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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...

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...

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. ...

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...

8 Ways Maximize Your Magnesium Intake

This week, we have focused on the micro nutrient; Magnesium. As you may remember, magnesium is the 4th most abundant mineral in the body. Magnesium is essential for over 300 enzymatic reactions, and individuals with ADHD are more likely to have lower levels of magnesium.  The symptoms of inadequate magnesium levels are similar to the symptoms of ADHD.  How much magnesium do you need to meet your daily needs? The answer is 400 mg, according to the USDA recommendations.  Now that you know the importance of getting enough magnesium in your diet, especially if you have  ADHD, here are some sources of magnesium to help you maximize your magnesium intake. 8 Ways to Maximize Your Magnesium Intake: Seeds: Pumpkin Seeds have 151 mg of magnesium in a...

Magnesium Rich Weeknight Wonder Recipe

This week we are focusing on the mineral magnesium and the role that it can play in improving your ADHD symptoms.  This delicious recipe features spinach and avocado, which are both great sources of magnesium and spinach is in season during the Spring.   This week’s weeknight wonder recipe is Spaghetti with Spinach Avocado Sauce, which is originally from CookingLight magazine. When I first saw this recipe, I couldn’t wait to make it because I love just about anything with avocado.  I hope you enjoy this great combination of flavors.

All New Weeknight Wonder Recipe to Maximize Your Magnesium Intake!

10 Sources of Powerful Probiotics

Yesterday, you learned about the power of probiotics and the benefits of these healthy microbes for individuals with ADHD. The brain-gut axis is a very powerful connection that is extremely important for those of us with ADHD to keep in mind.  Now that you know you need to include probiotics in your diet, what foods should you look for?  I have put together a list of the sources of probiotics so that you can maximize your healthy microbe intake and hopefully correct any imbalance in your gut micro-biome. Here are 10 Probiotic Rich Foods: Yogurt: One of the best sources of probiotics you can eat. Be sure to choose yogurt that says live and active cultures on the label to ensure you are getting the probiotics...

The Pros of Probiotics

Did you know that the bacteria in your gut and your ADHD symptoms might be connected? I certainly didn’t until I began researching for this week’s nutrient-probiotics.  I recently learned about the gut-brain continuum and decided to explore this topic in more detail this week. The gut-brain axis must be considered when managing any type of neurological condition, including ADHD. The gut micro-biome is controlled by the enteric nervous system. It has over 100 million neurons and 30 neurotransmitters and it is where 95% of the body’s serotonin is found. The gut micro-biome has the ability to modulate brain activity, specifically mood and behavior.

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...

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