zucchini goat cheese tart

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?...

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Before we turn our attention to breakfast, I wanted to share this delicious Meatless Monday recipe with you. This recipe is the ideal recipe for individuals looking to improve their ADHD symptoms through diet. This vegetarian recipe contains protein, iron, magnesium, vitamin B6, and omega-3 fatty acids (thanks to the chia seeds).  Not only is this recipe a healthy meatless Monday choice, but it contains almost all the nutrients that can help improve your ADHD symptoms. [mpprecipe-recipe:3] I hope you enjoy this vegetarian dish. My husband and I liked this dish so much we are having it again for dinner tonight! Please let me know what you think in the comments and let everyone know what your favorite meatless Monday dish is.  I would love to hear from...

Nutrient to Focus On: Iron

Last week, we continued to investigate the relationship between ADHD and diet by exploring the benefits that protein has on an ADHD brain. This week, we will begin looking at the micronutrients that play a role in ADHD symptoms and behavior.  This week's Nutrient to Focus on is: IRON! Iron is a mineral that our bodies need to survive. It helps provide oxygen to our organs and is involved in dopamine transport in the brain. Last week we discovered that low levels of dopamine is common in those with ADHD. Research suggests that children with ADHD are more likely to have low iron levels. Here are the symptoms of to look for if you are concerned about low iron levels: Increased irritability and inattentiveness Depression Poor Memory Finicky appetite Symptoms of restless leg syndrome As you can see, there...

Nutrient to Focus On: Protein

Nutrition is the process of taking in food and using it for growth, metabolism and repair.  Specific nutrients provide our bodies with the fuel that we need to survive.  These nutrients are categorized into two sub groups: macronutrients and micronutrients.  Protein is a macronutrient that our bodies cannot function without, which is why this week’s nutrient to focus on is protein.  Whether or not you have ADHD, protein is an essential nutrient that you must include in your diet.  For those of us with ADHD, there may be extra benefits to getting the amount of protein you need. Research suggests that ADHD is caused by low or abnormal levels of dopamine in the brain.  Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that carries nerve impulses across the brain.  Dopamine levels are associated with motor and cognitive function, both of which are related to  ADHD. You might be wondering, “What does dopamine have to do with protein? ” When you eat a source of protein, your body breaks the protein into amino acids and transport them across the body.   Amino acids are used to maintain your body’s muscles, blood, bones, and organs.  L-Tyrosine is an amino acid that can be used to form dopamine, which can lead to better motor and cognitive function and can potentially improve ADHD symptoms.  The bottom line: High quality protein sources can provide L-Tyrosine can lead to increased dopamine levels in the brain and potentially reduced ADHD symptoms.

Here are the six main sources of protein that you need to know:

  1. Eggs
  2. Nuts and Seeds
  3. Poultry
  4. Beans and Peas
  5. Meat
  6. Seafood

You now know the main sources of protein and how they can benefit those with ADHD.  Since it is a Monday, I want to share a “Meatless Monday” recipe with you all.  One of my go-to Meatless Monday recipes is tomato soup with chickpeas and pesto.  What goes better with tomato soup than grilled cheese? My husband and I usually split a grilled cheese sandwich to have with our tomato soup to cut down on the extra calories.  The chickpeas in this soup are a great source of protein and fiber.  What are some of your favorite Meatless Monday recipes?

Meatless Monday Recipe: Tomato Soup

Quick and easy tomato soup with chickpeas and pesto

Recipe Source: Runner’s World