Have you ever heard of celeriac? In my home country Germany, when the word “celery” is mentioned in a recipe, we go and buy celeriac, also called celery root.
It’s used in soups and stews, raw in salads and as part of what is known as “mirepoix” – a mix of vegetables that are chopped and used as a flavor base for a variety of dishes. It really isn’t the most beautiful of vegetables, often called the ugly duckling of the vegetable world. You have to cut off the thick skin quite generously to get to the hidden beauty, but boy, is it worth it! If you have set out to lose weight, this root is for you.
Good-Bye Potatoes…Hello Celeriac!
Say good-bye to potatoes and hello to celeriac. This wonderful root is low – I mean super low in calories, as it is only 5% starch by weight. One cup contains about 40 calories. Compare this to a cup of potatoes which gives you a whopping 120 calories. And in my opinion the flavor, a subtle blend of celery and parsley, is superior.
Celeriac can be prepared much like potatoes. You can mash it, boil it and fry it. Not that you really want to fry it, if you want to lose weight. But you get my point.
Fiber, fiber on the wall. Celeriac’s high fiber content makes it the fairest of them all. Eat your fair share of celery root and your bowel movements will be much more regular. So important for weight loss! Fiber also keeps your intestines clean and healthy, which makes the absorption of nutrients more efficient, which in return keeps your cravings at bay creating a win-win situation.
In with the good, out with the bad. Celeriac is packed with vitamins and minerals. It’s high in Vitamin C, K and B6, Phosphorus, Potassium, Magnesium, Manganese, Copper and Iron – lots of goodies under the ugly skin. What it doesn’t contain? Saturated fat and Cholesterol. Pretty impressive, don’t you think?
|Satisfying healthy soul food. When the days and nights are getting colder I love to incorporate creamy, warming and grounding foods into my diet. Imagine my bliss when I encountered freshly harvested celeriac roots at my Farmers’ Market today. The root I purchased will be turned into Sellerie Puree, a recipe I brought with me from Germany. Cook it, taste it and tell me what you think. I hope it satisfies you as much as it satisfies me every time.|
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