11 Meals to Fuel the ADHD Brain

These easy-to-make meals, for any time of day, contain the protein and ADHD-friendly vitamins and minerals needed to optimize brain power.

A bright yellow peach, one part of a healthy meal that can fuel the ADHD brain

Readers’ Choice: 5 Favorite Afterschool Snacks

1. Fruit
2. Cheese
3. Peanut butter
4. Crackers/bread
5. Yogurt



Natural peanut butter on whole-grain English muffin, with a dab of all-fruit preserves, a couple of clementines or a sectioned large orange, glass of milk.

Whole-wheat English muffin topped with low-sugar pizza sauce with ground meat and grated mozzarella, a banana, small glass of orange juice.

Baked chicken legs or baked chicken tenders, cantaloupe or watermelon, whole-grain toast with butter and a dab of all-fruit preserves, glass of low-fat milk.


Sliced roast beef on whole-grain bread with canola mayonnaise, baked sweet potato chips, cherry tomatoes, red grapes, low- or no-sugar cookie, low-fat milk (not chocolate).

Egg salad sandwich with canola mayonnaise on whole-grain bread, fresh pineapple, baked corn chips, no-sugar apple crisp, low-fat milk.

Leftover chili in a thermos, baked corn chips, cantaloupe cubes, carrots, low-fat milk (not chocolate).


Mixed nuts (if child is old enough not to choke), fresh peach or cantaloupe.

Peanut butter on whole-wheat bread with a dab of all-fruit preserves, small glass orange juice.

Cold leftover roast beef, baked sweet potato chips, orange sections or clementines.

Chicken or tuna salad with celery sticks, fresh pineapple cut into cubes.

Fresh pineapple or cantaloupe and cottage cheese.

TAGS: ADHD Diet and Nutrition, ADHD-Friendly Meals

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