Happy National Celery Month!
Celery is a vegetable that most people have a love-hate relationship with. There are so many reasons to love it. It keeps you feeling full with just 6 calories per serving, and it can be said to be one of the world’s healthiest vegetable with a ton of antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber for the natural boost your day. The downside? It’s really not that tasty. Try crunching down a raw celery stalk, or juicing it up and making some celery juice. Chances are you’ll reach for something else to rinse the bitter taste in your mouth or spit out a ball of floss from the fibrous vegetable in your hand. Not the way we want to start off National Celery Month...
To help, here are some easy ways to eat celery that will change your mind to give it a second chance.
A raw stalk of celery is straight, boring, and unappetizing. Use a vegetable peeler to slice the celery stalk into thin curls and you’ll have a snack that is attractive and strangely more appetising. You can eat it as a garnish atop your favorite soup or toss it over salads. Add an element of fun in your veggie noodle by mixing in celery "noodle" curls. Better yet, ditch popcorn and have celery straight from the peel curled in bed with Netflix.
Ants on a Log
It’s a classic snack, but fret not, nobody needs to forage for ants in the garden- we have better sources of protein available in this day and age. All you will need is some peanut butter (make your own!) and some “ants”. You can use cranberries, nuts, seeds, cereal or anything you like. Spread the peanut butter over the washed and trimmed bite sized celery stalks. Then, garnish the top of the peanut butter with your preferred choice of “ants”. You wouldn’t even realize you are eating celery. Feel free to substitute peanut butter with almond butter or any nut butter of your choice.
Celery Cilantro Cocktail
Want something to cool down in the evening? We came across this great cocktail recipe from skinnytaste.com, which puts our favorite vegetable in the spotlight. Replace the alcohol with more seltzer juice to make it a mocktail.
You will need:
1 oz Absolut Citron
3 tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice
2 tbsp simple syrup (or 1 tbsp agave, 1 tbsp water)
5 inch piece celery
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
2 tbsp seltzer
If the taste of raw celery is just too much to bear, cooking the vegetable will tone down the bitterness to reveal a subtle sweetness. We’ve adapted a classic leek and potato soup to bring you a nutrient packed Celery Root Soup, made with an assortment of root vegetables and a dash of ginger for that asian flair. This is comfort food without the guilty indulgence.