Health, Food & Nutrition

11 Meals to Fuel the ADHD Brain

Boost brain power with breakfast, lunch, and snack ideas using ingredients like peanut butter, fresh fruit, and low-fat dairy. These ADHD-friendly recipes are sure to become family favorites.

ADHD child smears peanut butter on toast
ADHD child smears peanut butter on toast


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.

School Lunches

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).

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After-School Snacks

Mixed nuts (if your 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.

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Readers’ Choice: 5 Favorite Afterschool Snacks

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