Smoothies to Enhance ADD Nutrition

Smoothies to Enhance ADD Nutrition
In various articles I've discussed the research on how Attention Deficit Disorder's negative symptoms can be helped by making healthy lifestyle choices. One of those choices is nutrition. A person with ADD/ADHD can get essential nutrients from eating a variety of healthy fruits and vegetables. Frequently, the phrase, "Eat the Rainbow" is used. In our busy lives eating an assortment of fruits and vegetables can be difficult to manage. I have a one word answer to this dilemma-smoothies. These fruits and vegetables have their nutrients made easily accessible when they are blended.

Especially if you have a high powered blender, like a Vitamix, making smoothies is a snap. You can use a selection of fruits, vegetables, or both. Yogurt and tofu are sometimes used in making smoothies. Find a liquid that works well with your produce and other ingredients. If you enjoy a cold slushy taste, substitute ice cubes for some of the liquid. You can also use frozen ingredients. Choose the tastes that you enjoy. Play with the ingredients and develop your own recipes! Use your ADD creativity!

Choose your ingredients to suit your tastes. Chop them into a workable size for your particular blender. Harder fruits and vegetables need to be chopped smaller than the ones that have a higher water content. For example, carrots need to be smaller than cucumbers, and apples need to be smaller than watermelon chunks.

Smoothies can separate into their liquid and solid components. One way to stop this is to use something that can bind it all together. That is called emulsification. Adding some avocado makes a very rich and silken smoothie. Putting an acidic ingredient, like a citrus fruit, and some good oil, like olive, macadamia, or walnut oil, in the blender and buzzing it emulsifies those components of the smoothie. That emulsified combination can bind the other ingredients together, so that they do not separate as easily.

Here are some ingredients that you can combine for smoothies. This is my list. Please feel free to add whatever you enjoy. Your smoothies can be light tasting. They can be a bit sweet, but you can also make a savory smoothie that tastes like a salad in a cup! The creative choice is yours!

Light tasting vegetables—carrots, celery, spinach, cucumbers, French beans, zucchini, summer squash, lettuce, spring mix, and avocado.

Savory vegetables—tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, Brussel's sprouts, daikon, turnips, collard greens, mustard greens, turnip greens, herbs, garlic, spring onions, and dandelion leaves.

Fruits—apple, orange, tangerine, lemon, lime, pineapple, strawberries, cherries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, seedless grapes, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, watermelon,

Add-ins—tofu, yogurt, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, nuts, nut flours, olive oil, macadamia oil, walnut oil, maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, and nut butters.

Liquids—filtered water, ice cubes, almond milk, milk, coconut water, organic juice, and green tea.

Here are a couple of smoothie recipes to get you started:

Fruit and Veggie Smoothie
½ cup yellow summer squash
1 cup French beans
2 ribs celery
½ cup cucumber
½ peeled avocado
1 peeled tangerine
1 apple
20 red seedless grapes
2 cups filtered water (1 cup water + 1 cup ice cubes)

Blend in a Vitamix, blender, or food processor. This serves 3-4

Strawberry-Tangerine Dessert Smoothie
1 Clementine with peel
½ cup Greek yogurt
1 cup almond milk
1 ½ cups frozen strawberries
1 tablespoon honey
1 Whole Fruit Apple-Strawberry icee pop (optional)
1 tablespoon sugar (optional)

Blend Clementine, yogurt, and almond milk in a Vitamix, blender, or food processor until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend. This makes 2 servings

Alleviating the negative symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder involves a number of factors, but healthy eating choices are fairly easy to manage. Better concentration and usable energy are both results of a varied diet with dense nutritional values. If you have some favorite smoothie ingredients or an original recipe, please share these items with folks who get info from the Attention Deficit Disorder Site. Just post your information in the BellaOnline Attention Deficit Disorder Forum. I'll look forward to hearing from you.

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