March is National Celery Month, a celebration of a vegetable that suffers from a bad reputation. While in the past it’s been ridiculed as diet food, the celery is due for a comeback. It’s a good source of folate, vitamin A, and vitamin K. And the vegetable is said to help reduce inflammation, help with digestion, and lower blood pressure. It also has some magnesium and manganese, a mineral that can help with stress-relief.
Listed below are five stress-reducing celery snacks for you to try.
- Green juice. Are you looking for a breakfast beverage that packs in a lot of celery? Try juicing. You’ll need a juicer to make it, but it’s nutritious and worth it. This green juice recipe calls for a cucumber, ginger, four to six Granny Smith apples, mint leaves, and, of course, a small head of celery without the leaves.
- Hot pink juice. If you’re looking for another juice recipe, try this colorful recipe. This recipe includes two beets, three carrots, one lemon, one apple, five kale leaves, ginger, and four stalks of celery. This morning beverage is filled with yummy nutrients, including vitamin B, vitamin C, and phosphorus.
- Fresh salads. Celery makes a delicious addition to your salads. This recipe for a celery salad with walnuts, dates, and pecorino cheese is just one example—it skips the lettuce leaves and uses two pounds of sliced celery instead. Besides the nuts and cheese, this salad also includes shallots. The walnuts in this salad have omega-3 fatty acids, another great nutrient for stress relief.
- Buffalo chicken bites. Buffalo chicken wings and celery go hand-in-hand, and this recipe combines them into one yummy bite. For this recipe, stalks of celery are loaded with spicy chicken and drizzled with ranch dressing. It’s a yummy twist on a classic. If you’re vegetarian, don’t worry! You can substitute the chicken with Honey Sriracha Cauliflower “Wings”.
- Celery critter snacks. Are your children big fans of ants on a log? If so, they’ll love these celery critters. You can make snails by loading celery sticks with peanut butter for the base and using a circular slice of apple, orange, kiwi, or cucumber for the shells. You can then use a cashew for the face. To make celery caterpillars you simply load celery stick with peanut butter and top the spread with grapes, blueberries, or grape tomatoes. You can then use thin celery slices for the caterpillars’ antennae.