Fidgeting, hyperactivity and low-concentration levels – children with ADHD suffer from these symptoms and many more, which can make their lives (and yours) difficult and schooling a nightmare.
Many resort to drugs but if you dig deeper, children with ADHD often have nutritional imbalances.
Sugar itself is not the main problem, but rather the “forms” it comes in such as sucrose, glucose or dextrose are. To calm your busy child, try to remove all forms of refined sugar from their diet. This can be very hard to do, especially if you are a sugar junkie yourself!
Children can be fussy eaters, so it is easier to slowly decrease the amount of sugar, in order for your child to become used to less sweetness without noticing the changes.
Substitute foods such as white bread and pasta with complex carbohydrates such as brown rice, oats, lentils, quinoa and fresh fruits and vegetables.
Be imaginative and tempt your children with tasty, bite-sized snacks such as cherry tomatoes or grapes. Instead of a giving them a sugared pastry, serve a warm baked apple with Greek yoghurt for example. Thanks to Google the ideas here are endless.
As we all know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day – especially for children, as their energy levels are low from the night before. Feeding your child a healthy, low-sugar breakfast is the best way to start their day!
Below is a delicious recipe for healthy granola:
1 tbsp. coconut oil, olive oil or butter
1 tbsp. xylitol
50g whole oat flakes
1 tbsp. flaked almonds
1 tbsp. roughly chopped hazelnuts
I tbsp. pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp. ground almonds
- Gently melt oil or butter in frying pan with the xylitol. Add the oat flakes and stir for 3 minutes or until they are golden and crispy.
- Add flaked almonds and hazelnuts, stir gently for a further 2 minutes.
- Remove from heat and stir in the pumpkin seeds and ground almonds. Serve with natural yoghurt and fresh fruit.