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Gluten Free Recipe:
 
 Banana Oatmeal Pancakes  
 
 
yield: 10 PANCAKES (1/4 CUP BATTER EACH)
prep time: 5 MINS
cook time: 15 MIN 

These healthy oat pancakes use mashed banana and Greek yogurt and contain no butter, no sugar, no flour, and no oil. Make them into heart shapes for a special breakfast, or enjoy them as-is. 
 
Ingredients
1 1/2 cups rolled oats — or quick oats gluten free if needed; do not use steel-cut oats or instant oats
1 1/4 cups mashed banana — about 2 very large bananas
1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt — plus 2 tablespoons
1/4 cup nonfat milk — plus 2 tablespoons, or substitute milk of choice
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon honey
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder — I recommend aluminum free
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Optional for serving: maple syrup, butter, honey, Greek yogurt, fresh fruit, peanut butter, or any other pancake topping you love

Instructions
If you'd like to keep the pancakes warm between batches, preheat the oven to 200 degrees F.
Place the oats in the bottom of a blender. Process a few times to grind, then add the mashed banana, Greek yogurt, milk, eggs, honey, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg. (See notes to make this recipe in a food processor instead.) Blend on high speed, stopping to stir a few times as needed, until the batter is very smooth and well combined, about 2 minutes. Let sit 10 minutes.
 
Heat a griddle or skillet over medium low. Brush lightly with olive oil or melt a little butter in the pan. Pour 1/4 cup of batter onto the hot griddle into the shape of a heart and cook 3 minutes, until the edges look dry (bubbles may not form on top). Flip and continue to cook for 1 to 2 additional minutes. Repeat with the remaining batter, adding a little more oil to the pan between batches as needed. For perfectly shaped heart pancakes, coat the bottom edges and the insides of a heart-shaped cookie cutter with oil or cooking spray. Lay it on the griddle and pour the batter inside. Cook until the edges are dry, then remove the cookie cutters, flip, and continue cooking as directed. Keep the pancakes warm between batches in a 200 degree F oven, if desired. Serve warm with desired toppings.
 
How to Serve These PancakeIn Heart Shapes
If you would like to make heart-shaped pancakes, it’s simple: spray the inside of metal cookie cutters like these generously with nonstick spray, place them on a warm griddle, and then portion and spread the batter inside. It takes a little extra effort, but the rewards are sweet.

Recipe Notes
To make this recipe in a food processor, grind the oats until they become a flour. In one bowl, combine the oat flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. In a separate bowl, whisk together the banana, yogurt, milk, eggs, and honey. Gently stir the wet ingredients into the dry, then cook as directed.

To freeze, lay the pancakes in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet, then place in the freezer. Once the pancakes are frozen, transfer them to a ziptop bag and store for up to 2 months. (Do not put unfrozen pancakes in a ziptop bag without first freezing them flat or they will turn into a big, hard pancake blob.) Reheat in the toaster, directly from frozen. Leftover pancakes can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days, then reheated in the toaster as mentioned above.

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Goal Setting with ADHD:

Are You On Target?

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January 2020
The year is underway, and if you were like many people around the world, you probably made some resolutions. It’s one thing to say a resolution, it is another thing to fully commit yourself to it. As January comes to an end, ask yourself are you on target for your goals? Did you create a plan to achieve your goals? How effective has your plan been this month? A month has passed since you proclaimed your major life change, and now its time to evaluate and recommit.
 
This time to reflect is important to do daily if you have ADHD. Each day can be a struggle and present many challenges, but this can also be a learning experience. Take time to reflect and ask yourself questions. What problems have you been experiencing in your life? What steps have you taken to identify them? What steps are you taking to address the problems?
 
There are many possibilities one can do to just cope or make it through but is everything being done to improve your life or solve the problem. Just like how you must reevaluate your New Year's plan and recommit, you must reevaluate your daily plan for success and recommit. Your failures are learning experiences, your struggles are going to help you preserve, what makes you different is what makes you great! Nothing worth having comes easy, especially making fundamental changes in one’s life. Try some of these great tips and get back on target to achieving your goals! 
 
