Think Smart About Snacks

When a child's appetite suffers from medication, choosing food carefully is essential. These tasty choices pack plenty of nutrition — without dyes, preservatives, or gluten to worsen symptoms.


Filed Under: ADHD Diet and Nutrition, Alternative Treatments for ADHD
Fruit Bliss snack, great for ADHD kids

Fruit Bliss

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If your child's appetite is squelched by ADHD meds, you want every bite to pack a nutritional punch. Dried fruit--with lots of nutrients, high fiber content, and caloric density--fills that bill. Fruit Bliss brand is an alternative to traditional dried fruit. Plums, figs, and apricots have been rehydrated to make them soft and juicy. Fruit Bliss products are all natural, preservative-free, non-GMO verified, contain no added sugar, and come in a handy 1.76-ounce snack size and a resealable six-ounce package. Kids seem to eat Fruit Bliss like candy, which, to a mom who wants her child to take in more calories, is very good news.

Capri Sun SuperV Fruit & Vegetable Juice Drink

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Getting my kids to eat fruit is pretty easy, but vegetables are a different story. So I was pleased to find Capri Sun's new fruit and vegetable drink, Super V. Each convenient drink pouch contains one combined serving of fruits and vegetables and none of the stuff we try to avoid giving our ADHD kids--artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives, added sugar--and is fortified with good stuff: extra fiber and antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E. My 12-year-old ADHDer, Natalie, and her big brother, Aaron, love it, as do Nat's friends.

Simply Shari's Gluten-Free & Fabulous Cookies

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Eating gluten causes some kids' ADHD symptoms to worsen, and some are particularly sensitive to it. As a result, a gluten-free diet has become an alternative approach for children diagnosed with ADHD. Keep your child happily gluten-free by satisfying his sweet tooth with Simply Shari's "Gluten-Free & Fabulous" bite-sized cookies. These tiny delights are made with all-natural ingredients and are not only gluten-free but also wheat-free, and GMO-free. Natalie loves the chocolate chip and fudge brownie varieties, Aaron can't resist the tangy lemon shortbread cookies, and I'm drawn to the almond shortbread. All varieties come in 6.5-ounce, resealable bags.

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This article appears in the Winter 2012 issue of ADDitude.
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