O2 Fitness Food of the Week: Green Beans

Nov 11, 2013

Green beans are an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin K (important for bone health). This veggie is a very good source of folate, vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium and dietary fiber (all important for heart health).  Additionally, green beans provide a good amount of iron, vitamin B1, calcium, phosphorus, copper, protein and omega-3 fatty acids.

Green and wax beans (binomial name of both cultivars Phaseolus vulgaris) on display at a farmer's market

Garlicky Green Beans with Pine Nuts

Makes 6-8 servings.


  • 1-½ pounds green beans, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • ⅓ cup (about 2 ounces) pine nuts
  • salt and pepper


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Add the green beans and cook until just tender, 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  • Add the pine nuts and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes.
  • Drain the green beans and transfer to the skillet.
  • Add ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper and toss to coat.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl!

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