If you’re wondering “is celery keto?”, read this article and find out! Today we’re talking about the carbs in celery, and sharing some keto celery recipes as well.
Which Vegetables Have No Carbs?
If you’re wondering what veggies have no carbs, the answer is a little more complicated than you might think.
All food is made of protein, fat, or carbohydrates, or a combination of these.
For example, an egg has protein, fat, and even a small amount of carbs. Skinless chicken breast has protein, and surprisingly, also a small amount of fat. And if you eat the skin with the chicken breast, it also has a significant amount of fat in addition to protein. Pure fat (with 0g carbs) includes foods like olive oil and coconut oil.
All vegetables, including celery, have some amount of carbohydrates.
However, quite a few vegetables are very low in carbs, which makes them a good choice for a keto diet. Additionally, many vegetables contain protein (for example, green beans), and even fat (such as cauliflower).
And the cool thing this is that even though vegetables contain carbohydrates, they also contain fiber! As we know, net carbs equals total carbs minus fiber. This means that the more fiber a vegetable has, the lower its net carbohydrates.
So even though there aren’t any zero carb vegetables, there are quite a few veggies that have almost no carbs.
Non Starchy Vegetables That Are Low in Carbs – Including Celery!
There are a lot of keto friendly vegetables that are very low in carbs. If you’re looking for what is the lowest carb vegetable, here are a few non starchy vegetables that we eat as part of a keto diet:
- Green beans
For more information on what vegetables you can have on keto, check out our full article on this topic.
According to the USDA, 1 medium-sized stalk of celery (about 7 1/2 to 8-inches or 40 grams) contains the following nutritional information:
- 0.28g protein
- 0.07g fat
- 1.19g carbohydrates
- 0.64g fiber
How Many Carbs Are in Celery?
One medium celery stalk contains 0.55g net carbs, or 0.6g if you want to round up.
This means that celery is a good choice on a keto diet.
What Vegetables Can Kick You Out of Ketosis?
The types and amounts of carbs that will kick you out of ketosis is different for everyone. There are a lot of factors that affect this, such as whether you’re already keto-adapted, your activity level, your underlying medical conditions, your age and gender, etc.
Because of this, it’s impossible to say which vegetables will definitely (or definitely not) kick you out of ketosis. And going one step further, it’s difficult to gauge how much of each vegetable is safe or is likely to kick you out of ketosis.
However, we know that starchy vegetables are more likely to kick you out of ketosis.
How much starchy vegetables does it take though? Well, again, that’s completely different for everyone. Is a bite of mashed potatoes enough to kick you out? Probably not. Is a plateful of sweet potato fries? More likely.
If you want to play it safe, avoid (or strictly limit) your intake of starchy vegetables.
Some Examples of Starchy Vegetables Include
- Sweet potatoes
Can I Eat Celery Leaves?
Yes! You can eat celery stalks and leaves. You can cook with the leaves or add them to salads or stir-fries. Additionally, the leaves are pretty to use as a garnish (they work well if you’re out of fresh parsley), and they taste like celery!
What Can I Eat With Celery as a Keto Snack?
Now that we’ve determined that the low amount of carbs in celery make it a good vegetable choice for a keto diet, let’s talk about how to incorporate it into our eating!
Here are a few delicious keto snack ideas with celery:
- Serve celery stuffed with Smoked Salmon Dip as a snack, appetizer, or part of a fancy brunch spread. This dip is our absolute favorite; it whips up in only 10 minutes and has just 3g net carbs per serving!
- Make a mini cheese plate with olives, an ounce of your favorite cheese, and some celery sticks.
- Whip up some tuna salad (we make ours with canned tuna, mayo, S&P, onion powder, and garlic powder) and stuff it into a celery stalk.
- Or make egg salad and do the same thing!
- If you have leftover chicken on hand, make a batch of The Best Chicken Salad and serve it with celery sticks. This is great as a satiating snack or quick lunch on the go.
- Enjoy celery with a serving of Buffalo Chicken Dip – it’s the perfect low carb dipper!
Is Celery and Peanut Butter Keto?
Yes! 2 tablespoons of Once Again Unsweetened Creamy Peanut Butter with No Salt Added has 5g total carbs and 2g fiber, which means it has 3g net carbs.
Spread 2 tablespoons of this peanut butter onto a medium-sized stalk of celery for a satisfying, healthy, and delicious keto snack that has less than 4g net carbs per serving!
Keto Celery Recipes
- Cheesy Celery Gratin – the perfect side dish for just about anything!
- Spicy Blue Cheese Celery Slaw – serve with Buffalo chicken wings for a filling meal
- Pimento Cheese Recipe with Celery – crisp celery sticks are the perfect dippers for rich pimento cheese
What are some of your favorite keto celery recipes? Share with us in the comments below!
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