Because some people fail to appreciate the unique flavor of celery, its health benefits are often overlooked.
Celery is rich in antioxidants, which protect cells, blood vessels, and organs from oxidative damage. Celery reduces inflammation. Chronic inflammation has been linked to many illnesses, including arthritis and osteoporosis. Celery and celery seeds have approximately 25 anti-inflammatory compounds.
The high water content of celery—almost 95 percent—plus generous amounts of soluble and insoluble fiber support a healthy digestive tract and assists in keeping you regular. One cup of celery sticks contains five grams of dietary fiber.
Celery contains vitamins A, C, and K, plus minerals like potassium and folate. It is also low in sodium and low on the glycemic index, meaning it has a slow, steady effect on your blood sugar. With minerals like magnesium, iron, and sodium, celery can have a neutralizing effect on acidic foods—not to mention the fact that these minerals are necessary for essential bodily functions.
Recipe – Braised Celery
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 Tbsp. flour
2 cups broth
1 head of celery stalk, cut into 2” pieces
Seasonings of your choice, such as onion powder and garlic powder
- Sauté the onion in about two tablespoons of olive oil. When done, add a couple of tablespoons of flour. When the flour has browned a bit, add the two cups of your favorite broth and seasonings.
- Meanwhile, slice up enough celery to fill a casserole dish. You can use either an 8 x 8 or 9 x 13 inches. Since you’ll want to just cover the celery, you may need to adjust the amount of broth depending on the size dish you use.
- Pour the broth over the celery. Cover the dish tightly with foil and bake at 350˚ for about 45 minutes.
- Feel free to experiment with seasonings, adding vegan cheese on top before baking, or sprinkling with French-fried onions when done.