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The Healthy Family Meals Newsletter, Issue #30 -- Wholesome Treats for ADHD Kids
May 07, 2006

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Kindy's Musings....

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder knocks your child's brain chemistry off -- but healthy & wholesome snacks can help set it right!

Over the years, as a dietitian working with kids, I have seen first hand the struggles parents go through with this diagnosis. In this issue, you will find tips and new ideas for your child to thrive.

Creating something yummy to snack on together lets your child help prepare the food with you and can magically whet their appetite as well.

See below for an overview of foods that help ease ADHD symptoms, along with a list of which foods to avoid!

Try the easy recipe below:


Coconut Chips

Prep time: 20 minutes

Yield: Approximately 4-5 servings

A Kid Pleasing Recipe:

Children love to help make coconut chips! There's the refreshing coconut water to drink , the fun of cracking the coconut with a hammer & the reward of fresh coconut.

Leave a bowl of coconut chips out on the counter as a healthy nibble or tuck them into school lunches.

1. Purchase a mature (brown-skinned) coconut that is heavy for its size, has no hairline cracks or moldy spots and sounds full of liquid when shaken.

2. Toasting the coconut slices enhances their flavor and dries them enough to double their refrigerated shelf-life.

3. Ingredients: 1 organic coconut Nutmeg

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Puncture two of the coconut eyes (the soft spots at the rounded end of the nut) with a screwdriver, nutpick or awl.

4. Drain the nut water into a container, strain and enjoy as a lightly-flavored coconut beverage.

5. Bake the whole coconut for 20 minutes, then slice and enjoy.

SOURCE: Rebecca Wood, Food as Medicine

Daily Foods to Favor

Healthy Fats:Healthy fats include omega-3 fatty acids & monounsaturated fatty acids. Superior vegetable oils are extra virgin olive oil and unrefined sesame oil. Choose lunch box treats such as nut cookies, coconut macaroons, deviled eggs, avocados, hard cheese and yogurt.

Protein:Protein helps satisfy hunger pangs and provides essential nutrients. Healthy protein snacks include bean dips, low-fat string cheese, egg salad, jerky, meat kabobs and additive-free smoked salmon and sliced meat.

Vegetables:Use a wide variety of vegetables and prepare them in diverse ways. Favor dark leafy greens and aim to serve an orange vegetalbe like carrot, yam or winter squash every day. For veggie snacks, use pureed roasted vegetables such as red peppers, eggplant or onions for high flavor dips. Vary the expected celery and carrot sticks with jicama, cucumber or bell peppers. Nori, the edible seaweed wrapper around sushi is tasty when wrapped about cucumber wedges.

Healthy Carbohydrates:Whole grains are the carbohydrates to favor but only if they are still in their seed form, like brown rice, whole quinoa, millet or buckwheat. Children with ADHD need to reduce their carbohydrate intake of fruits, fruit juice and sweetners. When eating an occasional sweet treat, favor naturally sweetened ones. So how to get whole grains into your child's lunchbox? Choose grain products like 100% whole wheat pita pockets or pasta. Embellish cookie recipes with protein-rich ingredients like nuts, seeds and eggs.

ADHD Food Irritants to AVOID:


-Food additives, preservatives & artificial sweeteners

-Stimulants (including any food or beverage with caffeine)

-Trans fats and refined fats and oils found in processed and fast foods

-Common household chemicals

And four to minimize:

-Pasteurized dairy products

-Wheat and corn products

-Fruit juice

-Soy products

What will your family do for healthier MEALTIMES?

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Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Kindy --Your Family Dietitian

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