The holiday season is jam-packed with sugary treats and delicious festive foods. However, these foods can also wreak havoc on your teeth. Fortunately, there are many healthy and delicious holiday foods that you can enjoy while still keeping your dental health in mind.
At Apple Tree Dental, we’re committed to helping our patients find the perfect balance between eating their favorite foods and protecting their teeth. To make things easy, we’ve compiled a list of five teeth-friendly recipes you can try this holiday season.
Santa Hat Strawberries
You may have heard of this adorable, kid-friendly treat before, but many traditional recipes include cream cheese icing with added sugar for the “beard” effect. This version is made with low-fat yogurt for a healthier take on the original recipe and only takes a few minutes to prepare! By slicing off the top of a strawberry and adding yogurt in between the layers, you’re left with a snack that resembles Saint Nick himself, complete with a red hat and fluffy white beard.
You may be surprised to learn that pumpkin pie is typically one of the healthiest pies on the dessert table. Pumpkin is loaded with fiber and Vitamin A, which are essential to good tooth and gum health. We’ve linked a healthy pumpkin pie recipe below that requires less sugar than usual without sacrificing flavor. So, you can indulge without the guilt! Just skip the traditional whipped cream topping.
Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Cookies
Oatmeal cookies are an excellent alternative to sweeter options, such as chocolate chip or sugar cookies. The good news is, you won’t feel like you’re “eating healthy” when you enjoy these buttery holiday cookies. This recipe takes the holiday flavors up a notch by adding cinnamon and naturally sweetened raisins for a delicious take on a well-loved dessert.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Their name might be deceiving, but sweet potatoes are actually one of the more teeth-friendly foods to enjoy during the holidays. When prepared without excess sugar and marshmallows, sweet potatoes can help promote good dental health. Try the recipe below for an indulgent treat that won’t leave you with a pesky toothache!
Festive Frozen Yogurt Bark
Fruit is always a fantastic substitute for overly sweet desserts. This Christmas-themed frozen yogurt bark includes various Vitamin C-rich fruits to satisfy your sugar craving while nourishing your body. In addition, calcium-rich yogurt helps promote strong teeth and bones. Prepare this treat during your next holiday party for a healthy crowd-pleaser that everyone will love!
Maintaining Your Oral Health During the Holidays
At Appletree Dental, our team of skilled, compassionate dental professionals is here to help you take care of your teeth so that you can enjoy your favorite foods during the holidays without the guilt. Contact us today to schedule your next cleaning or dental exam.