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August 29, 2012 at 11:24 AMComments: 5 Faves: 0

Breakfast: Brain Fuel for ADHD

By Sue More Blogs by This Author

There's a reason they say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Adults will love to hear that it kick starts the body’s metabolism and helps us burn more calories throughout the day. Parents will appreciate that it is fuel for growing bodies and for the cognitive function as well.

The brain needs the nutrient support of food to work. In fact, studies consistently show  a decrease in testing scores and increase in behavioral problems and lack of focus when kids skip breakfast.

The Importance of Breakfast for ADHD Kids

Although it has not yet been proven that nutrient supplementation can affect ADHD symptoms, studies have shown that certain nutrient deficiencies are linked to ADHD. Specifically, individuals with ADHD are more likely to have low levels of fatty acid, iron and zinc. Armed with this knowledge, I am determined to help parents make eating breakfast loaded with these nutrients fun and easy.

Why not do this with pancakes? They are always a hit in my house!

The beauty of pancakes is that you can disguise a number of healthy ingredients within the batter. If kids see or taste something different than they are used to, they are less likely to try it. With these pancakes I have mixed in ground flax seeds and ground walnuts which are almost indistinguishable and loaded with fatty acids - great for cognitive function!

Out-Of-This-World Alien Pancakes

Alien pancakes were actually just one of those recipes I stumbled upon! One morning when whipping up my family’s breakfast I accidentally drizzled some batter in a hot skillet. The few minutes later after I added the batter on top I got a surprise - when I flipped the pancake over a design appeared where that batter had been drizzled. My kids and I decided it looked like some sort of alien! From then on, they were a breakfast staple and my daughters ate them with renewed enthusiasm.

Below is a link to my Alien Pancakes recipe which also gives you tips on how to be successful with your own creations. It takes a few tries to get it right so don’t worry if the first two or three are end up in the trash can.

MOM TIP! Make them ahead and freeze. Pancakes can to be reheated in the toaster oven for a few minutes for a healthy and quick breakfast that can fit in any busy morning routine!

Mushroom Rice Frittata

Another make-ahead breakfast that is loaded with protein is my Mushroom and Rice Frittata. Sounds fancy, but a frittata is actually nothing more than a Spanish omelet!

The eggs are packed with protein and the rice brings a nice balance of carbs. In addition to it being good for cognitive function, it  is one of those stick-to-your-ribs sort of meals. This breakfast will leave your kids feeling fully satiated and thus,  focused on learning instead of wondering what’s for lunch.

MOM TIP! The frittata can be made ahead and served cold or reheated in the microwave making it ideal for hurried mornings.

Live Smart: ADHD

Here I am on WZZM TV 13 whipping up a couple of the recipes from our new Live Smart: ADHD book.

If you are interested in receiving your free copy click the following link and we will send it to you within 10 business days. http://www.smartlivingnetwork.com/recipes/

Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ilavanji/4453046807/sizes/m/in/photostream/

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5 Comments

  • Love the idea of adding ground walnuts or ground flax seed to pancakes. My son is pretty easy going with is diet so I am sure he will ove it. Thanks for the tip.

  • Once kids get used the taste of something they usually will continue to eat it throughout there lives. It's important to expose them to all the wonderful healthy flavors out there at a young age. It sounds like you have done that with your son Silver...kudos!

  • I have a child with ADD and I can't believe how much of a difference a strong healthy breakfast makes for these kids....flax seeds are the best - Thanks Sue Chef

  • Thanks Jgal check out our new book on "Getting To Know ADHD" it's full of tips and recipes. Let us know if you'd like us o send you a free copy. http://www.smartlivingnetwork.com/circle/images/adhd-book-home.jpg

  • I have seen a great improvement in my sons spelling words after giving him a handful of walnuts every week since the past three weeks. I am definitely going to try this new recipe, Thanks you Auds

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