Green beans are the classic green vegetable. They have loyally been assuming their position on your plate right next to the potato for years, but for some reason we never give them the credit they deserve. It seems spinach is getting celebrity status and kale is the hottest thing since sliced bread all while green beans lurk in their shadows. This summer I am bringing green beans back and here is why:
- Green beans contain protein, fiber, vitamins A, B complex, C and K, iron, magnesium, manganese and potassium and are full of chlorophyll (the pigment that makes them green) which is energizing, detoxifying and just super good for you!
- Green beans are full of antioxidants. Since sun exposure can cause free radical damage, summer is the perfect time to load up on foods high in antioxidants to protect our bodies from their damage. Think of it as eating your sunscreen!
- We all love to barbecue during this season, however charring meats can produce toxic byproducts that are known carcinogens. Enter green beans. Their high chlorophyll and antioxidant content helps offset this damage. Make sure to load up your plate the next time you grill for this protective effect.
- Green beans are inexpensive, easy to clean and so versatile to cook with. They steam, grill or sauté in minutes and can also be served cold to make beautiful, healthy salads.
Tara Miller is a holistic nutritionist practicing at the Centre for Social Innovation in Toronto. Through her consulting she teaches individuals how easy it is to love whole foods and achieve health and balance through simple daily changes. Tara is also the owner of the Health Hut in Muskoka where she offers effective and toxic-free beauty, household and specialty food items. You can follow her blog for holistic recipes and tips at taramillernutrition.com