Last week, I was cooking up a warm winter vegetable soup and stopped by our local Natural Grocers to pick up some celery. Much to my surprise this common vegetable was not available. They were completely out! Then I remembered “celery juice” was the new superfood!
If you follow social media then you probably have seen several celebrities sharing their healing stories about this green juice - from mental health to infertility to skin conditions such as eczema and acne. I am not discounting their claims but haven’t we all been here before? Think: goji berries, cacao, turmeric, bone broth, kale, spirulina, lemon water and the list goes on and on. It seems we are always looking for that magic pill to fix it all. I call it the American Way to healing.
Time and time again someone will ask me if they should take a certain supplement or eat a specific food in order to fix their issue and the reality is it isn’t going to be just one thing - one food, one exercise, one herbal supplement, one yoga pose, one juice or one magic pill. Instead looking at all aspects of our health is key.
So getting back to the newest superfood trend or the magic pill - why has it become so popular?
The celery juice movement was spearheaded by Anthony William, known as The Medical Medium and New York Times best selling author of “Liver Rescue” . In his books he refers to celery as a vegetable that can help to restore and heal the liver. Although, there are no scientific studies backing these claims there is no doubt that celery is one of the many nutritious vegetables we should add to our plates.
Celery is rich in vitamins such as folate, potassium, vitamin K plus antioxidants. It is high in fiber which is important for our digestive health. And celery has a high water content of 97% so it’s very hydrating and low in calories. In other words, munching on on a few celery sticks can hydrate us, make us feel full and keep those digestive juices flowing.
So yes, celery is good for us. And yes celery juice can be healing too.
If your ready to buy a juicer and start drinking the green juice daily then keep these tips in mind:
Celery is on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list of foods high in pesticides so always buy organic.
Eat Seasonally. Live Sustainably. Celery is typically grown in the fall and spring - so maybe wait to sip on that green juice in the spring and add some chopped celery to your winter soups and stews.
If you find yourself drinking celery juice daily - know that due to it’s high content of vitamin K it can affect anti-clotting medicines such as Warfarin.
Variety is key! Know that celery isn’t the only vegetable giving us the nutrients our bodies need to stay healthy and strong. Fill your plate first with colorful seasonal nutrient dense plant foods!
During the winter, instead of a glass of cold green juice, enjoy a bowl of warm spicy butternut squash soup!
SPICY BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP
1 T non-hydrogenated coconut oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2T grated ginger
1/2 T curry powder
1/2 t Celtic salt or Himalayan salt
1 medium butternut squash-peeled and cut into chunks
4 cups organic vegetable broth or bone broth
1 t green curry paste
1/2 cup organic unsweetened coconut milk
1 1/2 T maple syrup grade B (optional)
cilantro and lime wedges for garnish
Place a heavy-bottomed 4-quart saucepan over medium heat and add the coconut oil. Add the onions and the ginger. Stir in the curry powder and the salt. Cook, with an occasional stir until soft, about 5-7 minutes, until onions are soft and translucent. Add the squash. Cook until softened.
Add the vegetable broth or bone broth and the green curry paste and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for about a half hour, stirring occasionally, or until the squash is tender. Stir in the coconut milk, sugar and lime. Taste and adjust seasoning with more salt if needed. Garnish with cilantro leaves and or a lime wedge.
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