A convenient ready-to-go snack that is low in calories, celery is a staple for many of us.  One of the most versatile vegetables around, besides its use as a quick snack, celery is used in salads, stir-fries, soups, and stews.  Unlike some vegetables, it retains most of its nutrients even if it is steamed.

One stalk of celery contains only about 10 calories, while 1 cup of chopped celery contains about 16.  It also contains dietary fiber, which aids in digestion.  Since it is about 95% water it is excellent to snack on during the hot summer months to prevent dehydration.

Refrigerate celery as soon as possible.  It will keep for about 1-2 weeks.  To store, wrap in a damp towel or place in a plastic bag and store in the hydrator drawer of the refrigerator.  Some people highly recommend wrapping celery tightly in aluminum foil to prolong its crispness.


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