Now that you know the good, the bad and the ugly about green bean casserole, we wanted to share a few healthy ingredients you can add to this holiday dish to boost the nutrition. Toss these five healthy additions into your favorite green bean casserole recipe and reap the nutritional benefits this Thanksgiving!
5 Healthy Add-Ins for Your Green Bean Casserole
1. Slivered almonds. High in vitamin E and phytochemicals, almonds have been shown to protect against cardiovascular disease and even cancer. Toss half a cup in your green bean casserole recipe for an extra healthy crunch.
2. Cayenne pepper. Not everyone likes her green bean casserole spicy, but for those who don't mind a little heat, try adding a teaspoon or two of cayenne pepper to your green bean casserole recipe. Just half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper can boost metabolism and cause the body to burn an extra 10 calories on its own. Cayenne pepper has also been shown to reduce appetite. A total bonus during the holiday season!
3. Portobello mushrooms. Up the mushroom flavor in your green bean casserole by adding a cup of chopped portobello mushrooms. These mushrooms add a depth of flavor and are high in fiber and low in calories.
4. Red bell pepper strips. Sometimes green bean casserole takes on a less than appetizing hue. So perk up your presentation by adding in some lightly sautéed and brightly colored red bell pepper strips. High in vitamin C, red bell pepper adds a unique and festive dimension to your green bean casserole.
5. Horseradish. In the foodie world, horseradish is loved for its flavor and it's almost superfood status. Add a teaspoon or two into your green bean casserole recipe to help with digestion and bloating. Perfect for that big Thanksgiving dinner!
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.