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Good Nutrition: How It Can Help Developmental Disorders + Spinach Chip Recipe

Good Nutrition: How It Can Help Developmental Disorders + Spinach Chip Recipe

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Children who suffer from autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), come across a wide range of skills and levels of impairment. While some are mildly affected with such symptoms, other children are severely disabled. With that, good nutrition may also be jeopardized in their eating habits.

Children who suffer with autism may be a bit harder to find the proper foods for their sustentative intake. Some do not get the right nutrition either because they don’t like how certain foods feel in their mouths, or because of stomach pain or discomfort. It is important for parents with children on the spectrum to work with a nutrition specialist to design a meal plan, or a special diet. These providers can help make sure the child is getting all the nutrients he or she needs to grow healthy.

Because good nourishment is important, health care providers can also help ensure that these special diets constitute bone-building and other nutrients that children need. One cup of fresh spinach (or 1/6 cup of cooked spinach) contains twice your daily vitamin K needs. It is also loaded with other vitamins like A, D, and E and a host of trace minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. This along with the calcium and magnesium in spinach is essential to maintain healthy bones.

Listed below is a simple, delicious spinach recipe you can try at home for the whole family to enjoy:

Baked Spinach Chips


  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)

Combine the spinach and olive oil in a bowl and gently toss until all the leaves are coated.  Lay them in a single row, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Use more than one baking sheet, if you have them, or work in batches.  Sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder if desired.  Bake in a well pre-heated 325 degree oven for 12 minutes, turn off the oven but leave the pan in there for an additional 5 minutes.  Remove the pan from the oven and let the spinach sit in the pan for 5 minutes more to crisp up.  Makes 2 – 4 servings.

Bon Appetite!

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