Healthy Ingredient of the Week – Celery

Although celery isn’t the most glamorous of vegetables, it has a lot going for it.  Celery is a good source of fiber and Vitamin A and an excellent source of Vitamin K.  Celery is also extremely low in calories and is sometimes considered a “negative-calorie food.”  Although it does contain calories (16 per cup), most people end up burning more calories digesting celery’s fibrous coating than they consume from the actual celery.  Most often, celery is served alongside other foods, so you won’t experience a calorie deficit every time you eat it.  You can, however, ensure that you’re supplementing celery’s health benefits by serving it alongside other nutritious foods, like in the recipe below.

Tuna with Celery and Walnuts 

Ingredients
4 ounces tuna packed in water, drained
2 tablespoons very finely diced celery
2 tablespoons chopped toasted walnuts
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon finely minced olives
1 teaspoon finely minced fresh parsley
½ teaspoon lemon juice
Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
12 whole wheat crackers

Instructions

  1. Combine the tuna, celery, walnuts, olive oil, olives, parsley and lemon juice in a medium bowl and season with pepper.
  2. Top the crackers with the tuna mixture and serve.

Recipe adapted from Food Network

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