13 Sep Celery – The Mighty Stalk & its health benefits
“Celery is a bit like gym membership. We buy it – often in January – as we bask in the righteous glow of our own good intentions. We use it once (in celery’s case, we try to make the leftover Christmas cheese board look virtuous with a few green sticks in a jug of water), then we forget about it for another year. The key difference is that whereas gym membership really is a waste of time and money, celery is actually a very useful, even inspiring, vegetable. It has a peppery crunch and aromatic savouriness that really is too good to ignore, particularly at this time of year when crunch is a rare commodity indeed. Celery’s special qualities come to the fore when it is teamed up with the right companions – and these can often come as quite a surprise.”
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Guardian
Celery is one of those ingredients that you want to – and should – include in everything! Used by the ancient Egyptians and Greeks, this is a vegetable that has numerous health benefits which also adds a lot of flavour to your dishes. A great source of antioxidants and fibre, celery is also rich in vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium and folate.
Health Benefits of Celery
Celery is known to have many great health benefits. Studies have shown that it can lower blood pressure, high cholesterol and inflammation. It can also help aid in digestion, reduce bloating and prevent the formation of painful ulcers in the digestive tract.
And it’s not just the stalks that have health properties – the seeds are great, too! Not only do celery seeds make a great spice, they have anti-microbial properties that help fight infections. Today, the seeds are used mainly as a diuretic, making them perfect for gout and arthritis treatment.
In addition to the above, this crunchy green vegetable is also great for maintaining healthy joints, relieving migraines, treating diabetic conditions, aiding in a good night’s sleep and assisting in the prevention of cancer. That’s not all: it also aids in weightloss!
Rainbow Salad by Laura’s Idea
Celery is featured in our gorgeous Rainbow Salad, a favourite amongst our customers and we’re rather proud of it!
You may have heard that celery contains no calories, but alas, this is but a myth. The stalky vegetable is, however, still a wonderfully low-calorie healthy snack!
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