We recently came across an article in Healthline that discusses the impact of a sugary diet on individuals with ADHD.

While the results across the studies mentioned in the article are mixed, it makes sense that sugary foods that increase short-term energy could amplify ADHD symptoms.

While we know that sugar can taste great, we all know it’s best not to consume too much of it.

On top of the negative effects sugar can have on neurological conditions like ADHD, it also causes inflammation. Many of our clients are treating symptoms associated with cancer and neurological conditions connected to inflammation – so reducing your sugar intake can potentially help alleviate some of those symptoms, too!

Fortunately, there are many ways to enjoy something sweet while lowering your intake of refined sugars. Using sugar alternatives such as agave or monk fruit sweeteners, and by choosing low sugar fruits to snack on such as strawberries, blackberries, and watermelon.

Check out some of these fun, sweet, and refined sugar free recipes!

These almond energy bars from The Belly Rules the Mind use whole dates as a sugar replacement.

These Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from A Savory Feast use agave as a sweetener.

These Sugar Free Peppermint Meringues from Low Carb Nomad use monk fruit sweetener instead of cane sugar.