10 Simple Summer Dinners for ADHD Children
Every mom knows the importance of nutrition in managing their child’s symptoms of ADHD. Every mom also knows that raising an ADHD child is a challenging job that leaves them little time to plan and cook well-balanced dinners.
That’s why we came up with dinners that are simple and quick to cook. Best of all, your children can help you prepare most of them.
Why turn on the stove and heat up the house when it’s scorching outside? Think inside the box and have breakfast for dinner. Serve a bowl of whole-grain, low-sugar cereal (Cheerios, Wheaties, or Total WholeGrain) with low-fat milk, topped with strawberries, blueberries, or bananas.
Another healthy option is natural peanut butter on whole-grain bread, topped with raisins and grated carrots. A glass of tomato juice adds a serving of vegetables. For dessert, serve fresh fruit that is in season.
Sandwiches made with whole-grain bread and lean lunch meats without preservatives (Organic Honey Ham or Turkey) make an easy, healthy dinner.
Prepare tuna, salmon, chicken, turkey, or egg-salad sandwiches using canola mayonnaise, which contains beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, and serve with no-fuss coleslaw. To make the slaw, mix together a bag each of shredded red and green cabbage with a bag of shredded carrots. Blend these with equal parts canola mayonnaise and reduced-fat sour cream, some celery seed, and a packet of artificial sweetener.
For dessert, make soft-serve “ice cream” by combining plain yogurt and frozen fruits into a blender.
Crock pots are a lifesaver for moms of ADHD kids. Combine all the ingredients in the morning, turn on the pot, and dinner is ready when you arrive home from work. Crock pots are perfect for making simple stews and other meals that will last several nights. Remember to brown beef in a skillet before putting it in the pot; chicken can be placed in the pot raw.
To make a quick chicken dinner, combine skinned chicken breasts and a can or two of cream of chicken soup with an equal amount of water. Cook on low for eight hours.
Read the ingredient list to make sure the dinner doesn’t contain artificial color, flavor, preservatives, or sugar. Three meals from Lean Cuisine that pass are: Roasted Turkey and Vegetables, Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, and Beef Pot Roast.
Now that the school year has started, you have a busy schedule. Don’t let dinner options prevent you from enjoying your free time.