Yesterday I googled Celery - I was curious why it has more calories when cooked?!
I got several hits and some info @
which stated that celery is good for the muscles! Quoted from the article:
"Celery is generally known as a sodium food, and sodium is what we call the youth maintainer in the body. Sodium helps keep us young and active, and the muscles limber and pliable. Whenever there is a stiffness in the joints and creaking or cracking in the knees, we know we are lacking in sodium. Sodium is the one element that most people lack."
While I do NOT agree that most of us are lacking in sodium, it is interesting that Celery is good for more than just stretching out a meal's calories!
Today when I told DH about celery being good for his aches and pains, he asked if I wanted him to grow it?! What?! You can't freeze celery!!
So, I did a SP search "can I freeze celery" and turned up the following:
From SUNSHINE6442 : Bananas... lay them on a plastic cutting board, slice & freeze. Tastes like ice cream. After they are frozen I put them in plastic bags. They make great frozen snacks. I wash and chop celery and freeze it. It then is ready to use. You can do this with onions & green peppers too. Cream cheese, mozzarella & Feta cheese freezes well. Freeze parsley, chives and basil. Potato chips and saltines freeze fine and flour does too. Grapes, yogurt, extra pancakes and french toast, flax-seeds, nuts,
WindingRoad posted about celery: I dice it and put it on a cookie sheet to freeze, then pack it loose in a Ziploc after it is frozen. I then have diced celery for soups etc.
Truly - a little knowledge is a dangerous thing! The cost of celery (and carrots) makes it cheaper to purchase than to grow. But now we know!!
***- I would only add that if you freeze banana slices, cover them with lemonade! It will keep apples and bananas from turning in the fridge too! Thanks Pop!
P.S. I never did find an answer for why cooked celery has more calories
***thank you Optimist1948, AHappyLife and Geekling! All very good answers!!
It still isn't a lot of calories per stalk, any way you slice it - no pun intended!