Back to school season is around the corner! If you’re like most parents, you’ve probably already started shopping for fall clothes and school supplies. But have you given any thought to what you’ll pack into your child’s lunch box? Consider the snacks and recipes below, which will give your kids enough energy to learn and play all day while also helping to fight plaque, gum disease, and cavities.
Make Your Own Trail Mix
Forget store-bought trail mix, which all too often includes added candies and chocolate. Instead, build your own dentist-approved snack using sunflower seeds, unsalted almonds, coconut flakes, and raisins. Mix and match with your child’s favorite munchies — but be sure to avoid sugary ingredients that can lead to tooth decay.
Create the Perfect Sandwich
According to MouthHealthy.org, whole grains, vegetables, lean sources of protein, and low-fat dairy are all great for dental health. And those are the makings of a delicious sandwich! Start with 100 percent whole wheat bread, and pile on turkey, low-fat cheese, lettuce, and tomato. Your children leave lunch feeling satisfied, and their teeth will remain pearly-white and cavity free!
Pack Fresh Fruit, Not Dried
Dried fruits may have a longer shelf life, but their chewy consistency can wreak havoc on little ones’ teeth. Fresh fruit is naturally high in water and fiber, helping to neutralize the sugars they contain while also cleaning teeth. Choose a variety of fruits from your local grocery store to keep your children’s lunch boxes interesting. Pair it with nonfat yogurt dip for a boost of calcium!
Try Homemade Hummus
Chickpeas are great for teeth and gums because they help fight bacteria and inflammation. But that’s not all! We love this tooth-friendly hummus recipe because it’s low in fat and cholesterol and high in folic acid. Fill a baggy with vitamin-rich, crunchy vegetables like cucumbers, celery, and carrots for a snack pack that will leave your kids’ teeth clean and happy.
If you’re unsure about whether or not your child’s favorite lunch or snack is tooth-friendly, give Adelberg & Montalvan Pediatric Dental and Orthodontics a call today. Our friendly dentists are happy to help! Ask about scheduling a back to school dental checkup as well.