Did you know that green beans can give you that gorgeous sun-kissed glow you so love to have? They are stocked with vitamins and minerals! And that rich green color provides colorful pigments that nourish our cells and help combat aging.
When you think of anti-oxidants, superfoods like gogi berries or acai come to mind. However, green beans have an impressive antioxidant capacity, topping all other beans as a source of anti-oxidants. Further, green beans strengthen bones and connective tissue, while goji berries and acai do not. Green beans also provide us with valuable silicon, and silicon keeps our skin from sagging and our bones from becomming brittle.
The best way to achieve great skin is to have the best minerals and vitamins delivered to your tissue and cells. Green beens contain almost every important vitamin and mineral. They are particularly high in vitamins C, A and B6 but also have important quantities of copper, calcium, and manganese.
And – they are a perfect cleansing food! Eaten raw, naturally sweet and hydrating green beans are the ultimate anytime snack. At lunch, they give a quick, healthy energy boost. For dinner, they are nourishing and filling, yet easy to digest.
Pick up a bag of pre-washed, pre-cut green beans today and try this Fennel and Green Bean Salad!
Slice onion and let sit for 5-10 minutes to bring out its health-promoting properties. Bring water to a boil in a steamer with a tight fitting lid. Cut ends off beans and cut into 1-2 inch pieces. Slice fennel and onion. Steam beans and onion together for about 3 minutes, and add fennel. Steam for another 2 minutes. Drain well and pat with paper towel so any excess water does not dilute taste. Toss with rest of ingredients.
Holistic Nutritionist & Lifestyle Cleanse Expert, Los Angeles
After being diagnosed with cancer when she was 32, Elissa Goodman explored holistic alternatives and combined them with traditional treatments and was able to beat the disease. Her husband wasn’t as fortunate; he succumbed to Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma when he was only 45 after a regimen of doctor-prescribed chemotherapy and two bone marrow transplants. Her personal experience led her to realize the many ways in which nutrition and lifestyle affect our ability to deal with health challenges.