Forget the gym. This is the easiest way to do crunches.
As Hugh F-W says about celery, “Celery is a bit like gym membership. We buy it – often in January – as we bask in the righteous glow of our own good intentions. We use it once, then we forget about it for another year. The key difference is that whereas gym membership really is a waste of time and money, celery is actually a very useful, even inspiring, vegetable.”
From virtually calorie-free radishes to the digestive benefits you get from eating celery, Chinese leaf and spring onions. Swap one of your usual snacks and feel the difference!
Give me 5
A handful of radishes contains just 5 calories, making them a great healthy snack whether you are dieting or just counting the calories.
Celery is a good source of potassium which helps to control blood pressure and counteract the negative effects of too much salt on the diet. It also contains ‘3-n-butyl phthalide’ which helps to reduce blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels.
Chinese leaf lettuce is packed with antioxidants including carotenes, thiocyanates, indole-3-carbinol, lutein, zea-xanthin, sulforaphane and isothiocyanates.
Water is absorbed more slowly from food than drink, so you are more likely to stay hydrated for longer. Radishes have one of the highest water contents of any fruit or vegetable (95%), so including them in your daily diet is a really easy way to boost health.
Spring onions are one of the richest sources of vitamin K. 100 g of fresh spring onions provides over 170% of the daily-recommended intake of this vitamin. Vitamin K has an important role in bone formation and strengthening.
Blended celery juice is thought to help a good night’s sleep because of the vitamins, mineral salts and nutrients it contains. For a refreshing Cooler, juice a bunch of white dessert grapes with two stalks of celery and top with fresh mint leaves.