If your child has recently had braces, they’re probably stressed over aching gums and having to give up bubble gum and all the other chewy snacks they love. You can make the transition easier on your child by keeping plenty of these braces-friendly healthy snacks in the kitchen for them. Perhaps even have a plate of them waiting after the installation as a reward for making it through.
6 Healthy Snacks For Those With Braces
- 1. Cantaloupe
Kids with a sweet tooth will love a bowl of cantaloupe slices, and you’ll love that it’s not only full of vitamins and nutrients, it’s also easy to chew and won’t get stuck in the wires.
- 2. Fancy Bread
Most grocery stores will have a fairly good selection of bread loaves, such as Italian or ciabatta, that are a good bit more interesting than the stuff you make sandwiches out of. Pick one with a soft crust that you think your child will like, and cut into long, thin slices. Fill a small bowl with something to dip the bread into, like tomato sauce or jam, for a snack platter that the whole family can enjoy.
- 3. Pretzels
Pretzels are a treat that won’t leave your kids more hungry, like many sugary treats. There are many different dipping sauces and bread flavors to try with pretzels for an endless amount of variety to satisfy their taste buds.
- 4. Blueberries
Fresh blueberries can be a tad bitter compared to the blueberry flavoring most children are used to, but all the more reason they should try the real thing. If it’s not blueberry picking season, you can still get a carton of blueberries from the grocery store, and give your child a toothpick with which to skewer a few for a fun treat.
- 5. Cheese
Cheddar is usually considered a “hard” cheese, but it’s still soft enough to be chewed easily and is a better option than “soft” cheeses like brie, because the softest cheese will stick to your braces. Cut up and serve with crackers for a classic snack option.
- 6. Yogurt
Yogurt is not just a snack for dieters anymore. Easy to chew and swallow, and available in a wide variety of sweet, tasty, flavors, individual cups make yogurt a great option for snacking. You can mix yogurt with other toppings like fresh fruit for a healthy dessert.
Finding snacks that won’t damage braces isn’t hard with these ideas. Be sure that your kids are following up on all dental and orthodontic appointments to keep their smile in the best shape. Informational credit to Mar Orthodontics.
Guest post written by Anita. Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She mostly writes about home and family, finance, and business. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and reading a good book.