Healthy Holidays: Green Beans with Toasted Almonds

It’s November! Which means the holidays are fast approaching. And often times it’s not just the individual occasion of Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas Eve festivities to worry about, because everyone can afford a cheat day here and there. It’s the stuff leading up to the holiday, like work pot lucks, holiday parties, and cookie baking.

So, to help you get through the holidays with fewer cheats and keep you wearing your skinny jeans into New Year’s eve, I’m starting a recipe thread for “healthy holidays”. Each recipe will be either low calorie, lower carbohydrate, or made with all natural ingredients.

My first “Healthy Holidays” recipe is a turkey day and Christmas favorite at my parents house. Since a lot of holiday spreads feature casseroles, pies, breads, and starchy vegetables, this dish kept a nice, green option on the table. And, its super easy and quick to make, so it doesn’t add much extra effort to your holiday prep!

Green Beans and Toasted Almonds


1 lb fresh green beans

1/2 cup sliced almonds

1 TB unsalted butter

Begin by snapping each end off each green bean and discard ends. If the green beans are really long, you may also want to snap themĀ  in half. Place green beans in a steamer and cook until al dente.

While the green beans are cooking, melt butter in a large saute pan. Toast almonds until medium-brown, turning regularly.

Place green beans in serving dish and top with almonds.

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