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Balsamic Chicken Tomato Basil Pasta Salad

Hopefully you have figured out a few different ways to maximize your tomato harvest from my last post. One of the ways I suggested you utilize your tomatoes is by making a pasta salad with tomatoes.  Personally, I am not a big fan of pasta salad with a mayonnaise base.  This pasta salad recipe uses a balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing and tastes delicious with fresh tomatoes. I discovered this recipe from my mother-in-law.  This is one of my husbands favorite recipes that his mom used to make him.  She gave him the recipe a few years ago for him to someday cook.  Sadly, he never learned to cook so I ended up making her recipe. For this recipe, I usually use cherry tomatoes.  You...

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Making the Most of Your Tomato Harvest

As I have mentioned before, this year was my first year growing vegetables and I am learning new strategies along the way.  I have had more success with some vegetables than with others, but I am still surprised with the amount that my gardens have produced.  Early this summer, I was worried that my tomato plants were not going to make it through the early summer months.  Luckily, I had several crops that rebounded and have started producing an abundance of tomatoes.  I love tomatoes and want to utilize every last cherry tomato if possible. Nothing is more frustrating than harvesting vegetables from your own garden and having them spoil because you waited too long to use them.  If you have an abundance of tomatoes...

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Hydrating Foods to Eat

Last week, we looked at the importance of staying hydrated and learned about different strategies to help you drink enough fluids throughout the day. Here in Portland, we continue to have temperatures much higher than normal. This past Friday, it was 100 degrees in some places. It is important to drink lots of fluids in the heat, but there are foods you can choose that can help prevent dehydration. These fruits and vegetables provide important vitamins and minerals to improve ADHD symptoms.  These 15 hydrating foods all contain at least 85% water to help you stay hydrated with food.

15  Hydrating Foods

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Zucchini Goat Cheese Tart

Happy Monday Everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. We celebrated my husband's birthday and watched the olympics.  Our puppy Champ has been in a puppy training class for the past 5 weeks and he had his test this Saturday, which he passed with flying colors! All in all it was a great weekend. I wanted to share a recipe for a Zucchini Goat Cheese Tart that I made this weekend that was delicious. The recipe uses zucchinis, which are in season right now.  It can be an appetizer, but it makes for an excellent meatless Monday dish. I found this dish to be very quick and easy to prepare.   Enjoy! [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:5] I would love to hear from you! What did you think of this dish?...

9 Tips to Stay Hydrated All Summer

This week we have turned our focus on water because of the vital role it plays in individuals with ADHD and those without. Staying hydrated throughout the summer can be a challenge, especially when the temperature climbs into the high 80s and 90s. According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), healthy women need 91 ounces of water daily and healthy men need 125 ounces of water daily. Simply put, you need 5 to 7 bottles of water. It can be very challenging to meet your daily hydration needs.  Personally, I find it challenging to meet my daily needs with water alone and am always looking for alternatives. Here are some tips for staying hydrated for the entire year!

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Nutrient to Focus On: Water, H2O

As the weather heats up here in Maine, staying hydrated becomes even more important.  The weather in Maine is usually great. We have warm days and cool nights, which allows us to go without central air conditioning. This summer, the heat has been sticking around longer than usual. We have had far too many days in the high 80s and even into the 90s.  These warm summer days make staying hydrated even more important than usual.  Water is important for everyone, but H20 plays an important role in individuals with ADHD. Here are five major functions of water/H2O: The Functions of Water: Regulates body temperature Involved in blood circulation Plays a role in numerous biochemical reactions throughout the body Circulates key nutrients throughout the body Removes waste from...

Balsamic Fig Pork Tenderloin

Weeks ago, I promised to share a recipe that I would be testing out.  I happy to announce that I will finally be sharing this delicious pork tenderloin with you today.  As an added bonus, I will show you two different ways to prepare this dish. I am always looking for new marinade ideas and I recently discovered this balsamic fig marinade that goes extremely well with pork.  As I have mentioned in the past, the slow cooker/crock pot is something that can be used throughout the summer. It is a year round tool that I try to utilize as much as possible.  This recipe is great because it can be made in the slow cooker or on the grill.  If you do make it...

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When to Buy Organic

After my last post on organic vegetable gardening, I had some questions from readers about when to buy organic.  Choosing whether or not to buy organic fruits and vegetables can be overwhelming. Purchasing organic produce is often more expensive, but there are certain fruits and vegetables that are not worth the extra cost.  The question is, how do you know which foods to buy organic? You're in luck! Today I am going to give you a list of fruits and vegetables that are known to be significantly higher in pesticides that are worth the organic price tag and a list of foods are not worth buying organic. 16 Foods to Buy Organic: Strawberries Apples Nectarines Peaches Celery Grapes Cherries Spinach Tomatoes Bell Peppers Cherry Tomatoes Cucumbers Leafy...

Growing Organic Vegetables

I apologize for my time away and lack of posts over the last two weeks.  My husband Andrew and I have been very busy with two things: preparing for our puppy and working in the garden.  Here is a sneak peak of our golden retriever puppy:  We pick him up on Saturday and have been busy getting everything ready for his arrival.  The second thing that has been keeping me busy is the garden.  Over the last few months, we have put in a patio, two raised vegetable beds, and about 48 sq feet of regular garden beds.  Last week, we finished everything off with window boxes.  Needless to say, we have been very busy. After spending this morning walking around my vegetable gardens and seeing how...

Focus on Folate: Spring Pasta with Asparagus, Peas, & Herbs

This week we have been focusing on folate as the nutrient of the week. In the last post you learned how much folate you need and where you can find it. As I have mentioned before, I am a big believer in meeting your nutrient needs through diet. This recipe helps you focus on folate and meet your daily needs and uses fresh seasonal vegetables! This is a great seasonal pasta recipe. My husband loves Fettuccini Alfredo, but I don't like to make it because it is high calorie, and high in fat.  This is a great substitute for a white cream sauce and uses seasonal vegetables! We already have fresh asparagus in Maine and soon we will have fresh peas from the garden. This is a...

The Sources of Folate

This week, we have been focusing on folate (vitamin B9) and the important role it plays in ADHD. Today we will continue to focus on folate and learn more about the sources of folate.  Vitamin B9 is needed to synthesize amino acids that are the building blocks for DNA, and neurotransmitters.  Individuals with ADHD have lower levels of dopamine to begin with, which is why it is critical to increase the production of these neurotransmitters as much as possible. The amount of folate that you need depends on your age and your gender. Women who are at a child bearing age or are trying to become pregnant should increase their folate intake. In addition, women who are lactating also have increased folate needs.   Here is the breakdown: Infants...

Focus on Folate

Happy Monday everyone! I apologize for my brief hiatus. I started a per diem dietitian job at a hospital and have been training, so I haven't had much time to write.  This is the post from a week and a half ago. I just wanted to refresh your memory on the importance of folate before I share with you the best sources of vitamin B9 and some new recipes. Over the past two weeks, we have discussed some important updates on some of the key nutrients that help improve ADHD symptoms, including, omega-3 fatty acids and probiotics.  This week we will turn our attention to a new nutrient and the role it plays in ADHD.  Folate is a water soluble B vitamin that plays an important role...

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