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ADHD-Friendly Snacks for Kids

Kids need snacks to fuel their growth and energy levels, but those with ADHD need nutrient-dense mini meals more than convenient, pre-packed foods. Studies show that nutritional deficiencies and artificial food additives can aggravate the symptoms of ADHD, and most snacks marketed for children contain all these chemicals while providing little or no nutritional value.  It's important for you to make healthy yet tasty snacks accessible to your children, especially while they're at school.  Here are some fun, low-sugar, additive-free snacks your ADHD kids might enjoy.

Roasted chickpeas

Chickpeas or garbanzo beans are a little larger than green peas and rich in protein, iron, folate, and fiber.  Open up a can of organic chickpeas and strain until dry.  Mix them with olive oil and place in a large glass bowl. Roast them in the oven for half an hour or until they turn crispy and brown. Make sure you stir them every ten minutes so they do not burn. Season the roasted chickpeas with sea salt or spices.

Vegetables in dip

Sometimes kids need a fun dip to make them more open to eating carrots, celery sticks, and other veggies, but packing a dip in the lunch box can be messy.  Try filling a small, screw-on glass jar with dip and placing this with veggies in your child's lunchbox. Using a jar allows kids to eat their vegetables without using utensils, and the screw-on lid should keep the dip from spilling. Just make sure you cut the vegetables into long shapes or sticks for easy eating.

Honeyed popcorn

Refined sugar can aggravate the symptoms of ADHD because of the "sugar crash" it causes, but using honey as a substitute can prevent this crash.  Try combining honey and popcorn to make a delightful TV snack.  Pop a bag of organic popcorn (not the kind you can microwave, as these contain trans-fats and omega-6 fats), and cool in a bowl.  Mix honey and a little sugar to taste in a small saucepan and pour the mix over the popcorn until all kernels are coated. Wait for it to cool before serving.

Peanut butter balls

Peanut butter balls are another sweet yet ADHD-friendly treat that kids might enjoy.  In fact, this recipe is 100% gluten-free. Take ½ cup of natural unsweetened peanut butter, 1/3 cup honey, 1/3 unsweetened coconut, and 1 cup malted milk powder.  Combine all the ingredients until the mixture becomes crumbly and sticky. Roll into balls.