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Vegucation: Celery

You might have heard that celery is good for you because you burn more calories chewing it than you do consuming it. Although this is a myth, celery is still a healthy snack and addition to meals. 

About Celery

It was first used in cooking in 16th century Italy. Before that, celery was used in ancient Chinese medicine and during the Middle Ages to treat conditions like insomnia, hypertension, and arthritis. People back then thought it purified the blood. Celery belongs to the same plant family as parsley and carrots. 

Why is it beneficial?celery chopped

Celery is full of nutrients to be so full of water. In fact, it is 95% water, so it makes the perfect snack for staying hydrated in the warmer months. It has vitamins K, C, B6, and B9 (folate) and minerals like potassium. Because of these nutrients, celery has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Eating celery regularly can detox the liver, reduce bloating, prevent infection, and even protect against cancer. 

When is it in season?

You can usually find celery in July and August in Tennessee. Sometimes it comes early or later depending on the weather. Try to buy organic celery whenever possible.

How long will it keep?

Fresh celery stalks will last 5-7 days in the refrigerator. Only wash the stalks you are about to use. Celery leaves are also edible and have the same health benefits.

How can I prepare celery?

There are many ways to eat celery besides the traditional ants on a log snack. Here are a few ideas:

  • Chop up the stalks and the greens and add it to soups. This is especially great when you’re sick.
  • Add the stalks to a juice. It goes great with cucumber and lemon or lime. (Don’t try adding celery to a smoothie because the stalks are too tough. They might tear up your blender.)
  • Sliced celery makes a great crunchy addition to stir fries. 

celery juice

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Vegucation: Golden Beets

About Golden Beetsgolden beets

People have known about the health benefits of beets since Ancient Rome. There are even historic texts describing them in hanging gardens in Babylon. Beets are actually the second largest source of natural sugar next to cane sugar, so it’s no wonder they have been around so long. Beets come in many varieties like red, white, golden, and striped, but golden beets have the sweetest and mildest flavor. They are much less earthy-tasting than your common red beet. 

Why are they beneficial?

Golden beets are full of nutrients like vitamins C and A, iron, potassium, and antioxidants. All of these nutrients work to keep your heart healthy, cleanse your kidneys and liver, lower blood pressure, and promote healthy skin and eyes. Beets are especially good for athletes because they give you natural energy and improve endurance. Eating beets or drinking beet juice before a big event can improve your athletic performance. 

When are they in season?

Peak seasons for golden beets in Tennessee are usually spring and fall. They may come earlier or later depending on the weather. 

 How long will they keep?

Separate the beet root from the beet greens. Store them in separate bags in the refrigerator. The greens are edible, but they will only last a few days in the refrigerator. The beet roots will keep for around two weeks. You’ll know they’re still fresh if the root is firm. 

 

beets close upHow do I prepare them?

You’ll need to clean the beets before you cook with them. Peel any parts that look too tough to eat, but keep as much of the skin on as possible to preserve the nutrients. Peel your beets completely if they are not organic to avoid ingesting any pesticides. With golden beets, you don’t have to worry about the juice staining countertops or clothes. 

You can eat golden beets in a variety of different ways:

  • Roast them in the oven alone or with other hearty vegetables like carrots or sweet potatoes. Just coat in olive oil and seasoning of your choice. 
  • Make homemade pickled beets. This is a good idea if you have a large quantity and won’t be able to eat them all before they go bad.
  • Juice them! The flavor of golden beets goes well with citrus and ginger. 

Although the flavor of beets might not appeal to you at first, try them prepared different ways to find the way you like them. Then reap the benefits!

 

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