Great Snack Choices for a Healthier Smile
A lot of parents come into our clinic with questions regarding healthy eating for their children. It is really hard to avoid all sugar containing items but minimizing them and offering healthier alternatives is not as hard as it seems.
The truth is that ‘Sugary’ snacks are inevitable, but as a parent it is important to monitor how often your child is eating or drinking sugary things. Here are some tips to minimize the effects of high sugar foods on your and your child’s dental health:
Eat a snack all at once and then put it away (grazing throughout the day leaves sugar on your teeth for a long time and is not good)
Drink water after eating something sugary to clean your mouth
Try to combine sugary snacks with healthy ones- chocolate and cheese, apple and Nutella… This allows the “better” food to clean the “worse” food off your teeth
Though they may not always be the most appealing to your little ones, the best snacks, as we know, are the healthy ones. The good news is that ‘healthy’ doesn’t mean you have to compromise on taste. Once your kids give these tasty snacks a try, they might become open to all things healthy!
· Fresh veggies and hummus
· Apple wedges with peanut butter
· Low-fat yogurt with berries
· Cubes of cheese and crackers
· Hard-boiled eggs with a little bit of salt and pepper
· Celery sticks with cream cheese
· A homemade milkshake with low-fat milk (or almond milk), the fruit of their choice, chia seeds, and cinnamon
· Lean proteins such as chicken breast, fish, and turkey
The above mentioned snacks aren’t high in sugar and they contain all the nutrients your children need to have the necessary energy throughout the day.
This is only a sample of all the great, healthy snacks out there for your kids. For more ideas, ask us the next time you visit our clinic.
It’s never too early to create healthy habits; they’re not only good for oral health, but overall health too. That’s a win-win, if you ask us.