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Four Healthy Holiday Recipes Your Dentist Will Love

Try These Mouth-Friendly Snacks This Season

{Who says you have to compromise taste to eat foods that are healthy? These recipes will help your teeth stay sparkling this holiday season!}

The holidays are a special time of year, with family, friends, and delicious meals that are shared with those closest to you. It’s also a time that’s notorious for being filled with all sorts of sweet treats and not-so-good-for-you snacks. Things like candy canes, dried fruit (sorry…fruitcake!), and eggnog are staples during the winter holidays, but they can also wreak havoc on your teeth and your gums. Thankfully, you can still enjoy your holidays without these goodies, or you can find tasty alternatives that are lower in sugar so they won’t erode the natural enamel on your teeth.

Holiday Snacks the Whole Family Can Enjoy

This year, add some fun and festive, low-sugar alternatives to your holiday treats! In addition to these healthy holiday recipes, you can always take your must-have favorites and cut the sugar serving in half, or switch the sugar out altogether for a sweetener like Stevia. Keeping a sugar-free pack of gum and a glass of water nearby is also a good idea if you can’t help yourself or if you find yourself wanting to indulge in a cookie or a piece of chocolate. These no-guilt snacks also help to rid your mouth of any lingering sugar particles that could promote decay.

Try these healthier treat suggestions and see which is the biggest hit with your family and friends!

Egg Snowmen

This recipe is an egg-cellent way to start your holiday dinner. Eggs are a good source of protein and Vitamin D – which is essential for oral health. Carrots can act as a sort of natural toothbrush, helping to clean plaque off your teeth when you eat them raw. Plus, the adorable snowmen are bound to be a hit at any holiday party!

The recipe serves 6 and takes about 30 minutes to prepare.

What You’ll Need:

  • 6 large hard-boiled eggs
  • 6 small hard-boiled eggs
  • Peppercorns
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 skewer
  • Uncooked pasta or pretzel sticks (to hold the snowman in place)
  • Parsley

Directions:

Start by peeling the eggs and chopping the carrots. You’ll need a piece of the carrot from each end (about half a centimeter thick). For each snowman, you’ll be using one larger egg, which sits at the base, and one small one as the head.

Next, cut off the top and bottom of each egg so that it can stand up freely. Arrange the eggs and the carrots, and then stick the skewer through the middle of the egg snowman. Do the same with the carrot top hat.

Use the pasta or pretzel stick to hold the egg snowman and his carrot hat in place. Then, use the skewer to make a small hole for the eyes, the nose, and the mouth (if you want). Use peppercorns for the eyes and mouth and a small piece of carrot for the nose. Finally, add a sprig of parsley on either side for the arms.

Fruit Skewers

While dried fruit may be a dental disaster, you can still enjoy fresh fruit, with less worry. You might want to avoid produce that is high in acid or in sugar in order to reduce enamel erosion, but other than that, this makes for a delicious anytime snack. For a fun and festive twist, use cookie cutters to cut them into fun shapes, like snowflakes!

What You’ll Need:

  • Various fruits, like grapes, strawberries, bananas, watermelon, and cantaloupe. You can modify which fruits you use based on your liking. Or, stick to red and green fruits for a holiday theme!
  • Skewers

Directions:

Cut the fruits into one-inch pieces, or use small cookie cutters to create designs. Assemble them on the skewers in your order of preference. Serve and enjoy!

Algerian Carrots

You can even incorporate teeth-healthy recipes into the dinner line-up! We mentioned that raw carrots made a great snack, but cooked carrots can also promote oral health, as they stimulate saliva, which helps to keep your mouth free of harmful bacteria.

This recipe serves six and takes about 45 minutes to make.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 2 pounds carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions:

Start by boiling water on the stove on medium heat, steaming the carrots until they are tender (but not mushy) for about five minutes. Drain, and reserve ½ cup of the water. In a medium skillet, heat olive oil on medium heat. Stir in the garlic and spices (except the bay leaf), and cook on low, frequently stirring until fragrant. This process should take about ten minutes. Finally, add the reserved liquid, bay leaf, and cover. Simmer for about 20 minutes before tossing in the carrots for another 2-3 minutes. Before serving, remove the bay leaf, and stir in the lemon juice.

Gingerbread Cookies

This dessert is a tradition for many families during the winter, but most recipes call for a ton of sugar and molasses, which are definitely not good for your teeth! Thankfully, you can substitute some of the ingredients so you can keep enjoying this classic treat for years to come.

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups Almond Flour (feel free to use all-purpose flour, if you prefer)
  • 1 Tbsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 ½ tsp. Ground Ginger
  • ¼ tsp Ground Cloves
  • ¼ tsp Nutmeg
  • ½ tsp Gluten-free Baking Powder
  • ¼ cup Erythritol (or similar sugar replacement)
  • ¼ cup Butter (softened)
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix the baking powder, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, flour, and cinnamon in a large bowl. In another bowl, combine the soft ingredients, starting with the butter and the sweetener. Once fully integrated, beat in the egg and the vanilla extract. Finally, stir in the dry ingredients and mix well to start forming the mixture. Put the finished dough in the fridge to cool, before rolling out and cutting into shapes. Bake for 10-12 minutes, and allow to cool before decorating or serving.

Avoid a Dental Visit This Holiday

Nobody wants to spend their winter holidays at the dentist’s office—not even your dentist! At Williams Dental & Orthodontics, our dentists always recommend that their patients try to hold back on sweets and on excessive amounts of alcohol during the holidays. In the long run, it’s better for your oral health not to over-indulge. Plus, it’ll help your teeth stay healthy for many more years to come! A little bit of snacking here and there isn’t the end of the world, but just be sure to stay on top of your oral health routines, and don’t forget to brush twice a day! Contact us today at (918) 396-3711 to schedule your first dental cleaning of 2019!

Williams Dental & Orthodontics
1400 W 4th St
Skiatook, OK 74070
Phone: (918) 396-3711