The first thing that comes to mind when I think of celery is that it takes more calories to crunch down a stalk of celery than it gives you.
This true fact is perfect for loosing weight, but why eat it at all if celery takes more than it gives?
Fortunately, calories are not the only thing foods do for the body.
Celery has tremendous anti-inflammatory health benefits, especially for the digestive tract itself.
Celery is also a non-starchy vegetable, so Paleo people and the other low-carb dieters need not worry about eating it.
There’s also the matter of antioxidants, like Vitamin C, flavonoids, and about a dozen others. That’s for cancer protection.
I could say tons more about celery’s health benefits, but I think you get the idea.
There is nothing bad you can really say about this elegant vegetable’s health pedigree. Remember, I mentioned earlier it takes more calories to eat it than celery actually contains?
As for celery’s other star qualities of taste and texture, I cannot say enough about how refreshing it is to munch a bit of raw celery in winter salads (especially along with grape tomatoes), or how enjoyable this vegetable is in a stir-fry or vegetable sauté.
I have a habit of cooking a bunch of “vegetables” as part of dinner.
Rather than follow a recipe, I’ll often choose whatever’s in the fridge that needs to be used, as long as the vegetables go together.
Long-lasting stalks of celery are always a welcome addition to the medley.
Examples of good combinations include:
- Celery, turnips, and baby bok choy?
- Celery, onions, and carrot?
- Celery, garlic, and cabbage?
- Celery, mushrooms, and grape tomatoes?
The possibilities for celery are endless!
How About Cream of Celery Soup?
Isn’t soup the greatest thing, because it’s so easy to make?
As long as you throw the right ingredients into the pot, you are all set for a comforting meal in about an hour’s time.
A soup is filling enough to enjoy as a main course for lunch or dinner.
Even if your bowl of soup doesn’t look like a meal, a soup like cream of celery is very satisfying, due to all the vitamin-rich liquid you are taking into your body.
Today, I have for you a lovely cream of celery soup. This savory and satisfying soup has celery as the main ingredient, with a bit of white radish and potato.
I hope you enjoy this soup as much as I do. The ingredients are below. When you're ready to make it, just click on the link under instructions for the full recipe.