Baby Food of the Week – Celery

Celery is a great toddler food choice!

Celery is a difficult food for children to eat and you might find initially they will only eat it in soups, when it is cooked and blended. Unless you’re one of those amazing mothers who takes all the strings off the celery for them! 

Celery is one of the least calorie dense foods on the planet. The main reason for this is because it is 95% water! What an incredibly hydrating food for your baby! 

The remaining 5% is very nutritious, making celery an awesome healthy option to add into casseroles and soups. 

celery nutritional information

Celery is great for:

  • Celery helps to reduce inflammation, aids digestion, reduces bad cholesterol and is an awesome snack for independent toddlers to dip it in some hummus or have with nut butter!
  • Over a dozen antioxidants present
  • Vit K, Molybdenum, Folate
  • Gut health with their non-starchy polysaccharides (which actually give celery it’s unique shape and texture) – great for the digestive tract!

Enjoying celery

  • AWESOME raw, my son loves it with almond butter (though it’s mostly him licking the almond butter off!). My husband puts cheese in (weird, right?)
  • Also a great one for any soups, making stock at home – you can put it in our bone broth recipe
  • You might find toddlers and older can eat it chopped up small in salads
  • I’m not a huge fan of steamed celery but the good news is that if you are, cooking it retains most of the antioxidants (unlike many other vegetables)! 
  • Fresh celery can be stored for 5-7 days before starting to go off

 

Have you seen my pinterest board on recipes? While I don’t think any of them contain celery (yet), it is filled with recipes that are quick and easy to make, are baby and toddler friendly, and are mostly adaptable to allergy diets. Check it out here!

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