Once the braces are on, the main consideration for orthodontic patients is maintenance. In addition to making sure mouths stay clean and hygienic, patients also need to be mindful of what they eat. Orthodontists will often recommend a list of foods to avoid while wearing braces. These foods often include hard, crunchy, and sticky foods which can get caught inside braces and cause bracket loosening or breaking. Especially for kids, it’s important to make sure that braces patients can still enjoy the foods they’re eating. Take a look at these great recipes that are perfect for braces patients, no matter their age.
Peach Caprese Salad
Peach caprese salad is a creative spin on the classic caprese salad. You can choose to add peaches to a traditional recipe, or substitute peaches instead of tomatoes for a sweet flavor that kids will enjoy. A benefit of this salad is that it’s simple to prepare, making it perfect for a quick snack. Just slice fresh mozzarella cheese, a ripe yellow peach, and a ripe tomato. Layer them in an alternating pattern on a dish with fresh basil leaves. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Peanut Butter Cookie Smoothie
This peanut butter cookie smoothie makes a healthy treat that’s great for breakfast or an after-school (or after-work) snack. The oats provide fiber, and the banana adds a healthy serving of essential vitamins and minerals. Use low-fat milk or almond milk to increase the health benefits by decreasing the calories.
Add the following ingredients into a blender for two servings:
- ½ cup of oats
- 1 ripe banana
- ¼ cup of peanut butter
- ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
- ½ cup milk of your choice
- 1-2 scoops of ice
Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
A great benefit of quinoa is the protein it contains. On average, one cup of quinoa has an impressive 24 grams of protein. This can be especially helpful for new braces patients who have trouble eating meat due to the sensitivity of their teeth adjusting to the pressure. For added flavor, cook the quinoa according to package directions, but substitute chicken broth in place of water. Make your own simple and healthy dressing using lemon juice, vinegar, crushed garlic, extra virgin olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste.
Toss the quinoa and dressing together with your favorite ingredients, such as:
- Feta cheese chunks
- Diced red peppers
- Sliced cucumbers
- Chopped parsley
- Chopped cherry tomatoes
- Pitted kalamata or black olives
- Sliced or chopped red onions
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