With school starting next month, I find this is a topic desperately needing attention. Did you know that allergies can cause the same symptoms as ADHD? So much so that according to a NPR article, “64 percent of children diagnosed with ADHD are actually experiencing a hypersensitivity to food.” That is a really big statement. Apparently researchers (along with many others) have figured out that changing kids diet, after a few weeks, had a dramatic effect and noticed “marked changes in behavior “. In fact, the article said “they were flabbergasted,” at the results. Flabbergasted!!! Wow, that’s huge.
They also said in the article, “We have got good news — that food is the main cause of ADHD”, and now we know. I know it’s not 100 percent, but isn’t that enough to make a change and see if that helps before we medicate? I know it’s not easy, but it certainly can’t hurt to try.
So now if you suspect your child has ADHD or a food allergey, what can you do? The best (and cheapest) way is to begin an elimination diet. Begin by elimiating possible causes such as sugar and food color. In addition, read the following articles to get start your education process. If you still want more information, just do a search on “ADHD elimination diet” and you’ll be sure to find multiple articles.
If nothing else, be sure to add omega-3s (many kids with ADHD may be deficient in it), remove the sugary treats and processed foods, and eat plenty of protein, especially at breakfast before school. Who said chili spaghetti or sloppy joe is just for dinner?
Alright so on to the fun stuff! I was first going to post this recipe talking about the top food allergies (eggs, soy, wheat, dairy, yellow corn and nuts) that children tend to have, but then somehow I ended up writing about what I learned about ADHD awhile ago. Hmm, okay, so maybe I’m not the ideal person to talk about ADHD, but at least I eat well for it. Can you imagine how bad off I’d be if I didn’t eat how I do?? That’s a scary thought.
Anyway, we made these yummy dairy-free and nut-free treats for a friend’s son who has both dairy and nut allergies and they turned out ahh-maaaaz-ing!! We may be fortunate enough to not have allergies in our family, but I can tell you, we will still be making these again. These rich, need-a-sip-of-almond-milk-after-each-bite, brownies rocked! Mmmmm. My mouth is literally watering right now.
Here’s what you need for dairy-free, nut-free brownies:
- 1 cup dark (70 percent cacao) chocolate chips
- ¼ cup vegan palm oil shortening
- 5 eggs
- 1 cup coconut palm sugar (or 3/4 cup and 15 drops stevia)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon celtic sea salt
- ½ cup coconut flour
Here’s what you need to do:
1. Start by melting the chocolate in a saucepan over very low heat, then add shortening and stir until completely dissolved and then remove from heat.
2. Next, blend in eggs, palm sugar (and stevia), vanilla and salt to mixture in pan using a handheld mixer
3. Blend in coconut flour until smooth.
4. Pour into a greased 8×8 inch Pyrex baking dish
5. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes, allow to cool and devour!
By the way, for what it’s worth regarding this ADHD post, coconut sugar is a natural sugar with a low glycemic index so in moderation, it shouldn’t affect anyone negatively. And as always, I used 70% cacao for the chocolate. But, for those caffeine sensitive, this might not be the ideal snack. But hey, at least it’s summer. Maybe start the elimination diet after these brownies…