These crunchy, green pods are full of nutrients and contribute hints of sweetness to a dish. Green beans are full of fiber and water which are great for that feeling of satiety when sitting down at a meal. Just 1 cup of green beans contain around 2 grams of protein. In addition to vitamins C, A, and K, green beans are a good source of silicon which helps maintain bone and tissue health. Calorie for calorie, green beans contain almost as much omega-3 fatty acids as walnuts! This is great for skin, and brain health and reducing inflammation.
For optimal nutrition, steam green beans until tender. These make a super easy side dish with toasted slivered almonds and caramelized onions on top. Or add them to a stir fry with a hot sauce for a spicier kick.