of water with a cup of vinegar and 10-15 drops of lemon essential oil together in a clean sink and slosh your veggies around for about a minute. Rinse, dry and store.
Now, you may be thinking, “But wait!! What about the peanut butter?” It’s full of heart healthy fats and protein which make it a great accompaniment to celery. I always go for organic, no sugar added goodness. My favourite brand right now is MaraNatha Organic Creamy Peanut Butter. Feel free to use any nut butter you like!
Other places to incorporate celery?
(1) Dr. Axe: Food Is Medicine (2017). 10 Surprising Health Benefits of Celery. (Article) Retrieved from https://draxe.com/benefits-of-celery/
(2) Dr. Axe: Food Is Medicine (2017). 10 Surprising Health Benefits of Celery. (Article) Retrieved from https://draxe.com/benefits-of-celery/
(3) Wood, Rebecca. The New Whole Foods Encycopedia. New York. Penguin Group, 2010. Print.
(4) Wood, Rebecca. The New Whole Foods Encycopedia. New York. Penguin Group, 2010. Print., Page 70.
(5) Ware, Megan RDN LD (December, 2016). Potassium: Health Benefits, Recommended Intake. (Article) Retrieved from http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/287212.php