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Cucumber Celery Snails


Ingredients

  • 12 Tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • 12 celery sticks
  • 12 toothpicks
  • 12 cucumber slices
  • 24 chickpeas
  • 12 chives

Directions

Spread the yogurt inside the celery trenches.

Put a toothpick in a cucumber slice and attach to a celery stick, firmly planting it in the yogurt.

Position 2 chickpeas in the yogurt in front of the cucumber slice for eyes, and cut 2 small pieces of chive for antennae and eye centers. Repeat for the remaining vegetables.

Watch them disappear!


6 Tasty Celery Juice Recipes (with Pictures)

Celery is an underrated superfood – this stocky vegetable is packed full of vitamins (A, K, E) and minerals (potassium, folate) and aids a ton of common day ailments such as poor or slowed digestion, inflammation, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.


13 Veggie Snacks Your Child Can’t Resist

Snacks for kids are important for several reasons. Snacks can manage a child’s hunger between meals, provide energy, and boost nutrition. How do snacks boost nutrition? Snacks have the wonderful power of filling in for food groups and/or nutrients that were missed during mealtimes. With MyPlate as your guide for meals, you’ll easily be able to discern what you could serve for snack that would complete the recommended servings from the five food groups for the day. For instance, a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs, toast, strawberries and milk has no vegetables. Not a problem, though, because now you have your snack inspiration.

For a snack that focuses on veggies and is equally fun to make and eat, we have 13 veggie snacks that your child can’t resist. Presentation can make the vegetables more inviting and enjoyable, and we have some excellent presentation ideas for you. As a bonus, many of these snacks can be made with your little chef working as a kitchen assistant doing age appropriate tasks.

13 veggie snacks that your child can’t resist

Camping out

For snack, use the cucumber and whole wheat cracker trees and carrot and walnut campfire, and for a lunch, you could add a nut butter sandwich tent. It’s simple to throw together this camp scene and will surely bring excitement and enjoyment to the table.

Tuna boats

Your boat, water, fishing, or outdoor loving child is bound to love this tuna and veggie boat. Get all hands on deck for the snack construction fun. With cucumbers, bell peppers, and cherry tomatoes involved, there are several flavors ready to be savored.

Veggie bugs

Bug-loving adventurers will swarm to catch these adorable veggie critters. Pick from celery and cucumber snails, pea and carrot or pepper dragonflies, or cherry tomato and olive lady bugs or make them all and challenge your child to be the (snack) bug-catching master.

Ladybug cracker

Pair this snack with a book, such as The Grouchy Ladybug , for extra fun. Then serve these adorable and colorful ladybugs. To boost the nutrition, use a whole wheat cracker, and instead of using cream cheese and sour cream as the base, try homemade or store bought hummus.

Sheep

This is another fun snack to pair with a book, such as Moo Baa La La La or Sheep in a Jeep , or to serve in conjunction with a nursery rhyme.

Follow the instructions in the link, but you can use black olive halves as the body to make your adorable sheep. To make a white sheep, use cauliflower florets as the body and a black olive as the head.

      This cauliflower sheep is as yummy as it is cute. Since the construction requires several toothpicks however, make sure that it is age appropriate and that your child knows that there are toothpicks holding the sheep together.

    Flowers – Any flower or gardening fan can relish bringing the garden flowers onto the snack plate with these tasty veggie flower creations.

    Veggie Train

    Whether you make the whole train or just one train car for you and your conductor to share, this treat is a visual as well as a tummy pleaser. Fans of anything train or vehicle related will dig this presentation. One of our favorite books, which would pair well with this snack, is Chugga Chugga Choo Choo . Use the photo and directions as your inspiration, but you can adapt the train concept to a variety of vegetables.

    Bell pepper octopus

    Hummus and bell pepper are delicious as they are, but turned into an octopus in a sea of hummus makes them all the more inviting.

    Butterfly

    Bell pepper butterflies, rather than bell pepper sticks, add fun to snack time. You can pair this snack along with a nature walk where you and your child are butterfly spotters.

    Caterpillar

    Reading The Very Hungary Caterpillar and having a themed snack to go along with it adds extra enjoyment and a nutritious snack to storytime.

