Green beans are one of the highest sources of the mineral silicon, which is integral for bone health and the formation of connective tissue, thus helping the body heal on a profound level. For a healthy side dish: sautee blanched beans with halved cherry tomatoes, chopped garlic and a pinch of red pepper flakes.
*To blanche, add green beans to a pot of boiling water for 1 minute. Remove with a slotted spoon into a bowl of ice water. This will "shock" the beans and halt cooking, preserving their bright green color.