Celery is often called a “negative calorie food,” so how can you NOT try to eat as much as you can? It’s nutritious, filling, tasty, low-carb, and an excellent delivery device. If you don’t already, reap the benefits of celery by using it regularly in snacks. Don’t forget to eat the leaves too…they have more magnesium and calcium than the stalks.
Celery is a great choice when you have diabetes. Celery fights inflammation, especially in the digestive tract. Inflammation is thought to play a role in insulin resistance. It is also a great source of antioxidants and fiber.
Celery is not only soothing to your stomach, it can also calm your mood. Celery is beneficial for eyes, helps blood pressure, and can help lower bad cholesterol. It is also a helpful for polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Snack Ideas for Celery
Because the celery stalks are so easy to stuff, this is my favorite way to eat it. You surely already know about peanut butter and “ants on a log” (peanut butter with raisins on top). You can also stuff celery sticks with the following:
- Cream cheese or goat cheese. Alone or mixed with other ingredients such as nuts, olives, cranberries, bacon, etc
- Sprinkle a chile lime spice on top of celery sticks such as Tajin.
Other Great Stuffed Celery Ideas
Any recipe that already has celery as an ingredient can be a great potential stuffing. Just omit the chopped celery and stuff the celery stick with the other ingredients.
- Tuna salad (See below)
- Egg salad
- Waldorf salad (chopped apples, walnuts, and raisins mixed with mayo and lemon juice topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg. You could use broccoli and bacon too)
- Potato salad
- Seafood or crab salad
Celery Stuffed with Tuna Salad “Picture Recipe”
I believe we all need to learn to cook with our eyes and personal taste. So I plan to include a lot of “picture recipes” which will be simply pictures and an ingredient list. Hopefully these will inspire you to take the ingredients, judge amounts by feel, and make your own art. I personally make this recipe so that the tuna salad is mostly vegetable (onion and water chestnuts), but you might like it differently.
- Can of tuna
- Chopped onion
- Chopped water chestnuts
- Chopped pickles and a little pickle juice
- Sunflower seeds
- Asian garlic chili sauce
- Dijon mustard
- Garlic salt
- Tajin spice mix sprinkled on top of stuffed celery sticks (optional)
Mix all but Tajin spice mix.
I hope this inspires you to incorporate more celery into your diet. I always have celery on hand and trying new ways to have it. Do you have your own celery stuffing ideas? Please share in the comments!