    Rainbow

    A veggie rainbow can be enjoyed as a fantastic anytime snack or with books about color, a rainy day, St. Patrick’s Day and more.

    This beautiful and colorful rainbow offers your child such a lovely variety of veggies, including cherry tomatoes, carrots, bell pepper, broccoli, and purple cabbage.

    This multi-color bell pepper and cauliflower rainbow is simple yet visually appealing and tasty. Your child can help by creating the rainbow then adding the cauliflower clouds.

    Multi-color bell pepper arches combined with cauliflower clouds set in spinach and artichoke hummus add another variation to a veggie rainbow presentation.

    Peacock

    A peacock’s colorful plume is made irresistible with celery, cucumber, carrots, and red bell pepper and served with a hummus peacock body.

    13. Celery and Pepper Stop Light Snack

    You transportation enthusiast will not be able to cruise by these deliciously bright and appealing stop light snacks without stopping by for a nibble or two.

    Whether you are crafty or not, these simple yet fun and exciting snacks can turn veggie preparation and eating into a successful mission.


    Pineapple, cucumber, celery, ginger, and lemon juice to reduce belly fat

    Ingredients such as pineapple, cucumber, and celery are famous for their water content, and, as a consequence, their diuretic effect that promotes the elimination of retained fluids. These fluids accumulate in the body and increase weight gain.

    Ginger and lemon have anti-inflammatory properties that reduce inflammation in the digestive system and fight common problems such as:

    Why does this juice help reduce belly fat?

    The moderate consumption of this drink can help hydrate the body, complement a balanced diet, avoid the consumption of soft drinks and industrial drinks and, also, reduce inflammation in the abdominal area.

    Although it doesn’t help to reduce belly fat as such, it may help reduce inflammation in the area, which can motivate you to keep at it.

    You can also consume this drink when you’re craving snacks such as pastries and chips, but always with moderation.

    To reduce belly fat, you have to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet and an exercise routine.


    Creative recipes for cooking with cucumbers

    1. Pickled cucumbers (aka pickles)

    Photo: The Mediterranean Dish

    There are so many things to pickle that you didn’t know could be pickled. But if you have more cucumbers than you know what to do with, several Cook With Us members pointed out that you can always turn them into, you know, pickles. Pickling completely transforms the taste, especially if you add anti-inflammatory spices like garlic, bay leaves, and dill.

    If you need some directions to get you started with pickling, check out this recipe from The Mediterranean Dish, which breaks it down step by step.

    2. Tzatziki dip with cucumbers

    Photo: Love and Lemons

    Another Cook With Us member shared that she likes to blend her cucumbers with Greek yogurt, olive oil, and dill turning it into a creamy dip. It’s one that happens to go well with raw, sliced cucumbers. You can also be spread this concoction onto sandwiches or us it as a dressing for salads and grain bowls. Try making it yourself with this recipe from Love and Lemons.

    3. High-protein stuffed cucumbers

    Photo: Emily Kyle Nutrition

    You’ve probably stuffed peppers or avocados, but what about cucumbers? “I like to cut them length-wise, scoop out the middle, and fill the center with tuna,” one member shared. The combo of protein, healthy fats, and fiber with just these two ingredients makes it the perfect healthy snack. And that crunch is so darn satisfying. This recipe from registered dietitian Emily Kyle, RD, shows exactly how to do it. You can also save the pulp for one of the other uses rounded up here, like the tzatziki dip.

    4. Cucumber juice

    Photo: Getty Images/Tony C French

    One Cook With Us member shared her simple recipe for a refreshing summer juice: cucumbers, celery, pineapple, ginger, and apples. All you have to do is cut them up, throw ’em in the blender, and voila&mdashthe perfect summer sip on a hot day. Here’s an easy recipe from Yumna Jawad of Feel Good Foodie.

    5. Cold cucumber summer soup

    If your summer soup recipe repertoire begins and ends with gazpacho, you’re doing yourself a serious disservice. Cucumbers blended with yogurt and olive oil make the perfect quick summer lunch. Watch the video above to see how to make this delicious cucumber recipe.

    6. Smashed cucumber toast

    Photo: Getty Images/
    Arx0nt

    One Cook With Us member shared that she likes to mix up her morning toast by topping a whole grain slice with mashed up cucumbers and spices. You’ll still need some protein and healthy fats in order to make this a fully satiating morning meal, so add some egg, tuna, or chickpeas in order to round it out as the perfect meal for any time of day.

