Get Active Today: Six healthy diet additions


Nick Miller -- Web Editor

Tonight's "Get Active Today" report is focused on helping you eat better.

We asked a dietician for a list of six things you should consider adding to your healthy diet if you haven't already.

Leafy greens are an important addition. Lettuce, kale, turnip greens, and broccoli are good options.
They are full of phytonutrients and fiber which help you fight disease and get enough vitamins and minerals from natural sources.

Registered dietician Lorrie Terry told us that they can "help reduce inflammation, which can help with arthritis. They can help reduce your risk for certain cancers."

The second recommendation are omega 3s, which can be from fish, nuts, or oils. Mackeral, herring, salmon, sardines, flaxseeds, and walnuts are all good choices.

Another good addition would be legumes, which include beans, peas, lentils, and peanuts. These items are fiberous and inexpensive and work well in soups, salads, and burritos.

The fourth recommendation are berries. Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries are readily available when they are in season.  Frozen and canned varieties can work but watch out for how much sugar is added.

Tea is another good addition. Research has shown that antioxidants found in tea could help you avoid certain diseases. A glass of homemade iced tea is a cheap alternative to soda.

The sixth recommendation is whole grains instead of white beans, rice, and pasta. It will add more fiber to your diet and leave you with fewer spikes in your blood sugar.

Terry advises you to try one new thing at a time and experiment to find ones you like.

An example of a tasty way to add some fiber, protein, and other nutrients are homemade black bean burgers.