Celery: Is It Really All That?
If you follow food trends, you probably already know that celery is clearly having a breakout moment — food professionals, wellness bloggers, and chefs alike are crushing hard on it.
Why, exactly, has celery suddenly exploded?
One of the buzziest reasons: celery juice. Devotees are posting thousands of instagrams, rhapsodizing about its sweeping health benefits, while most doctors remain skeptical of the miracle of celery juice claims.
I’m not a believer that any single vegetable is a magical superfood, curing all ills.
However, here’s what I do believe experts agree on.
- Celery is a great source of vitamin K, potassium and flavonoids — compounds that have been shown in studies to help keep electrolyte balance, function as antioxidants, and can help lower blood pressure and inflammation.
- It’s also a great source of fiber; the carbs in celery are from fiber so it’s good for Paleo or Whole 30 diets.
- Celery is believed to be helpful in detoxifying the liver.
Everyone who knows me will tell you I’m a big fan of “green drinks” — often roaming about the office with my quart jar of special elixir. My green drinks are always made in a Vitamix so the fiber remains in the drink, not extracted from using a juicer.
My green drink recipe is pretty free form. It’s also remarkably similar to the Vogue recipe that has celebrities gushing over its skin brightening effects (caveat: non-medically proven).
- 1½ cups celery, chopped
- ½ cup frozen chopped pineapple (or apple or pear)
- ¼ cup fresh mint leaves
- Blend all ingredients in a Vitamix (or similar high powered blender)
Note: I often switch it up by substituting one or more of these ingredients: a handful of chopped parsley, juice of a lemons, a knob of ginger root, ½ chopped English cucumber.
Looks like celery has a life beyond the crudités platters.
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