With our excellent dental and cosmetic dentistry care, Lifetime Family Dental is committed to keeping your pearly whites shining brightly this holiday season. Holidays are wonderful, but they also present opportunities for your beautiful smile to be stained or damaged. Avoid dental emergencies; consider what you eat this holiday season, and take care of your diet and your teeth. Below, we’re highlighting some or our favorite finds for healthier holiday treats that taste great, while being kind to your smile.
Eating a lot of sugary foods or hard candies over the holidays may negatively affect your overall health, as well as harm your teeth. Teeth are the first line of contact with chewy foods, sugary drinks, or other types of sweets. It’s hard avoid all sweets (which is not a bad idea, if you can manage it), but there are healthier choices that can still dress up your holiday party buffet table. By eating better foods, you can continue to build strength to into your teeth and give your teeth a break from foods that speed decay and cavity-formation.
Some great options for healthy choices this holiday include:
- Maple Cranberry Sauce: Cranberry sauce is a staple at holiday gatherings, but this recipe brings you a healthier version of this tasty dish. It has cinnamon and maple syrup to give it sweetness, but cuts down on other added sugars.
- Peppermint Fudge No-Bake Energy Bites: A great option for a sweet indulgence, this recipe is packed with healthy goodness. Almonds and dates give these energy bites their sweetness, with no added sugars. Coconut oil helps hold them together, and chocolate, vanilla, and peppermint add delightful holiday tastes.
- Quinoa Stuffing: Stuffing is a traditional recipe that graces many holiday tables in America, but it’s also full of simple carbs that quickly turn to sugar in our bodies. An enjoyable substitution for stuffing that reduces carbs and adds protein is quinoa, cooked with mushrooms, cranberries, and rosemary. Try adding salt and a flavored butter to round out this healthier side dish, and do your body a favor.
- Roasted Lamb: For the paleo diet, roasted lamb as a main dish is packed full of protein that will leave you feeling full, and less likely to snack later in the day. This recipe includes a festive blackberry chutney as a delicious accompaniment to the roasted lamb.
There are many healthier recipe options out there for the holiday season. You don’t have to avoid delicious food in order to enjoy good physical and oral health. Lifetime Family Dental cares about your beautiful smile and wants to help keep it that way. For more details, or to schedule an appointment, contact us today!
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