Summer is here – and that means it is time for summer snacks! But those of us with braces should avoid sticky and crunchy snacks. Luckily, there are tons of tasty choices that are braces-safe. Kids and adults alike are sure to love these five easy summer treats:
Five Safe Summer Snacks for Braces
1. Soft Fruits
Fruit is nature’s candy. Bananas, grapes, kiwi, and berries all beat the summer heat. Try filling small cups or bags to make fruit easy to eat on the go.
2. Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is one of the healthiest snacks in the grocery store. Freeze a yogurt cup and eat it with a spoon for an ice cream style dessert. Or, use a plastic mold to make it into a yummy yogurt popsicle!
3. Soft Granola Bars
Avoid crunchy granola bars, but the soft varieties are a safe choice if you have braces. A good brand will be packed full of nutrients and whole-grains. You can even skip the store-bought brands and make your own homemade bars, customized with your favorite flavors.
Your teeth love the calcium in cheese. It rebuilds tooth enamel while killing cavity-causing bacteria. To spice up a cheese plate, use a cookie cutter to create fun shapes of all sizes!
5. Creamy Nut Butters
Peanut butter is a delicious summer choice, especially paired with apple slices. But have you tried almond butter, cashew butter, or sunbutter? Each has a unique creamy flavor that kids and adults alike are sure to love. They’re also a good way to sneak in extra protein to fuel summer activities. With braces, always avoid crunchy nut butters!
Don’t let braces slow down summer fun!
Braces shouldn’t stop you from enjoying summer snacks. With a little caution and creativity, you can maintain oral hygiene nd still snack to your heart’s content. If you aren’t sure about a snack, or are just ready for an appointment, be sure to contact us today!