Celery is a great addition to your green smoothies. A stalk or two does not add a veggie flavor, and it can help cut the sweetness of a smoothie that is “too sweet”.
Celery Nutrition and Health Benefits
Celery is said to have anti-inflammatory properties, which may help with relieve inflammatory aliments such as asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Celery is also a good source of dietary fiber.
Celery contains vitamins A (as beta-carotene) and K with two medium stalks providing 12% and 20% RDA respectively. A medium stalk of celery adds 2% RDA of calcium to your smoothie as well as some healthy, natural sodium.
How To Best Use Celery In A Green Smoothie
Celery has a distinct flavor that can overpower a green smoothie recipe if you add too much. I usually only add one or two stalks in a large recipe. It’s best to use sweet fruit like pineapple or red grapes with mild greens such as spinach or lettuce when you use celery.
If you’re a regular green smoothie drinker, then go ahead and blend it up with kale or dandelion.
High speed blenders have no trouble blending up even the toughest fibers and “strands” of celery. Low-end blenders might leave bits of celery fiber and strings intact.
You can blend up both the stalks and the leaves in smoothies.
Celery Green Smoothie Recipes
Celery-Red Grape Smoothie
- 1 cup red grapes
- 1 small banana, peeled
- 2 medium stalk of celery, chopped
- 1 head baby bok choy
- 2 ounces of filtered water if needed
Calories: 236 | Fat: 1g (grams) | Protein: 4g | Carbs: 56g | Calcium: 11% | Vitamin A: 76% | Vitamin C: 84%
- 1 small banana, peeled
- 1 medium stalk celery, chopped
- 1/2 cup pineapple, cubed
- 2 cups fresh baby spinach
NOTE: I make this smoothie with 1 cup parsley instead of spinach. If you want to be adventurous, give it a try.
Calories: 151 | Fat: 1g (gram) | Protein: 4g | Carbs: 37g | Calcium: 8% | Vitamin A: 197% | Vitamin C: 74%
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How To Select Celery
Celery is readily available year round. It’s inexpensive and will keep for a couple weeks in the refrigerator as long as the stalks are protected from drying out (or from freezing). Choose celery that looks crisp and snaps easily when pulled apart. The leaves should be pale to bright green in color.
Celery ranks number 2 on the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” List of produce that contains high levels of pesticide residues, so you should always purchase organic celery.
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Tracy Russell is the creator of the Green Smoothie Health & Weight Loss Program and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She is passionate about helping people improve their health with green smoothies and a whole foods lifestyle.