Cooking for ADHD: Ten Cookbooks For ADHD Diets

November 30, 2009 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Getting your kids started on a gluten-free casein-free diet (GFCF) or the Feingold Diet can be difficult. After all, these diets forbid children from eating candy, cookies, pizza, and other foods they love. ADHD diets make cooking and doing the groceries difficult for parents too; gone are the days when you can just buy bags of potato chips or whip up a plate of pasta to ease your children’s hunger pangs. But you don’t have to come up with gourmet dishes to cook for ADHD kids, and implementing an ADHD diet does not mean restricting your children to bland, uninteresting food while their friends feast on tasty morsels. With the help of these ADHD cookbooks, your kids can eat delicious, nutritious meals without becoming uncontrollably hyperactive and inattentive after.

The Kid-Friendly ADHD and Autism Cookbook: The Ultimate Guide to the Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet

This book is an excellent primer for parents who are new to the gluten-free casein-free diet. Not only do the pages contain kid-friendly recipes without milk or wheat, but the authors also explain how and why the diet works. The ingredients used in the recipes are also explained, along with tips on how to find them.

The Autism & ADHD Diet: A Step-by-Step Guide to Hope and Healing by Living Gluten Free and Casein Free (GFCF) and Other Interventions

Yet another useful guide for parents who are unfamiliar with the GFCF diet. This book also contains advice on where to buy GFCF foods, tips on avoiding cross-contamination, understanding ingredients labels, and how to make the GFCF diet work for your child and your family.

The Low-Carb Cookbook: The Complete Guide to the Healthy Low Carbohydrate Lifestyle

If your child is on the low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet, then this book is for you. The Low-Carb Cookbook contains 250 delicious recipes your child will love, including appetizers, side dishes, sauces, and desserts. Although it wasn’t designed for ADHD kids per se, this book also contains advice on how to make healthy food preparations (e.g. the importance of buying organic meats when possible) so your child will stay well-nourished while enjoying these tasty dishes.

The Feingold Cookbook for Hyperactive Children

The Feingold Diet is one of the first ADHD diets ever created, and The Feingold Cookbook will give you a broader understanding on how artificial additives cause behavioral problems in childhood. Although it seems fairly easy to avoid foods with artificial coloring, flavoring, and preservatives, this book contains up-to-date information on forbidden foods, as well as recipes for meals free from additives and salicylates.

Recipes for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet

The specific carbohydrate diet is one of the trickiest and most restrictive ADHD diets. However, avoiding grains, lactose, and sucrose is critical to kids whose digestive problems aggravate their symptoms. This cookbook provides a delicious and diverse collection of SCD-friendly recipes, 80 of which are dairy-free. All the recipes are easy to make and include many culturally-diverse foods like hazelnut vanilla pancakes, gingerbread cookies, and chicken satay.

Special Diet Solutions: Healthy Cooking Without Wheat, Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Yeast, or Refined Sugar

This cookbook will allow your kids to enjoy the foods they can’t eat, minus the harmful allergens that aggravate their symptoms. Special Diet Solutions contains a critically acclaimed gluten-free pizza recipe, as well as recipes for condiments, salad dressings, and desserts. Ideal for kids who have many food intolerances or who are on the GFCF diet.

Bake Deliciously! Gluten and Dairy Free Cookbook

Your kids probably feel frustrated about being denied cookies, cakes, and sweets because of their ADHD diet. Why not surprise them with a recipe from Bake Deliciously? From apple pie to cheese crackers, this useful cookbook allows you to transcend dietary limits and give your kids infinite food choices that they will love. Includes beautiful photographs, step-by-step instructions, and a list of alternative ingredient comparisons.

Mother Necessity Gluten Free/Casein Free Recipes

All the Mother Necessity recipes recreate childhood favorites without soy, gluten, casein, eggs, refined flour, or refined sugar. The ingredients used are also very basic, eliminating the need to buy hard-to-find specialty items.

Cooking with Coconut Flour: A Delicious Low-Carb, Gluten-Free Alternative to Wheat

Did you know that you can make bread, cookies, cakes, and pies using gluten-free coconut flour? Coconut flour has low carbohydrates, high fiber, and rich in protein. Learn how to use this important ingredient in Cooking with Coconut Flour, which contains a number of recipes for baked goods, desserts, even main dishes. The recipes in this book are also free of trans-fats, artificial sweeteners, and soy.

Gluten-Free Italian

What kid doesn’t love a plate of pasta or a slice of pizza? Unfortunately, most of Italy’s most popular dishes contain wheat flour, making them off-limits to anyone on a GFCF diet. Gluten-Free Italian allows kids to enjoy gluten-free Italian dishes that taste just like the ones made with wheat flour! Includes cooking tips, a shopping guide, and a list of grain and flour alternatives.