Who doesn’t like a great snap of a crisp, fresh green bean with the creamy almond flavored butter and crunchy almond slivers?
It’s definitely a staple during the holidays. But its, unfortunately, not the best vegetable side to have on the Thanksgiving table. Going through the classic recipe, the average calorie count for Green Bean Almondine is about 190 calories and 128 calories is directly from fat. Now, wouldn’t you love to find a green bean dish without the worry of so much fat? I mean, you have to leave room for dessert, right?
Now this is not because I work for the company but I think Whole Foods Market has come up with the best healthy eating program that promotes low in fat recipes and fresh ingredients. “Health Starts Here” is their newest healthy eating initiative that is available online with many recipes and tips as well as in every single one of their stores. It has four main concepts that is essential to a healthy diet and for proper weight control. Those “four pillars” of healthy eating: 1. using healthy, unprocessed fats that come from avocados, nuts, and seeds, 2. keeping your diet full of vegetables and fruits, 3. using ingredients that are whole, fresh, and unprocessed, and 4. get more bang of your buck as far as calories and nutrients are concerned. http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/healthstartshere/
So taking those four essential concepts of healthy eating will definitely keep you a few steps ahead of the curve when trying to get a handle on your diet and weight loss. Now needless to say, read up on it on Whole Foods Market’s website. I promise its the best thing for you and its convenient since they provide many of the recipes fully cooked and ready-to-eat at their locations in the prepared foods department.
So back to the healthy version of Green Bean Almondine. WFM calls this their Green Beans with Pecans and Clementine Dressing. It’s pretty awesome if I say so myself. With only 80 calories and 50 from fat, you give yourself extra room for a slice of that pumpkin pie! Enjoy!
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Stay tuned for the next recipe! Happy Holidays!