Celery Root & Apples. Who Knew!?

Here I go, comparing apples and celery root again.
Here I go, comparing apples and celery root again.

Signing up for produce delivery from Full Circle is really paying off! I’m being introduced to veggies I didn’t even realize existed. I mean seriously, who’s ever heard of celery root?

A quick Google search reveals that many of you out there have, in fact, come into contact with the weird, knobby root. (OK, so I’m the only one without a clue…)

Celery root, also known as celeriac, is rich in several vitamins and minerals, including riboflavin, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, vitamins A, C, B6, E, and K—making it a powerhouse food for runners. (We need all of those nutrients for endurance and muscle recovery!)

Slice away the outer layer of celery root to find a fleshy, white center that tastes like celery. (No surprise there.)
Slice away the outer layer of celery root to find a fleshy, white center that tastes like celery. (No surprise there.)

All you’ve got to do is eat it—raw or cooked, to reap the health benefits. One recipe idea: Create a slaw of matchstick-sliced celery root and apple, and toss it with mustard vinaigrette.

I whipped up a quick dressing (1/4 cup of olive oil, 2 tbs. white vinegar, and a good squirt of spicy brown mustard), and then got to work hacking off the outer layer (peel? rind?). The inner flesh turns brown almost immediately when it hits the air—a process known as oxidation, but throwing it in a bowl with the vinaigrette ASAP helps keep it looking fresh. Several minutes of chopping later (talk about an arm workout!), I had a tasty salad.

Celery root and apple slaw with mustard vinaigrette and walnuts—yum!
Celery root and apple slaw with mustard vinaigrette and walnuts—yum!

I added walnuts for a hit of protein, and the next day I dumped the leftovers in a blender with a splash of almond milk and made a smoothie. Who knew celery root was so versatile? (OK, you knew…)

 

Know any good celeriac recipes? What’s the strangest thing you’ve eaten this week?

I’ve Got Cellulite. So Do You. Here’s How To Get Rid Of It.

These Proskins SLIM Ladies Short Length Shorts ($80) might be tackling my cellulite as I stand here—but I’m not looking back there to find out.
These Proskins SLIM Ladies Short Length Shorts ($80) might be tackling my cellulite as I stand here—but I’m not looking back there to find out.

Up until last week I didn’t know I had cellulite. Believe it or not, I never looked for it. But after reading a press release for a line of anti-cellulite workout apparel, I precariously climbed onto my bathroom counter and discovered some not-so-cute, back-of-leg dimples of my very own. (I don’t have a full-length mirror—which is usually only an issue if you care about your pants matching your shirt.)

I’m now convinced that everyone has cellulite. I’m also convinced that it’s not such a big deal.

Those unattractive blobs that can show up on your butt, thighs, and tummy are a result of fat trapped in the connective tissue between the layers of your skin. Tissue loses elasticity with age and during periods of rapid expansion and contraction (hello, yo-yo dieting!), and once it loosens up it’s hard to get it to snap back again. There are tons of treatments and procedures—ranging from $5 to $5,000, that can reduce the appearance of cellulite, but I’ve found two ways to deal with it that don’t involve tingly creams or dipping into your 401K.

#1 Stop worrying about it You’ve heard the phrase, “Out of sight, out of mind,” right? Well, that’s my first line of defense against cellulite. I’m just going forget it’s back there. Like I said, I was blissfully unaware of it a mere ten days ago, so I’m returning to that mind state. My legs are powerful machines that allow me to run, hike, bike, and pretty much kick butt, so if they want to “relax” and look a little dimpled, fine by me.

#2 Wear tight pants Research suggests constrictive garments like compression tights improve blood circulation, which helps clear cells of toxins and could reduce cellulite buildup. If you pick a pair from Proskins SLIM, you may improve the situation back there even more. Proskins SLIM leggings, capris, shorts, and tops are made from yarn that contains microencapsulated caffeine, retinol, ceramides, aloe vera, fatty acids, and vitamin E—agents that are all considered cellulite busters. Independent clinical studies found women who wore Proskins SLIM clothing daily for about a month noticed a 63% reduction in their cellulite.

I’m not sure if they had any impact on my cellulite (because, again, I’m not looking), but I spent an entire day in a pair of Proskins SLIM shorts and can vouch that they’re breathable and super comfy.

Now, I’m off to Bed Bath & Beyond to buy a mirror, so I no longer risk breaking my neck to see my bottom half. (I’m going to miss Michael K. Farrell asking me if his outfits look OK before leaving for work…)

My cellulite-kissed thighs held an 8:15 pace this morning. What did your imperfect, powerful legs do today?

 

Disclaimer: I received a pair of shorts free of charge from Proskins SLIM. I was not paid to review Proskins SLIM, and I did not promise to include the brand in a post. All opinions are mine and unbiased.