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Snack Ideas

Fighting the Candy Craving

October 24th, 2017

It’s that time of year again--the time when everywhere you go, there is likely to be a bowl of candy on the counter inviting you to take a piece or two. It’s also the time of year when your kids come home with bags of sugary treats from all the Halloween parties and trick-or-treating fun surrounding the holiday. Resisting the temptation to overindulge in sweet treats can be hard, especially when they are right in front of your face asking to be eaten!  That’s why we’re here to help you fight the urge to put your hand in that candy jar once and for all! Here are a few simple, healthy alternatives to help you satisfy that sugar craving without feeling guilty.

1. Frozen Fruit

If you are more inclined to go for the fruity-flavored candy, just eat the real thing instead! Frozen fruit, like grapes for instance, have the sweet flavor and crunchy texture, but are a whole lot better for you! And they are bite sized, so you can eat a few without a sugar overload!

2. Honey Sticks

Naturally sweet and easy to eat, honey sticks make for the perfect sweet-tooth fix. Honey is nature’s energy source, and a great tasting one at that!

3. Natural Fruit Leather Strips

You may have these already on hand for kids lunches or a grab-n-go snack, but organic fruit leather strips can be a simple fix for a sweet craving. They also are a great item to hand out to trick or treaters instead of traditional candy.  

4. Unsweetened Greek Yogurt with Fruit

This may be what you eat for breakfast or a snack, and it’s a great go to when you have the urge to grab that piece of candy in the afternoon. Add your favorite fruit or nuts to it to give it some extra flavor and texture, making it even more satisfying.

5. Chewing Gum

This is obviously not an option for people with braces, but chewing flavored gum is a great way to satisfy that sugar craving without totally indulging in another food group.

Don’t let the candy cravings get the best of you! And, have a wonderfully spook-a-licious Halloween!

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Braces-Friendly Snack Ideas

March 16th, 2015

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We know that the transition to eating braces-friendly foods can be difficult; you can only eat so many mashed potatoes and bowls of apple sauce, right? Last May we wrote a post on breakfast ideas. We wanted to follow up with some healthy snack ideas for those of you who might be looking for more inspiration!

Remember, it's always a good idea to chew carefully, use bite-sized pieces, and brush after you eat. Braces work by applying a constant controlled force on your teeth in order to properly move them. If at any time this force is disrupted, it can delay your orthodontic treatment time—mainly by broken brackets and wires. This most frequently happens when you eat hard, sticky, or crunchy foods. So in order to keep your orthodontic treatment on track, it’s important to stick to braces-friendly foods.

1. Thinly sliced apples, dipped in peanut butter, yogurt, or creamy chocolate sauce
2. Cheese and crackers
3. Cereal mix: Pack a Ziploc bag full for a great school-time or on-the-go snack. Mix your favorite low-sugar cereal with Goldfish crackers or Cheez-its and other braces-safe bites like mini marshmallows, raisins or dried cranberries
4. Peanut Butter Tacos: Peanut butter & low-sugar jelly or honey on a soft tortilla shell, rolled up for easy eating on the go
5. String cheese
6. Hummus & soft pita bread sections, or soft raw veggies, like zucchini or red pepper strips that are easy to bite and chew
7. Soft fruit: strawberries, kiwi, bananas, orange or tangerine sections
8. Sugar-free yogurt smoothies
9. Soft granola bars
10. Pizza wheels: Pizza sauce on an English muffin, topped with shredded mozzarella
11. Roasted edamame with sea salt
12. Kale chips

There's even a cookbook devoted to brace-friendly recipes: The Braces Cookbook by Pamela Waterman, available on Amazon. It's a great resource for snack recipes, as well as healthy meals for brace-wearing individuals who want to avoid orthodontic issues.

With a little creativity, planning, and the willingness to make some adjustments in your diet, it's easy (and tasty) to eat well while being a safety-conscious orthodontic patient.

Got more questions about foods that are safe to eat? Give us call at 541-848-6642. And if you come up with any good recipes of your own, please comment and let us know!

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