Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute. Add green beans and sauté 10 minutes or until beans are cooked to desired tenderness. Beans should still be bright green in color.
Place almonds in a small pan over medium-low heat. Stir and toast almonds 3 to 4 minutes until golden and fragrant.
Remove hot green beans to a serving bowl. Toss lightly with soy or tamari, and lemon juice. Season with black pepper to taste.