25 Smart Snacks for Growing ADHD Brains

ADHD medications sometimes curb kids' appetites so they don't eat all day, then arrive home from school starving. To fuel homework and afterschool activities, try these snacks with all the right amounts of protein, fat, and complex carbohydrates.

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Fruit and Energy Bars

On Track fruit and energy bars, from Bouquet of Fruits, contain a full serving of fruit. Denser than most fruit bars, they’re free of sugar and trans fats, high in fiber, and have protein, vitamins, and omega-3 and omega-6 fats.

Other bar-makers whose products pass the taste test are LaraBar, Think Products, and Raw Indulgence. Each makes organic raw-food bars that combine protein and flavor. None uses hydrogenated oils, food coloring, or artificial preservatives. All are free of gluten, as well as wheat, corn, and soy -- foods that, studies suggest, can cause some ADHD children to lose focus and become more hyperactive.

For those looking for a flavorful high-protein bar -- many of them taste like sawdust covered in chocolate -- Think Products’ thinkThin contains 20 grams of protein, and comes in chocolate mudslide, chunky peanut butter, and brownie crunch flavors. Raw Indulgence’s Raw Revolution bars contain five grams of protein and three grams of fiber, as does the full line of LaraBars.

Clif Kid Organic Zbars are free of preservatives, artificial flavors, and dyes. The company uses fig paste and brown rice and tapioca syrups as sweeteners. Each bar contains three grams of fiber and protein.

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TAGS: ADHD Diet and Nutrition, Back to School, ADHD-Friendly Meals, Homework and Test Help

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