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...


Slow Cooker Sunday: Sesame Ginger Chicken

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend and hopefully the weather is as nice where you are as it is here. It is finally starting to feel like spring and as summer get closer, you may be thinking about putting your slow cooker away for the summer.  Resist the urge! Slow cooker and crockpot recipes are not seasonal.  This Sesame Ginger Chicken is a great source of protein and is rich in zinc and magnesium. [mpprecipe-recipe:7] I hope you enjoy this slow cooker Sunday recipe. I would love to hear from you. What is your favorite slow cooker recipe? Leave a comment and share. Be sure to check back on Monday for an all new Nutrient to Focus On. Thanks for reading! Until Next Time, The Distracted Dietitian...

Slow Cooker Sunday Recipe: BBQ Chicken

As the weather starts to get warmer, I tend to move away from using the crockpot. This spring I am going to try something new and continue to use the slow cooker to make more seasonal dishes.  The bottom line is that the slow cooker makes life easier and allows me to do yard work all day and still have a delicious meal on the table for dinner.  This week's slow cooker recipe is Succulent BBQ Chicken. This recipe can be rich in vitamin B6 and zinc, which can improve ADHD symptoms, if you choose a combination of light and dark meat. Chicken is also a great source of protein, which is also important for individuals with ADHD.   The trick to this recipe is...

5 Tips to Help You Meet Your Zinc Needs Every Day

This week, we have focused on zinc and the critical role that this trace mineral plays in ADHD. Zinc is involved in Essential fatty acid conversion (Omega-3s) Brain development (deficiency is associated with inattentiveness) Neurotransmitter conversion (critical in ADHD because of already low levels) So how do you make sure that you are getting the zinc that you need each day? As a reminder, women need 8 mg and men need 11 mg.  Here are the 5 sources of zinc for meat eaters and 5 tips for vegetarians 5 Tips for Meat Eaters: Beef (Chuck Roast): 7 mg in 3 oz of braised beef Pork Shoulder: 3 oz contains 4.2 mg of zinc; Pork Chops contain 2.9 mg in 3 oz cooked Oysters: Just one medium oyster contains 5.3 mg of zinc Alaskan King Crab: 6.5 mg in...

Nutrient to Focus On: Zinc

By now, you know that diet and exercise play a crucial role in ADHD.  Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and iron all have the potential to improve ADHD symptoms.  This week, we will turn the focus on zinc. Zinc is a trace element and a micro-mineral. It is involved in over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body.  Zinc has many important functions: it regulates the activity of intracellular brain signals (including dopamine); it regulates the activity of fatty acids and melatonin; and it plays a structural role in protein.  Each of these functions plays an important role in the symptoms of ADHD, which is why zinc is the nutrient to focus on this week.

Some studies have shown that children with ADHD have lower levels of zinc than children without ADHD, which suggests a relationship between zinc concentrations and ADHD symptoms. Another research study suggested that zinc may help improve ADHD related behavior and symptoms. Omega-3 fatty acids have shown to be the most effective nutrients in reducing ADHD symptoms through diet. Zinc provides protection against oxidative damage of Omega-3 fatty acids.  Without zinc, these benefits may be compromised if the omega-3 fatty acids oxidize and form free radicals. Zinc supplements have shown to alleviate some symptoms of ADHD including hyperactivity and impulsivity. I believe that you and your child can meet your daily Zinc needs by including the right foods in your diet.  The best sources of zinc are animal proteins including meat, fish and poultry.  Pork shoulder is a great source of zinc, with 4.2 mg in a 3 ounce serving, which is why I have chosen Pork Carnitas as today’s recipe.