Fight ADHD with Flaxseed

Last week, we discovered that Omega-3 fatty acids are an essential fatty acids that individuals with ADD and ADHD must include in their diets(in case you missed it, read more here). Omega-3s can help fight inflammation and improve ADD and ADHD symptoms. Yesterday we featured a delicious salmon recipe, but I realized many people do not eat fish for a number of reasons.   As a result, today I am focusing on flaxseed. Flaxseeds are a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids, dietary fiber, manganese, and vitamin B1. If you are anything like me, getting out the door in the morning can be a major struggle and I don’t even have kids to worry about. Thats why this recipe I recently discovered, No Bake Energy Bites, is one of the many quick bites I like to have for those (many) chaotic mornings.  I have created my own version of these, which I have included below.  I prefer almond butter, but you can substitute with other types of nut butter.  If you add the chia seeds to these delicious bites of energy, then you will increase the nutritional density of these delightful snacks. These energy bites are quick and easy to make and don’t require any cooking.   I hope you all enjoy.

No Bake Energy Bites (original recipe found here )

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Omega-3 Rich Simple Salmon Recipe


Now that we all have an understanding of the potential benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids for those with ADHD and ADD, it is time to start cooking some meals that provide these essential nutrients. Salmon is an example of a fatty fish that is a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids.  Salmon is also a great source of Vitamin D, which most individuals do not get enough of on a daily basis.  When choosing what type of salmon, keep in mind that wild-caught salmon is a better source of omega-3 fatty acids than farm raised salmon.  One of my go to salmon recipes is Panko Crusted-Salmon, from Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That? by Ina Garten. I have included her recipe below.  When I prepare this recipe, I use lemon infused olive oil instead of regular olive oil to really boost the lemon flavor.  Obviously, there are many ways to prepare salmon and this might not be your first choice.  I would love to hear what your favorite salmon recipe is. Please leave your favorite salmon recipe in the comments.  Thanks for reading and enjoy!

Until Next Time,


The Distracted Dietitian

Panko Crusted Salmon Recipe

ADHD and Me

I want to clarify one thing about my first post: I am not an expert on ADHD. I am, however, an expert on nutrition and dietetics.  I have read many books and other resources on ADHD and various strategies for coping with the challenges of ADHD.  As a result, I have chosen to combine these two areas. Since I was a child, I have struggled with ADHD and maintaining a healthy weight. My personal experience has lead me to believe that food plays an important role in the symptoms associated with ADHD.  If you yourself have ADHD or you are a parent of a child with ADHD, you may know that food affects behavior.  The question is, what foods improve behaviors and symptoms and what foods...