Using protein in your recipes will help in your Cooking Therapy for ADD.
If you’ve ever traded your afternoon caffeine fix for a couple bites of salmon, then you already know: Protein evenly sustains your energy. The same holds true for children with ADHD—eating small portions of protein throughout the day evens out their energy, too. “I have always told parents they need to plan a protein lunch,” says clinical nutritionist Marcia Zimmerman. “Make sure the child gets protein for breakfast, too.”
Serving a protein meal doesn’t mean you have to cook. Offer your child string cheese wrapped in whole grain bread. Feed him an egg, or low-fat plain yogurt blended with a banana for sweetness.
Zimmerman suggests mixing protein powder into a smoothie that you serve your child for breakfast, and offering a protein-rich smoothie as a snack when your child returns from school. Throughout the day, offer nuts and seeds, brown rice cakes spread with hummus, or any nut butters such as cashew butter.
When using Cooking Therapy for ADD including protein in your diet helps deliver more constant energy in children and adults with ADD or ADHD.
I notice my husband’s mental thought process is improved in the mornings after eating a breakfast that has protein. Try Cooking Therapy and it and it may have beneficial effects for your family as well.