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Celery with Apricot Blue Cheese Spread

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Celery with Apricot Blue Cheese Spread
En Español

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  • Makes: 4 Servings
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes

Crunchy sweet celery is a versatile snack food, just right for this flavorful spread. Filled with dried fruit and nuts, this enticing and quick low-fat spread can be made ahead or on the spot. You could also serve it on whole grain crackers as an appetizer.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese
  • 3 tablespoons fat-free cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup fat-free yogurt (plain)
  • 4 dried apricots
  • 4 dried figs or dates
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 8 stalks celery

Directions

1. Chop dried fruit and pecans.

2. Mix blue cheese, cream cheese, and yogurt with a fork or hand mixer until smooth.

3. Stir in chopped, dried fruit and pecans. Refrigerate spread until ready for use.

4. Slice celery stalks into 3-4 inch sticks.

5. Fill celery pieces with spread.

 

Notes

Tips on how to select, store, and serve celery:

• Choose straight, rigid celery stalks with fresh leaves. Avoid pithy, woody, or limp stalks

• Refrigerate in a plastic bag for a week or more.

• Add chopped celery stalks and celery leaves to your soups, stews, and casseroles for extra nutrition, flavor, and crunch.

• Add diced celery to your favorite tuna, chicken, egg, or vegetable salad recipe for extra texture.

• Cut-up celery for a flavorful addition to healthy stir-fry dishes.

Source: Produce For Better Health Foundation

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1/4 of the recipe
Nutrients Amount
Total Calories 140
Total Fat 6 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Cholesterol 5 mg
Sodium 220 mg
Carbohydrates 16 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Total Sugars 12 g
Added Sugars included 0 g
Protein 6 g
Vitamin D 0 mcg
Calcium 200 mg
Iron 1 mg
Potassium 408 mg
N/A - data is not available
Nutrients Amount
Total Calories 140
Total Fat 6 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Monounsaturated Fat 3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2 g
Linoleic Acid 2 g
α-Linolenic Acid 0.1 g
Omega 3 - EPA 0 mg
Omega 3 - DHA 0 mg
Cholesterol 5 mg
Carbohydrates 16 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Total Sugars 12 g
Added Sugars included 0 g
Protein 6 g
Minerals
Calcium 200 mg
Potassium 408 mg
Sodium 220 mg
Copper 171 mcg
Iron 1 mg
Magnesium 35 mg
Phosphorus 168 mg
Selenium 3 mcg
Zinc 1 mg
Vitamins
Vitamin A 24 mcg RAE
Vitamin B6 0.1 mg
Vitamin B12 0.3 mcg
Vitamin C 4 mg
Vitamin D 0 mcg
Vitamin E 0 mg
Vitamin K 13 mcg
Folate 25 mcg DFE
Thiamin 0.1 mg
Riboflavin 0.2 mg
Niacin 1 mg
Choline 21 mg
Note: only nutrients that are available will show on this display

MyPlate Food Groups

MyPlate Food Groups
Fruits
1/4 cups
Vegetables
1 cup
Protein Foods
1/2 ounces
Dairy
1/4 cups