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Apple Recipes for Kids: Apple Oats

July 19th, 2010

When looking for apple recipes for kids, consider this healthy way to start the day. This breakfast recipe includes the super food, blueberries, along with oatmeal and fresh apples. Your child love this recipe and you will love knowing your child had a nutritional start to the day.

What you need:
6 green or red skinned apples.
1 cup of either blueberries or mixed berries
1 cup of oatmeal
½ cup of whole wheat flour
¼ cup of butter
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
½ cup of brown sugar or unprocessed cane sugar
½ teaspoon of salt
½ cup of yogurt

Steps:
Heat up the oven to 375 degrees
Cut out the core of the apples and cut them into thin slices
Mix the apples in with the mixed berries
Lay out the fruit on the bottom of a backing dish and pour the oatmeal mixture over it.
Bake in the oven for 60 minuets
Serve this while it’s still warm and spread the yogurt over top of it.

Carrot Recipe: Try This Healthy and Delicious Carrot Spread

June 28th, 2010

Carrots are an excellent source of antioxidant compounds and the richest vegetable source of pro-vitamin A carotenes. The crunchy texture and sweet taste of carrots is popular among both adults and children. If you happen to have one of those kids who thumbs his nose at carrots, try this carrot recipe. Even your finicky kids will like it!

What you need for this wholesome carrot recipe:
1/2 cup of peeled and grated carrots
1 hard boiled egg grated
½ teaspoon peeled and grated onion
½ teaspoon of lemon juice
2 tablespoons of mayonnaise

Steps: Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and store it in the fridge until you are ready to serve.

Brain Food

April 26th, 2010

Here we are at the last post in the brain food series. Our final list is of foods with the highest antioxidant, brain-protecting abilities. These foods include;

Vegetables:
Red onions
Cabbage
Garlic
Spinach and kale
Broccoli
Sweet potato and yam
Parsley and cilantro

Fruits:
Berries: blueberry, cranberry, blackberry, raspberry
Avocado (yes, it’s actually a fruit and not a vegetable)
Pomegranate
Dark-skinned apples
Dark-skinned grapes
Prunes, plums, cherries

Legumes, Nuts and Seeds:
Red and black beans
Walnuts, almonds, peanuts
Flax, sesame and sunflower seeds

Herbs and Spices:
Rosemary
Sage
Oregano
Ginger
Turmeric
Cinnamon
Curry
Cilantro
Basil

Try to include as many of these brain food items in your daily diet. Your mind and body will thank you.

The ADHD Omega 3 Link

April 12th, 2010

When it comes to brain-boosting, Omega-3 essential fatty acids clearly emerge as a must-have nutrient for nourishing the brain and stabalizing behavior. A Purdue University study the looked at the ADHD Omega 3 link found that children deficient in Omega-3 fatty acids are more likely to display behavioral problems, impulsiveness, excessive physical activity and lack of concentration. The study also found that adding omega-3 fatty acids to the diet helps manage behavior and mood and can help children be more productive in school.

Cold-water fish are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids but good luck getting your picky eater to eat fish. One option is to buy Omega-3 enriched eggs. You can also sneak a healthy dose of omega-3s into your child’s diet by mixing flaxseed oil into yogurt. There are many other ways to use diet as treatment of ADHD.

A ADHD and ADD Study Follow Up

March 26th, 2010

Last week I posted a study about a ADHD and ADD medications not shown to have long-term benefits. I just found a Canadian study from the late 90s showed that showed much the same. Researchers in this Montreal study looked at the long-term benefits of hyperactive children using ADHD medications and found that after a five-year span there was little difference between medicated and non-medicated children. The hyperactive children who were treated with stimulant prescription ADHD medications were found to be initially more manageable. Five years later, the medicated children had the same degree of improvement and emotional adjustment as the non-medicated control group of hyperactive children. ADHD medications can help people focus better and pay better attention. However, the effects wear off as soon as the medications wear off. If you are considering the use of prescription medications for ADHD, just know that in the long-run, these drugs might not give your child a leg up.

Negative Effect of Video Games on Children

March 16th, 2010

There has been a fair amount of attention to the negative effects of video games on children. Those affects aren’t just limited to video games, but have expanded to electronics in general. Children are increasingly become better at multitasking. They can text their friends, listen to their iPods, and watch TV all while doing their homework.

On average most children spend a large amount of their day absorbed in some type of electronic media. This increase in our children’s exposure to media has had the benefit of creating a new generation of kids confident with the electronic world but has also destroyed many other skills important to their education.

Children today have a much poorer memories and attention spans. Kids have trouble understanding plots of older book and movies. The simplistic form of these stories is not comprehendible to those children who have grown up with their new aged way of thinking.

Many believe one way of changing the negative effect of video games on children, as well as the negative effects of electronics as a whole, is simply limiting the time spent with video games and electronics. Studies have shown that those who’s parents have set a limit on their media use show better school work as well as a happier attitude.

ADHD and Vision

March 16th, 2010

  ADHD and vision don’t seem to be related but a new ADHD and vision therapy shows promise. Parents who’s children have ADHD, autism spectrum disorders or dyslexia can have a very hard time finding their children the help they need to do well in school and everyday life. Parents can be provided with many options for their children but some may not be as good as they seem.

A new therapy offered to help relieve symptoms of conditions like autism has also been bashed by some who say this profitable product is simply just a bunch of snake oil. The therapy is used with both a low prescription eye glass, as well as prisms to change the sensory input.

Reviews of this form of therapy have said it to be an amazing break through and have helped their children in both reading and social skills. However the skeptics have insisted that not only is price for these therapies incredibly high, they have also had no studies proving their effectiveness.

Here’s a great quote

March 13th, 2010

A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.
Mohandas Gandhi

Children/ Preschoolers Attention Deficit Disorder – 40% Will Outgrow It

March 5th, 2010

Parents of  children/ preschoolers Attention Deficit Disorder may be relieved to know that many children will outgrow the condition. Chronic childhood health conditions like asthma, diabetes and Attention Deficit Disorder are not as permanent as once thought. A new study published in the “Journal of the American Medical Association” shows that about 40 percent of children outgrow these conditions.

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children (Boston) conducted in-home interviews for 5,000 children. The researchers followed children every two years for six years from 1988 through 2000. The lead author of the study stated that although about half of all children will have a chronic health condition at some point during childhood, less than half of those will have the same conditions six years later.