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Green Beans with Lemon and Almonds

Today's guest post is a simple yet delicious side dish from the very talented Elviira, the author of Low-carb, So Simple. Elviira's blog is unlike any other low-carb blog you may have come across. Apart from stunning photography, you'll find amazing, easy to prepare recipes with no more than 5 ingredients. This is a real lifesaver for all of us with busy lifestyles!

Green beans are naturally low in carbs and contain an ample amount of vital nutrients. As they are quick to prepare and you can vary them endlessly, they can easily become a staple in your healthy lifestyle. In this side dish green beans get some flavor and tang from lemon juice. Olive oil provides good fats and mild taste. Sliced almonds -- which are cooked in olive oil to maximize the toasty, nutty flavor -- give texture and crunch. Gently fried garlic complements the flavors with a savory touch.

Preparation time


Nutritional values (per serving):

6.5 grams 3.7 grams 3.5 grams 9.8 grams 1.2 grams 131 calories
Total Carbs10.2grams
Net Carbs6.5grams
of which Saturated1.2grams
Magnesium43mg (11% RDA)
Potassium291mg (15% EMR)

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (20.2%), protein (11%), fat (68.9%)

Ingredients (makes 4 servings):

  • 1 lb fresh green beans, trimmed (450g)
  • 1-2 tbsp freshly squeezed juice from organic lemon (36g / 1.3 oz)
  • ½ tsp unrefined sea salt (or to taste)
  • 2 tbsp organic extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
  • ⅓ cup sliced organic almonds (80 ml)


  1. Let’s take a look how to make this simple but scrumptious side dish. Use trimmed, fresh green beans and steam them until crisp-tender. In case you cannot get fresh beans, use frozen, defrosted green beans (you might have to cook them quickly, just follow the instructions in the package). When you have steamed the beans and they are still warm, take a large bowl. In the bowl, place the steamed green beans…

2. …lemon juice…
3. …and the salt.
4. Toss well and set aside. 5. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Place the olive oil in the skillet.
5. Add the almonds to the hot olive oil. 6. Cook and mix until the almonds have got some color.
7. Add the garlic for the rest of the 30 seconds.
8. Continue cooking until the garlic is golden brown. Don't add the garlic too early, as it easily turns too brown and gets burned flavor if fried too long. It also loses much of its nutrients if cooked more than 60 seconds.
9. Add the garlic and almond mixture in the bean salad. 10. Toss well.
11. Serve immediately.

About Elviira

Elviira is a former music scientist and computational linguist who is nowadays professionally developing simple and healthy recipes with organic and natural ingredients. She has been studying nutrition, different diets and cooking for a few decades. On her journey from a strict raw vegan to a conscious omnivore, she has collected an extensive collection of hundreds of diet books and cookbooks, still relentlessly digging into new studies and old traditions.

After she got seriously ill -- with no doctor being able to help -- she started to do research how to get healthy again. Healing herself with gluten-free, sugar-free low-carb food, she is nowadays completely healthy and full of energy, developing and sharing simple and healthful recipes with mouthwatering photos on her blog,, hoping to help other people heal themselves and live healthy lives, full of energy and happiness.

Several thousands of people visit Elviira's blog daily to find simple and healthy gluten-free, sugar-free low-carb recipes. The blog has currently over 90,000 Facebook followers.. As a native Finn, Elviira also blogs in Finnish for whenever she has time.

You can also find Elviira on Twitter at @lowcarbsosimple.

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Comments (3)

Made it for lunch with some pulled pork today. I would probably use less garlic next time but it was still delish especially the almonds!


Sounds delicious! Smile


My fave veg! Thanks for sharing, making it tonight Smile


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