    A dietitian’s guide to the most hydrating foods:

    Looking for more recipe ideas? Join Well+Good’s Cook With Us Facebook group.


    Quick Snack Snails

    1. Wash and dry fruit and vegetables. Slice kiwi, apple, pear and cucumber.

    2. Divide the celery stalks into pieces about 10 cm long. Pull one of the threads on the rounded side of the celery so that it sits on a plate without rolling. Fill a pastry bag with the fresh cheese and fill the celery stalks.

    3. Arrange an apple, kiwi or pear slice on each celery slice as the snail shell and place a cherry tomato or grape as the head.

    4. Make a thick icing with powdered sugar and a splash of lemon juice. Put two tiny dots on the snail head and pop the sugar eyes on top. Hold briefly and press, until the icing hardens. Add the cress or herbs to the fresh cheese as feelers.


    For the Caterpillars

    Fill celery stalks with nutella, non-dairy nutella, or peanut butter.

    Top with grapes, blueberries, or grape tomatoes for the body and head. Use nutella to "glue" eyes and antennae made from thinly sliced celery.

    For the Snails

    Fill celery stalks with nutella, non-dairy nutella, or peanut butter.

    Top with pineapple, orange, kiwi, apricot, cucumber, and a cashew head. Use nutella to place on candy eyes.

    Tip: Using a knife, slice off a thin piece on the bottom of the celery to level it out in order to keep your critters stable.


    How to Make Celery Cucumber Juice

    This is the short version of our celery cucumber juice recipe to give you an overview of the steps. A detailed version is listed down below, in the recipe card section.

    1. Turn on your juicer and juice the ingredients. Collect the juice.
    2. Add lemon juice and sugar, and stir.

    Serve with ice and mint leaves as garnish.

    You can mix it up by swapping in carrot juice in place of cucumber to make another easy and healthy recipe. Or use apple juice to make a celery apple drink.

    1. Should I Peel Cucumber Before Juicing?

    If you use English cucumbers, the taste won’t differ much between peeling the fruit or not. The only difference is the color of the juice, which turns deep green thanks to the skin.

    If you use the regular kind, leaving the skin on results in a greener, more bitter juice. We loved the hue and found the bitter taste masked by other flavors, so we left the skin on.

    2. Which Part of Celery Should I Use?

    Like cucumber, the stalk and leaves of celery give similar flavor and aroma. The stalk is often chosen, but by including the leaves, your juice will be a deeper green.

    You’ll notice our celery cucumber juice recipe uses the stalk and not the leaves. That’s because we saved the leaves for another dish.


    Health Benefits of Celery

    Celery has some amazing benefits for your body as shown by the infographic above from Dr. Axe. It can reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol and is also wonderful for inflammation.

    It also boosts digestion, reduces bloating and cleans, and restores your gut health. Celery also has high fiber content making it the perfect snack and there’s zero preparation. Pull it out your fridge, give it a rinse and start crunching!


    You won’t need a juicer in order to make this homemade juice. Just add celery, cucumber, water and a squeeze of lemon juice (if desired) to a blender and pulse. Then strain, making sure to capture the juice in a bowl or container underneath the strainer. You can discard the pulp or toss it into your soups if you like. Cucumber and celery are high in water content and nutrients that help to really hydrate your body. As a bonus, if you drink this in the morning on an empty stomach the celery aids digestion of your meals by increasing stomach acid so that you can break down your food. This is a good thing!

    Be sure to store in an air tight container or mason jar and drink the same day or next day. I like to use my Vitamix Blender which can blend just about anything with ease! If you have the Vitamix Blending Cups you can use those to store the juice as they have a great air-tight lid and make it easy to grab your juice and go in the morning. It just so happens those are 20 ounce cups, so the recipe will fill one Vitamix Blending Cup.

    I do like to buy store bought juices that don’t contain fruit sugars because it’s quick and easy. However, this is a great substitute if you don’t have a juicer or don’t want to spend money on store bought juices. Always buy organic produce to avoid GMOs and Pesticides that contribute to leaky gut and toxin overload.


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