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Jan 18, 2007 06:10 PM

Ideas to dress up celery as a minimal-calorie snack?

I have munchies episodes (naturally, I assure you) that hit when I'm stressed or reading Chowhound, and need some ideas of things I can munch on that have minimal calories. The only thing I can think of are celery bits, but there must be more than just mustard and salsa that can flavor them up. Having just read the weird combos thread, there must be someone out there with some tasty idea I would never have thought of.

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  1. Add a little bit of miso paste.

    1. Homemade shrimp cocktail sauce, heavy on the horseradish. Together with the celery, it satisfies the cravings for crunchy, spicy and salty that I, for one, get more often than those for sweets.

      Give me texture and savoury over sweet and gooey any day!

      And the bonus with the cocktail sauce is that it's fat-free and healthy.

      1. Roasted red pepper hummus is lovely on celery...just had some for lunch a moment ago!

        1. Make a dip with fat free yogurt. There are a myriad of options for the dip ingredients. One I make at home often for veggies has a touch of ketchup, sriracha sauce, a little fresh cracked pepper and a twist of lemon.

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          1. re: pescatarian

            Cover it with foie gras! (Just kidding.) I second the yogurt, but put onions and spices in it, a la tzaktziki or raita.

            1. re: pescatarian

              WOW, I can't even imagine what that would taste like. But as a diehard ketchup and sriracha fan, I can't imagine it wouldn't been good.

              1. re: janethepain

                I know it sounds odd, but it tastes yummy. Just think in terms of other types of dips/dressings where ketchup is added - thousand island dressing for example. It might seem strange, but it tastes good and the non-fat yogurt is a healthier base than mayo and it adds a nice tangy note.

                1. re: pescatarian

                  Kind of like an edible bloody mary without the vodka.

            2. fat free cream cheese and a bit of paprika on it