my favorite overlooked superfood 

 C  E  L  E  R  Y

Yes you are reading that right, this post is all about celery! For a few years one of my holistic practitioners has been telling me to try and eat at least 2-4 stalks of celery everyday. I obliged without really looking into the reasoning behind it. I have always enjoyed celery, it has a nice taste and a great crunch. Add some almond butter (or pb) and you have yourself a little snack. As the years pasted I started to learn more about celery and a few other practitioners mentioned that I should drink celery juice or try to eat more celery. But why? 

Celery is honestly a champion, I personally consider it a superfood! For starters it is low calorie, low carb and has a decent amount of fiber. It is loaded with antioxidants, enzymes, vitamin k, vitamin c, potassium, folate & b6. So it is loaded with all of these great qualities… but what can it do for you? 

Anti-inflammatory 

This is the main reason why I try to eat and drink celery for its anti-inflammatory properties! Scientists have discovered over a dozen different types of antioxidants in celery that are responsible for fighting off free radicals (yes please). Celery can be especially helpful in certain diseases (IBS, gout, arthritis, etc) but also in everyday life as a preventative measure! Ain’t nobody got time for free radicals. 

There is a lot of other great things about celery and you can find more information here. Celery also aids in:

  • lowering blood pressure
  • lowering cholesterol 
  • preventing ulcers
  • protecting liver health 
  • reduces bloating
  • aids in digestion 
  • helps fight infections 
  • anti cancer 

    Celery can be eaten so many ways; alone, in salads, in soups, in juice… the possibilities are endless. My personal favorite is to juice it or blend it into a smoothie. Every morning on an empty stomach I drink this to get my day started and headed in the right direction. Check out my recipe below! 

    Detoxing Celery Tonic:

    • 2-3 stalks celery 
    • Hand full of cilantro
    • 3 tbs WILD blueberries 
    • 1 tbs Hawaiian spirulina 
    • Approx. 1/4-1/2 C Filtered Water ( personal preference) 

    This has been my latest detox drink of choice. For all of my ketoers this is still low carb but the blueberries do add some sugar- nothing crazy. Plus the benefits of these four ingredients together are totally worth it! Now for a quick run down of the other ingredients since we already know about celery:

    • Cilantro: huge in detoxing metals (which harm our endocrine system!), full of antioxidants, mood booster, promotes healthy heart, helps normalize blood sugar levels, antifungal, antibacterial, digestive support… the list goes on and on! 
    • Wild Blueberries : antioxidants, brain health, gut health, anti cancer, diabetes prevention, metabolic syndrome, UTIs. 

    Compared with many other fruits, Wild Blueberries are number-one in antioxidant capacity per serving. The antioxidant compounds in Wild Blueberries are contained in their deep-blue pigments. These anthocyanins, a subclass of phytonutrients called flavonoids, are known for their potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, two factors related to healthy aging and reduced risk of chronic diseases. 

    Wymans 

    • Hawaiian Spirulina: blue green algae is all over the place lately and that is a great thing because its amazing! Hawaiian spirulina is full of vitamins A, K1, K2, B12, iron, and manganese. As well as phytonutrients such as carotenoids, GLA, SOD, and phycocyanin. Also contains protein, beta carotene and an abundant source of antioxidants! Aids in immune, cardiovascular, cellular and brain health! 


    To make my little tonic
    I throw it all in my magic bullet and blend it up. Some days I will strain it to only get the juice which is recommended if you are really trying to detox as it absorbs quick especially if you have an empty stomach. Other days I will just blend it like a smoothie and drink it with the fiber! Either way I feel great after drinking it in the morning and I can feel a huge difference when I miss it! 

    GROW YOUR OWN! 

