Every year, the holidays present a lot of opportunities for your beautiful smile to be stained, damaged or ruined. To avoid dental emergencies, it is important for you to consider what you eat, especially at the holidays. Lifetime Family Dental is committed to keeping your pearly whites shining with our excellent dental and cosmetic dentistry.
Continually eating sugary foods or hard candies over the holidays can not only negatively affect your overall health, but also your teeth. Teeth are the first line of contact with chewy foods, sugary drinks or other types of sweets. We are not saying to avoid them all (which is not a bad idea, if you can manage it), but there are some healthier foods you may be able to substitute during your holiday parties. By getting the healthier foods into your system, you can continue to build strength to into your teeth as well as 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 usually a staple at holiday gatherings, but this recipe brings you a healthier version of this delicious dish. It has cinnamon and maple syrup to give it sweetness, but cuts down on the added sugars.
- Peppermint Fudge No-Bake Energy Bites: This is a great option for a bit of sweet, but is packed with healthy goodness at the same time. Almonds and dates give these energy bites a sweet taste, with no added sugars. Coconut oil helps hold them together, and there is chocolate, vanilla and peppermint for taste. It is a great healthier option for the holidays.
- Quinoa Stuffing: What are the holidays without stuffing? Here is an amazing option that reduces carbs and adds protein to the dish instead. Quinoa with mushrooms, cranberries, and rosemary make for a healthier option.
- 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 on the treats around. This recipe includes a festive blackberry chutney as a delicious accompaniment to the roasted lamb.
There are many more healthy options out there for the holiday season! You don’t have to avoid delicious food to care for your physical and oral health, but it does take being mindful. 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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