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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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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

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...

An Update on Probiotics!

If you have been reading this blog for a couple weeks, you may recall that we focused on probiotics as a key nutrient to include in your diet to help ADHD symptoms. Probiotics are the good bacteria that our microbiomes need.  Individuals with ADHD are more susceptible to overgrowth for various reasons, which is why including probiotics in your diet is key.  Probiotics were one of the topics discussed at the seminar I attended last week.  The following video was shown at the seminar because Dr. Mara felt it was the best explanation of the human microbiome that he had come across.  Here is the human microbiome explained through an animated video. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DTrENdWvvM&app=desktop[/embed] Obviously, there is still a lot to learn and understand about the human microbiome...

10 Protein Packed Breakfast Ideas

This week we have discussed the importance of eating a balanced breakfast. As you may remember, protein has the potential to improve ADHD symptoms because it is needed to produce neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin. Breakfast is important for individuals with and without ADHD.  Individuals with ADHD benefit from a a high protein breakfast that will prevent an unwanted mid-morning crash due to blood sugar levels. 10 Protein Packed Breakfast Ideas Overnight Oats: This is a new trend that I absolutely love. Take ½ cup of oats and add ½ cup of milk, ¼ cup of plain non-fat or low fat greek yogurt (for a dairy free option, try silk soy), and 1 tsp of chia seeds. This will be your base for the overnight oats. ...

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The Keys to a Balanced Breakfast

Everyone has heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but for individuals with ADHD, it is especially important. I personally struggle in the morning to eat a breakfast that will keep me full until lunch. If I don’t have a breakfast plan for the week, I end up picking something up or grabbing something quick at home. Whether you have ADHD or not, you should do whatever it takes to eat a balanced breakfast.  By eating breakfast in the morning, you jump start your metabolism and break your night long fast (break-fast).  What you chose to eat for breakfast can impact the rest of your day. A research study published by Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine found that children who routinely ate breakfast had decreased hyperactivity, fewer behavior problems, lower levels of anxiety and depression, and improved attention span.

Research shows that children with ADHD can’t afford to skip breakfast. For children and adults, it is important to choose a balanced breakfast, rich in key nutrients to maintain blood sugar levels throughout the morning.  If you are wondering how to start your day with a balanced breakfast, here are five tips to help you get started.

5 Keys to a Balanced Breakfast

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...

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