Green beans can actually help you lose weight. It sounds crazy, but it’s true: green beans have a number of features that can really and truly affect your waistline.
The best part? They’re super inexpensive, so you can load up without breaking the bank (like most health foods do!)
The green bean is a versatile vegetable that is both low in fat and high in dietary fiber. If you're trying to lose weight, adding green beans to your diet may provide essential nutrients without adding excess calories.
Fortunately, green beans can be eaten raw, as well as used in healthy dishes like soups and side dishes. Understanding how to incorporate green beans into your weight loss plan can help you enjoy this low-calorie, low-fat vegetable.
Green beans diet plan
Let's start with a healthy breakfast that includes freshly blanched green beans, an egg white omelette or a low-fat quiche. Eating a protein and fiber-rich breakfast that includes green beans can help you feel fuller for longer so that you eat less.
In addition, you're less likely to turn to convenience foods as snacks, because by eating breakfast, you're not ravenous by mid-morning.
Prepare single portion servings of your favorite low-fat dressing or dip in reusable storage containers and refrigerate. Wash single handfuls of green beans and don't forget to remove the stems.
Place each serving of beans in a plastic sandwich bag or container and store in the fridge. Bring with you a container or two of both the dressing or dip and the beans with you for a healthy snack at work or school.
This will be a low-fat, high-fiber way to feed your hunger without adding significant amounts of calories to your diet.
Add chopped or halved green beans to salads or entrees to add texture and flavor and reduce the number of calories in the meal.
A 3/4 cup of fresh green beans contains only 20 calories! Using green beans to stretch foods like potato dishes and salads can significantly reduce the number of calories you eat while still feeling like you've eaten full portions (That's the secret!).
Snack on fresh green beans after dinner, in lieu of dessert. For a sweet touch, dip the beans in a low-fat honey mustard dressing or dip. Eating green beans instead of a high fat, high calorie dessert is a good way to increase your fiber intake and keep you feeling satisfied. In addition, a serving or two of green beans with dressing or dip is significantly lower in calories than most desserts. For an added gourmet touch, sprinkle a tablespoon of ground almonds over the green beans.