Celery has pure raw power – not only awesome with dips, but also great in lunchboxes and almost any salad. It has serious crunch for those who love raw veg! Yet, there is more, so much more – try adding celery to meatballs and tomato sauce, and cook until soft or add them to almost any stew or soup for extra flavour and veggie goodness.
Celery, much like cucumber, has a high water content. It’s also rich in minerals like potassium and calcium which are important for heart health as well as folate which helps the body to form healthy red blood cells.
You want fresh, firm stalks for your celery where they don’t feel or appear to be rubbery.
To store, wrap a bunch of celery tightly in tin foil and keep in the fridge for up to a month.
Try a stick of raw celery with any of your favourite dips. Celery is not only awesome with dips, but also great in lunchboxes and almost any salad. Try adding along to any spag bol or meatball sauce along with you tomatoes, carrots and onions.
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Here are some of our favourite ways to engage kids with celery:
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Find out how to add more veg to your suppers here.
The moments before food is offered can be a perfect opportunity for engagement that can help make it more likely a child will eat it!
The first thing to do is remove the pressure. If the veg doesn’t get eaten, it’s not the end of the world. There will be other days, other dinners, other chances. Fun is key here – try not to worry about mess, perfect table manners, or playing with food. Instead, focus on making the process of getting the food to the plates, readying the table, and the actual eating relaxed.
The best principles for success here are the Three Rs (role modelling, rewarding, re-offering) which you can read about here.
But there is one more way you can serve for success, and that is giving your child a role. You don’t have to do this every time, just encourage them in their strengths through it when you can.
Here are some of our favourite ideas:
Design a menu
Come up with a silly name or story for a dish
Help with making a meal plan and choosing veg for dinners or snacks
Help to serve up the meal on dishes, lay the table or create a centrepiece to be involved in the physical ‘serving up’ process
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