Green Beans Get the Green Light

This week’s Wellness Wednesday sheds the light on green beans. Much like their exterior color, this nutrient-dense food earns a green light. No need to yield when deciding whether to include them in tonight’s dinner menu.

Green Bean Frightening Fact

More than 90 percent of both adults and children do not eat the amount of fruits and vegetables recommended by the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

 Quick Tip

Fill half of your plate with fruits & veggies every time you eat, including snack time. (Source: Fruits & Veggies More Matters: September is Fruits & Veggies More Matters Month)

Nutrition Value

Whether you pick them fresh from your garden or grab some handfuls from your local grocery store, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you don’t miss out on all the fabulousness green beans bring to your taste buds, and your health.

Check out all the nutrition in one 100-gram serving of raw green bears.
Vitamin C, K, and A, Manganese, and more.

Must-Try Recipe

Try this delicious, low cholesterol side dish tonight for dinner. Whip it up within 30 minutes, let chill, then slide it on the table for the family. Or better yet, plan ahead. Keep this recipe for the next BBQ or party you’re invited to. Not only will you reap the benefits of green beans, but you’ll be sharing healthy nutrition with others!

 Balsamic Green Bean Salad 

Prep Time: 30 minutes (+ chilling)

Rural Health Initiative Outreach Health Coordinator Dawn canning green beans harvested from her family garden.