A diet planner is a tried and true way to stay on-track with healthy eating habits. I have a template for a diet planner that I encourage my weight loss clients to use. If you plan your diet for the week, you will succeed. If you leave it to chance, then it gets much more challenging to eat healthy. Convenience trumps resolve at the end of a long day at work.

Diet Planner Addition

Diet planners should add this unfamiliar root vegetable to their repertoire.
Have you ever tried celeriac or celery root? Celery root or celeriac is an ugly looking root vegetable. Don’t be put off by aesthetics. Underneath the root’s burly exterior is a crisp, apple-like textured bright white flesh. The firm juicy flesh has the aroma of an herb and smells somewhat like celery or licorice.

Celery root is quite nutritious and low in calories and carbohydrates. It’s an excellent source of dietary fiber and potassium. It is also contains significant amounts of vitamins C and B6.

Here are some ways to add celery root to your weekly diet planner. Peel the rough skin. Before you cook it, you might want to prepare a milk bath with lemon or another acid to preserve its bright white color. Celeriac can be a perfect non-starch substitute for potatoes in a meal, and can be prepared in a similar way.

If you’ve tasted celery root it was likely in the cold French salad “celerie remoulade.” For that preparation, the root is peeled, grated, cooked in lemon juice and milk, or alternatively blanched briefly in acidic water. It is usually served with a Dijon-style mayonnaise.

Here’s another variation on a celery root salad, from the Whole Foods website. Try this salad instead of coleslaw for a hot summer barbeque. No caloric, fatty mayonnaise here!

 

Celery Root and Apple Slaw Salad

Anise-flavored celery root is delicious cooked and uncooked. Here it is used raw in a crunchy slaw that gets added sweetness from apples and currants.

 

Ingredients: (serves 6)

 

• 2/3 cup currants or chopped raisins
• 1/4 cup orange juice
• 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled and grated or cut into matchsticks
• 2 celery root bulbs (about 3/4 pound each), peeled and grated or cut into matchsticks
• Zest and juice of 1 lemon
• 1/3 cup fresh basil or flat-leaf parsley leaves, finely chopped
• 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
• Pinch cayenne pepper

 

Instructions:

1. In a small bowl, combine currants and orange juice.
2. Set aside to soften for about 10 minutes.
3. In a large bowl, toss together apples, celery root, lemon zest and juice until evenly coated.
4. Add basil, salt, cayenne, currants and orange juice and toss again.
5. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

 

Nutrition: (per serving)

Calories: 130
Carbs: 32g
Fiber: 4 g
Protein: 3g

Click here to get the full recipe to add to your diet planner.