Set Small Daily Goals: As you are working towards your larger goals, try setting smaller goals that you can practice achieving daily. This will help you establish discipline, and gives you the opportunity to practice reviewing your day. By evaluating your days, you will see the different steps that you will need to take to make sure you are successful!
 
Make Note Of Weak Points: No one is perfect! We all have strengths and weaknesses, and we can always improve them if clearly identify them. Take some time to make a list of things you want to work on. For some it is organization, for others, it is waking up at a reasonable time. By listing out your different weaknesses, you can formulate a plan that will allow you to work on strengthening each area. Remember, don't try to improve everything at one time. Select one or two of the most important goals to work on first. As you improve these areas add a new goal. Don't overwhelm yourself with taking on too many things on your list at once. 
 
Find A Mentor (and/or a Coach!): You are not the first one that is going down this path. Find someone within your community or reach out to support groups online. The internet is a great way to connect with people all around the world. Reach out to individuals who seem to be going through similar experiences. Learn from them how they were able to reach success. This is a great way to network and to build positive relationships. 
 
At SIRRI, we integrate technology with cognitive skill training and behavior shaping to strengthen your attention and executive function. Executive function is a set of mental functions that allow us to organize, plan, prioritize, and control impulsive behaviors. These are critical skills when it comes to success at school, home, and work. By strengthening your executive function, you are developing skills that help you succeed in all areas of your life. Contact us to learn how we can customize a comprehensive executive training program for you.
 
 
 
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Giving Children Vacations Instead of Toys Can Lead to Advanced Brain Development, Experts Suggest

by Emmi Scott
January 16, 2020
healthy-holistic-living.com

Vacations Boost Child Brain Development

If you’re one of the many parents struggling to stem the flow of unwanted toys into your home, here’s some good news. Several experts suggest that gifting children vacations and experiences instead of toys can boost their brain development.
 
In an article for the Telegraph, child psychotherapist Dr. Margot Sunderland postulated that vacations are an investment in your child’s brain development. She wrote, “This is because on a family holiday you are exercising two genetically ingrained systems deep in the brain’s limbic area, which can all too easily be “unexercised” in the home. These are the PLAY system and the SEEKING system.” 
 
Sunderland cited the work of Professor Jaak Panksepp, a world-leading neuroscientist at Washington State University. Panksepp discovered the PLAY and SEEKING systems. 
 
According to Sunderland, “The brain’s PLAY system is exercised every time you bury your child’s feet in the sand, tickle them on the pool lounger, or take them for a ride on your back. The brain’s SEEKING system is exercised each time you go exploring together: the forest, the beach, a hidden gem of a village.” 
 
Exercising your child’s PLAY and SEEKING systems leads to growth in the frontal lobe. This part of the brain deals with cognitive functioning, problem-solving, emotional expression, memory, language, and judgment. And the more you use these systems, the stronger they become.
 
When you take your child on a vacation, they have the opportunity to explore a new place. This activates the SEEKING system. And removing your family from your daily, possibly stress-filled routines encourages you to play together.

Well-Being and Happiness

Beyond your child’s brain development, exercising their PLAY and SEEKING systems through a family vacation also contributes to their general happiness and well-being. When we activate those systems in our brain, neurochemicals such as dopamine, oxytocin, and opioids are released. These neurochemicals support feelings of closeness in relationships. They also relieve stress and help you feel that all is well and good.
 
A 2017 study suggests that time together is what makes people feel most loved. The study published in The Journal of Social and Personal Relationships involved asking 495 men and women between the ages of 18 and 93 to complete a questionnaire evaluating what makes people feel loved. Each of the 60 questions began with, “Most people feel loved when…” 
 
The researchers learned that most people felt loved through interactions with other humans, not gifts. Dr. Zita Oravecz, one of the researchers, told NPR, “Our research found that micro-moments of positivity, like a kind word, cuddling with a child, or receiving compassion make people feel most loved.” Family vacations provide ample opportunities for these interactions because your family is removed from the distractions and responsibilities of everyday life. 
 
So, for the next holiday or birthday, instead of shopping for toys, consider spending that money on a family vacation. You can even request that other gift-givers, such as grandparents, contribute to your vacation fund rather than purchasing a toy for your child. The memories from the special time you spend as a family will last far longer than your child’s interest in the next plaything they receive.
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