Breakfast tips for focused mornings
Mornings are tough. In fact, a new poll by Purdue Pharma (Canada) found that many Canadians, particularly younger respondents (39 per cent), have difficulty sticking to a daily morning routine, including eating a healthy breakfast and being on time. Nailing those morning routines can be even more difficult for the one-in-20 school-aged children and four per cent of adults diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
“The best way to start your morning is to actually get in front of it,” says nutritionist Theresa Albert. “Having an ironclad plan for your morning that offers flexibility without too many choices is key to maintaining focus and energy throughout the day. Eating the right amount of protein and fibre is easy with only a few ingredients that can be used in different ways for high-nutrient meals in a flash.”
This make-ahead, nutritious breakfast recipe from Albert is just one way to keep mornings on track, whether you have ADHD or not. It boosts any meal with nutrients, flavour and anti-inflammatory properties. A teaspoon sprinkled into smoothies, yogurt or oatmeal helps to set blood sugar levels and keep energy steady throughout the day. Try preparing all ingredients for the week on Sunday evening for multiple mix-and-match, nutrient-rich breakfasts.
Breakfast Boost Recipe
Prep Time: 2 minutes
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup hemp seeds
2 tbsp cinnamon
2 tsp turmeric
1 tbsp stevia powder (optional)
- Mix all ingredients and place into a jar on the breakfast table.
Add mixture to yogurt, a fruit smoothie or porridge for protein and fibre-packed breakfasts all week long. Make sure to consume within one month.
Find more information from the Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada online at CADDAC.ca/adhd/