Green beans were among them.
People usually think that all types of beans have the same number of calories.
So did I and always tried to avoid having them because they were too fattening.
Well, not the green ones. Besides being extremely healthy and delicious they have only 43 calories per cup and 0 grams of fat!
Don’t imagine that because they have very few calories they have no nutrients at all. They are a very important source of minerals, vitamins and micronutrients specific to plants. If you consider all the benefits they have for the health you could say that green beans are not just any other type of food, but medicine for the body.
- They help maintaining the health of bones due to the vitamin K and the high amount of calcium. This vitamin is also very important for the pregnancy as it helps the development of the fetus.
- They help the cardiovascular system because they contain potassium, magnesium and vitamin B2.
- They contain lots of fibers. It has been proven that fiber consumption has a positive effect on blood pressure so if you need to lower it you can choose green beans as a natural remedy.
- Besides being good for the heart, green beans have been proven to be very efficient in fighting arthritis or asthma because of the anti-inflammatory properties.
There are so many ways you can cook green beans that you can never get bored of eating them. You can grill them, sauté them, add them to a salad, eat them as a main dish or as a side dish. They take very little time to cook and preserve all their properties especially when using a steamer.
Here is a salad I tried recently and simply loved it:
- Fresh green beans
- Spinach or rucola salad
- Cherry tomatoes
- Artichokes or asparagus
- A red onion thinly sliced
For the dressing:
- Lemon juice
- One tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
- Two tablespoons of olive oil
- Salt and red pepper (try the marinated one, is delicious)
- Freshly minced oregano
- One garlic glove
The quantity of the ingredients for the salad can vary according to the preferences. This salad is fantastic, has a lot of vitamins and very few calories. Even though this might add a few calories, you should try to add some feta cheese on top. The creamy texture makes the salad delicious. Bon Appetit!
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