We have all heard it many times - Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This is especially true for people with ADHD. “If you don’t eat properly, you can become distracted, impulsive, and restless,” says Ned Hallowell, M.D.
Therefore, we should make certain we are serving up the right kind of breakfast! Simple starches and sugary cereals won’t fuel the brain and often cause a crash in energy by early afternoon. Since time and picky eaters are usually the show stoppers to a healthy breakfast, here are five quick and delicious ideas:
- Overnight Oats - Prepped the night before and only four key ingredients: rolled oats (1/2 cup), Greek yogurt (1/3 cup), unsweetened milk (2/3 cup), and a pinch of salt. Throw all these ingredients in a small jar or Tupperware overnight for an on-the-go meal. You’ll find all kinds of recipes online, but essentially you just add what you or your kids like to eat. Examples: Cinnamon, honey, chia seeds, vanilla extract, peanut butter, fruits, cocoa powder. The possibilities are endless!
- Smoothies – Again the possibilities are endless here, choose between Greek yogurt or skim milk and add what you like! Along with some fruits, you might be able to sneak in some spinach or kale. A few things that are highly recommended for ADHD and picky eaters are: Oats, Raw Cocoa Powder, Unsweetened Almond Butter, Almond Milk (can substitute with rice milk or coconut milk), and Banana.
*Tip: Pre-plan you smoothies each night so you can set aside the ingredients or pre-slice the fruits
- The pre-planned combo breakfast prepared the night before. Try:
A boiled eggs, cup of sliced fruit, cup of almonds or mixed nuts.
- Slice of wheat toast with:
- Peanut (or almond) butter with sliced bananas.
- Sliced boiled egg with low-fat cheese
- Avocado mashed up with salt and lemon juice (other suggestions: fried egg, goat cheese, smoked salmon)
- High-fiber cereals: granola, bran flakes, and shredded wheat
- Tip: Add honey or maple syrup for sweetener and some berry fruits.
Our Healthy Lifestyle blog is posted by Hannah. Hannah is our Executive Accounts Manager who has been part of the Play Attention family for over 11 years. She continually strives to make certain our families and professionals develop successful Play Attention programs.