Healthy Alphabet Food of the Day Letter [C]

celeryHELLO   FRIENDS

For my letter (c) food of the day you’ll learn about a food in alphabetical order! There are so many dishes you can put together to make with each food and it’s really scrumptious (if they’re new to you-and if you know about it…well enjoy the refreshment!), There are also great benefits to each and to top it off they don’t break the bank when added to your shopping list! Also I’m going to share a recipe from each of these foods that I really really like, are affordable and can easily be introduced to children!

 Celery

Health Benefits- chlorophyll, lowering blood pressure, containing at least eight families of
anti-cancer compounds to combat cancer, the leaves have a pretty high content of vitamin A, whilst the stems are a very good source of vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C with an abundant supply of potassium, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and plenty essential amino acids (for those of you who dont care too much for supplements-this can be a pretty good alternative for your daily BCAA’s). In celery juice (like juicing)…effectively balance the body’s blood pH, neutralizing acidity,

Recipe

Celery Boats

We need:

Tuna, drained 1 (6 ounce) can
Pimento stuffed olive, chopped 1/4 cup
Onions, chopped 2 tablespoons
Capers, drained 1 tablespoon
Salad dressing 2 tablespoons mayonnaise or 2 tablespoons
Celery (3″ pieces) 15 pieces

Total cooking time is 15 mins.

Best Time of Year to Eat This– In my honest opinion I would eat this year round but especially around the holidays in dressings and drinks!!

How to Store

If you’re going to store it in the fridge, wrap the celery in a sealed container or wrap it in a plastic bag or you can even use a damp cloth. Do not leave it at room temperature for too long (as you wouldn’t most produce) as it tends to wilt pretty quickly (guess you can say it’s “time sensitive !! Also if your celery has wilted, sprinkle it with a little water and put it in the refrigerator for a few hours, it will then regain its crispness and under optimal conditions, celery can be stored for up to 7 weeks between 0 to 2 °C (32 to 36 °F). The inner stalks may continue growing if kept at temperatures above 0 °C (32 °F)….WOWzers-future gardener!!! The freshly cut petioles of celery are prone to decay, I know that sucks, but it can be prevented or reduced through the use of sharp blades during processing, gentle handling, and proper sanitation…problem solved!!

Can you Cook This– You can cook celery in soups, beef or chicken stew in a crock pot, in chilies, stir fry, with cabbage or casseroles, you can also eat it raw with a veggie dip, or peanut butter & raisins for (ants on a log), or plain (I do this sometimes). Also when you first cut it up be sure to cut ‘across grain’, when it has been sliced sweat it (cook in a very little oil at low temp til tender) then you add it to what you want and finish cooking!

Where are They Grown– {In California} Ventura, Monterey, Santa Barbara, Ben Benito and San Luis ObispoIn, {the United States} California and Florida, and {In the World} United States, Mexico and Canada.

 Can you be allergic– Yes you could be, celery is among a small group of foods (headed by the infamous peanuts) that appear to provoke, yes provoke  the most severe allergic reactions (scary for some I know it can be. Listen up though, for people with celery allergy, exposure can cause potentially fatal anaphylactic shock, the allergen does not appear to be destroyed at cooking the celery either. Celery root which can be put into drinks—is known to contain even more allergen than the stalk does…wow, but that’s not all about the allergens in celery, the seeds contain the highest levels of allergen content….to read up more on this food you can go to www.wikipedia.org/wiki/celery to read the rest on allergens and/or the food itself!

 

•°˚°•.¸ As Always Health Happiness & Harmony! ¸.•°˚°•

Recipe from: http://delicious-cooks.com/celery-boats.html


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