Here are five snacks that are healthier for teeth and gums than many other sugary options!
- Frozen Yogurt Pops
- Homemade Trail Mix
- Carrot Sticks with Hummus
- Apple Slices Dipped in Nut Butter
Yogurt contains calcium, an important mineral for strong teeth. There’s also evidence that the healthy bacteria in yogurt can help protect your mouth from infection and disease. Mix low-sugar yogurt or Greek yogurt with chopped fruit and freeze in popsicle molds or an ice cube tray.
The healthiest trail mix contains a variety of raw nuts and seeds, such as almonds, walnuts, pistachios, cashews, pecans, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds. Nuts and seeds contain essential minerals that are good for both your teeth and overall health! For some fun flavor, add in some salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and chopped dark chocolate.
Eggs are a great high-protein snack for kids. They also contain nutrients that strengthen your teeth, such as vitamin D. There are many ways to prepare your eggs: scrambled, deviled, hard-boiled, in a quiche, in an omelet, and so on. For extra nutrients, scrambled eggs are especially good in a breakfast taco mixed with quinoa, cheese, and veggies (like leafy greens, onion, or bell peppers).
Vitamin A in carrots helps promote healthy gums and their vitamin K reduces enamel erosion. Plus, their crunchy texture helps cleans plaque from teeth. Serve thinly-cut carrot sticks with hummus, a delicious chickpea-based dip.
Like carrots, apples’ crispness helps clean teeth and they contain healthful nutrients and fiber. Jazz simple apple slices up with a protein-packed nut butter for a satisfying snack.
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