They're a popular vegetable but most people who count green beans as one of their favorite vegetables probably don't know how healthy they are. They just like the taste and the crunch.
Like other vegetables, green beans are a good source of fiber, potassium, and folate, and are an excellent source of protein, iron, and zinc. They contain anti-oxidants similar to those found in green tea, also known as catechins, which can improve heart health and help prevent cancer and manage/prevent diabetes. Plus they are also a good source of Vitamin C which helps to fight infection and has protective benefits for our immune system.
A one cup serving of ½-inch pieces contains 30 calories and a whopping 3.4 grams of fiber. This alone should be a motivator to incorporate green beans into more of your meals!
Green beans are available nearly year-round in supermarkets but the peak season for fresh green and wax beans is May through September. Frozen green beans are another way to have this healthy vegetable on hand all the time, for dinner, sides, and more. And they are versatile, green beans take on flavors really nicely as the skin of the bean can easily hold flavor. Try them in these five recipes and also check out our other green bean recipes.