You may think celery root looks unusual on the outside, but wow – the inside of this incredible vegetable is beautiful! The creamy white flesh has a sweet, and nutty flavor, smooth texture, and tremendous nutritional benefits. At only 42 calories for an entire cup, zero fat and zero cholesterol, you can enjoy eating celery root for a snack, appetizer or main meal as often as you like!
Celery root is a very good source of fiber, vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium, manganese, phosphorus and vitamin C.
You can eat celery root either raw or cooked. The inside of this vegetable has a crispy texture when raw, and silky smooth when cooked. You don’t want to get celery root confused with celery stalks. When you eat celery root; you are actually eating the root, not the leaves or stalk.
Celery root is available in your grocery store year round. Pick the roots that have the smoothest skin; as this will make it easier to peel. They should feel firm, without any soft spots. You can store in your refrigerator in a plastic bag for about two weeks. When you are ready to eat; either raw or cooked, trim the leaves and the root end. Cut off the skin of your celery root, which will be rather thick. Now, you are ready to eat or cook!
There are many ways to enjoy eating this nutritional power food. You can substitute celery root in place of higher carb potatoes. Cooked celery root can be mashed just like potatoes! Just cut into cubes, and boil until tender. Mash, and add a very small amount of light butter or olive oil with garlic and enjoy!
You can also add celery root to your low calorie vegetable soups, or stir fries. Toss a few slices or small pieces of this tasty treat on top of your salad.
For added variety to your vegetable platter, try some raw celery root! For a cold refreshing salad, grate some celery root and mix with lemon juice, chopped parsley, mustard, a grated green apple, and a very small amount of low fat mayonnaise; or low fat yogurt.
You can also grill or roast your celery root! Use your imagination and have some fun. Everyone will love this new great flavor, and will enjoy losing weight at the same time.
The Power Blast!
Calories: one cup, boiled 42 calories
Protein: 1 g
Fiber: 2 g
Vitamin C: 5.6 mg
Calcium: 40.3 mg
Potassium: 268 mg
Sodium: 95 mg
Saturated Fat: 0