FEATURED FOOD: CELERY
Celery is one of those vegetables that you either really like or really hate. As for me, I like it and should eat a lot more of it because celery is really very healthy. If you check out the nutritional ratings on most sites giving free nutritional data, you will see a nice list of nutrients. One cup of celery chopped will provide around 13-19 calories, no fat at all, a trace of protein, 2 g of fiber, vitamins A, C, K, and other vitamins in small amounts, Calcium at 4% and Iron at 1%; Potassium at 260 mg and Sodium at 80mg. Some sites will rank celery as high in sodium compared to other veggies, but don’t get to bent out of shape over this because the potassium level is higher and potassium helps to regulate the sodium content in your bloodstream.
How to eat and enjoy celery (if you like it):
Wash and prep the whole stalk when you bring it home; this way it is ready to use when you need it. Store in the refrigerator – with other veggies – not fruits. Always store veggies and fruits separately in the fridge and they will typically with last longer.
As a snack:
Cut into lengths of about 3 inches each.
Dip in your favorite low-fat, low-sugar dressing.
Fill it with nut butter (Almond, sunflower, peanut butter, etc.)
Fill it with pimento cheese (I use a non-dairy recipe)
As an added ingredient:
Celery adds a nice flavor to the stuffing that is so traditional with the turkey each year at thanksgiving.
Dice some celery to add to the potato salad.
Dice some celery and add it to a ‘lettuce wrap’ -veggie or chicken.
Try celery in a turkey salad. After you have had enough of the sliced turkey at Thanksgiving, chop up the leftover turkey, add some dill cubes, diced celery, mayonnaise, and season to taste. This makes a nice sandwich on toasted wheat bread.
Try some celery! This whole food was created for us to enjoy for food along with all the other seed bearing plants, green leafy vegetables, and fruits, nuts, and berries – Genesis 1: 29. Enjoy them all for they are the precious resource to us all and for us all. God loves you and cares for you.