Holiday Hints and Recipes for Braces
Holidays Foods and Braces
What braces friendly treats can you put on your Holiday tables?
Most important is the texture of the candy or food. Taffy and caramels are no-no’s. Avoid candy canes, gingerbread cookies, peanut brittle, fudge, popcorn, and Rice Krispie treats.
Chocolates, sugar cookies, hot cocoa, marshmallows, brownies, donuts, and cupcakes are perfect holiday table treats! We have a Pinterest board dedicated to braces friendly recipes; and check out our Healthy Santa recipe below.
Don’t forget to brush and floss thoroughly after snacking!
Healthy Strawberry Cheesecake Santas
1 large container of fresh strawberries
1/2 cup reduced-fat cream cheese (room temperature)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
1 tbsp sugar
a squeeze of real lemon juice
Wash and dry strawberries. Cut off the tops, and also make a cut about 2/3 of the way down the strawberry. In the larger part of the strawberry, use a paring knife to cut a little cavity into the strawberry (for cheesecake filling).
In a separate bowl, mix together all of the rest of the ingredients and use an electric mixer on a low speed to combine. Using a spatula, spoon out the cream cheese mixture into a plastic baggy. With a pair of scissors, cut a small hole in the corner of the baggy that you can squeeze the cream cheese mixture through.
Line strawberries up on a large baking sheet, squeeze some cheesecake filling into the cavity of each strawberry, and top with the little triangle piece you initially cut off. The picture above has little black eyeballs, which you can add with chocolate sprinkles, or add food coloring to the icing mixture.
Stocking Stuffer Ideas:
Wonder what to put in those Christmas Stockings that will be braces friendly? Good options are small oranges, chocolates and gift certificates for milkshakes or Frostys.
And a new toothbrush is always a great idea!