Healthy Snack Recipe: Celery with Hummus and Edamame

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As I put this post together, I’m laughing to myself because my daughter has made it a very interesting day. That’s what life is all about, right?! Earlier I was concentrating and asked my little girl to give me a few minutes to work and suggested she read a book. She happily went and picked out a book.

Standing at my side, she asked, “Mommy, where did we get this book from?”
I said, “The store. So I need you to read quietly for a few minutes please until I am done, OK?”
“Yes, Mommy.”
“Mommy, I need to ask you something. Just one more thing.”
“Yes,”
I said.
“What store did we get the book at?”
“The bookstore. OK, so read quietly now.”

A few seconds later…
“Excuse me Mommy, what aisle did we get the book from?”
“Aisle 2.”

I was thinking to myself, are you serious? It was really quite funny at the same time.

Later the same day, I was taking a few pictures of today’s delicious snack and my daughter kept stepping in front of the camera. I explained to her that I needed her to stand next to me while I was taking the pictures, so that her shadow wasn’t in the shot.

She couldn’t help herself. She was sticking her hands in the almonds saying, “Excuse me Mommy, are these spicy almonds?” She knows enough to ask first if things are spicy because we love heat in our family :)

On to today’s snack!

The Health Benefits

Celery is a low calorie vegetable that contains anti-inflammatory properties, even helping inflammation in the digestive tract itself. Celery also contains at least a dozen antioxidant nutrients. Edamame has a high nutritional value as well, including protein and anti-oxidants that help strengthen your immune system. Habanero can aid in soothing the stomach because of the compounds it contains. It is rich in vitamin C and capsaicin – which is anti-bacterial and may help reduce the risk of blood clots. In addition, habanero is thought to promote respiratory health.

Not only is this snack absolutely delicious, it has so many health benefits! I hope you enjoy. To your good health!

Ingredients

  • Celery
  • Hummus
  • Edamame, cooked & lightly salted (opt for organic, non-GMO whenever possible)
  • Habanero powder (or Cayenne)

Directions

Spread the hummus over the celery stalk. Add a few edamame beans and a very tiny pinch of Habanero powder.

The small amount of heat from the habanero really kicks this snack up a notch and makes it seem more extravagant. For the kid friendly version simply omit the pepper.

*Tip: My favorite way to cook edamame is to steam the pods for 5 minutes, let cool slightly, and then remove the beans.

Wishing you a beautiful day!

With love, gratitude, & happy snacking,
Wendy Irene

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