    If you follow me on instagram you saw that I started to grow my own celery from the stalks I bought at the store. It is so simple to do! Take the stalks and cut the bottom off (you are going to use this, about 1-2 inches should be left), take this and place it in water until it starts to sprout. Once it has started to sprout transport it to a pot with soil, place the bulb part into the soil so that only the new sprouts are above the soil. Make sure the soil is evenly watered and place in a sunny window. Hint: to get the stalks to grow upright cut a big water bottle or soda bottle and place above the pot with the sprouts coming out of the top! This will make sure they grow straight. You could also make a support with chopsticks or skewers and string!

    Follow me on instagram to see my progress! 

    feed your body, feed your biome 

    PROBIOTICS & PREBIOTICS 

    After a weekend of not eating great and not getting enough sleep, my stomach and body is asking for a break and a little bit of a reset. My body seems to react very quickly when I do things that aren’t good for it like not eating enough, eating too fast, drinking alcohol, eating peanut butter (apparently we don’t get along right now), not getting enough sleep, not getting enough water, wearing heels and dancing for 5 hours 🙃… etc, etc, etc. (que bloat, nausea & constipation) Yet at the same time it seems like it takes for ever to feel the effects of all the good things I do! (Does anyone else feel this way? ) 

    One of the many things I do to try and stay healthy is making sure I get my probiotics. We all know that gut health is #1 and our gut biome (or gut bacteria) is what makes or breaks the way our guts work and inevitably our health. So if I’ve been taking probiotics for x many days, for x many years then shouldn’t my gut biome be perfect?! 
    This is where the prebiotics come in. We hear about probiotics all the time, we can take supplements or we can eat it in foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kombucha or kimchi! We know that probiotics have a huge impact on our health ( read more about probiotics here) But what do we know about prebiotics? My answer is- we probably don’t know enough. 

    Prebiotics are basically food for your probiotics. Yes, our gut bacteria is alive and if we want to keep the good bacteria we are getting, then we have to feed it! Prebiotics are a fiber compound that can be found in many foods (if you want to get all scientific the are called oligosaccharides) . This fiber is not broken down by gastric juices or digestive enzymes so it is able to make it down to the intestines where all of our good bacteria is! 

    When our good bacteria is high we experience a higher immune function, better hormonal balance, improved digestion, lower inflammation & autoimmune responses, lower stress response and healthier cholesterol levels! Yay, we love you healthy gut bacteria! 

    So our gut biome has some food preferences clearly, but when they are happy so are we! What exactly should we be eating then to get our prebiotics? Most likely you have been eating prebiotics all along and haven’t even realized. Some of the best prebiotics are:

    • Raw chicory root 
    • Raw dandelion greens 
    • Raw garlic 
    • Raw leeks
    • Raw & cooked onions 
    • Raw asparagus 
    • Baked wheat flour
    • Raw banana 
    • Coconut meat & flour 
    • Flax Seeds
    • Chia Seeds 
    • DARK CHOCOLATE 
    • Pumpkin seeds 
    • More here 

    When I first found out about prebiotics it was from my holistic naet practitioner who wanted me to eat raw asparagus & dark chocolate as my snacks. I was like you are telling me to eat dark chocolate?!? He said yea just for a little bit, we have been building up your biome & if we don’t feed it then the bad bacteria (candida, dysbacteriosis & other ones with crazy names) will start to take over again. I can tell a huge difference when I make sure to have both my pre & probiotics. 

    Basically the key here is to balance the probiotic intake & the prebiotics intake. Feed your body & feed your biome! If you don’t normally eat any of these prebiotics then try to add some to one meal daily or as a snack! I suggest the dark chocolate, my favorite brand and what I added to this yogurt bowl is this primal chocolate which is good for anyone who is vegan or paleo! 


    Remember that health is a never ending journey. I learn new things everyday and get so inspired and motivated by the people around me and the people on instagram! By making small changes every day we start to see the small differences in our lives. If you feel like you have been working hard on getting your gut health healthy then add more prebiotics. 

    Happy gut = happy life

    Be well everyone!