Celery: Is It Really All That?

February 07, 2019

3 glasses of green smoothies

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).

Celery Detoxifier

  • 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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