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ADHD Nutrition and Weight Loss/Gain

Food your child likes

I have recently started trying to eliminate food dyes and artificial flavoring and giving my son food high in protein. Has anyone has success with this? The problem I’m having is he won’t eat anything I buy! He hates greek yogurt and even smoothies I’ve made with it. Does anyone have any advice on what to try? I’ve tried the protein bars, greek yogurt, a few different granola bars (he likes the ones he used to eat that are high in sugar and not protein but not the new ones I’ve got him). I’ve been really trying to help him calm down before school starts but I am seriously failing here!!
Thanks in advance!


I salute you. This is a difficult battle and there are powerful forces against you, forces with deep pockets, teams of marketing strategists and psychologists and a banquet of addictive and rotten food additives in food that will never make good compost.

But it is worth the struggle since these highly processed foods lead directly, earlier and earlier in life, to a host of chronic diseases.

There are a lot of things you can do but it is best to concentrate on a few at a time.

If he were involved in the shopping he might become more interested. Of course this would mean that you would have to take him to places where the food was the healthiest so that the range of choices was mostly good.

The other thing you might try is to sign up with the Food Babe, She is a fearless, fun and powerful ally in this battle to clean up food.

Posted by John Tucker, PhD, ACG. ADHD Coach on Aug 24, 2014 at 4:15pm

My best bet for added protein has always been Carnation Instant Breakfast. That was before I avoided all the chemical additives and sugar though. You can get some organic protein powders that should taste like chocolate milk though.

I know this sounds unhealthy, but one year I let my kids drink a milkshake every morning before school. It was full-fat milk for my son on ADHD meds, a little chocolate ice cream, and a big scoop of peanut butter. It was full of healthy fat and protein. You could even use chocolate frozen greet yogurt instead of ice cream, and you could put protein powder in there too.

Meat and eggs are also a great source of protein. Allow yourself to think outside the box—it doesn’t have to be breakfast food. If he loved the grilled chicken from dinner the night before, let him have that for breakfast.

Clif also makes protein bars for kids and fruit twists. My kids like the regular Clif bars though. And they love Kind Bars (the ones without the fruit {sigh}). And Clif now makes a crunchy thin granola bar.

There are more ideas in these articles too:

Allow yourself to get creative. The nutrients are what is important. wink

ADDconnect Moderator, Author & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Aug 25, 2014 at 2:46pm

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