March is National Nutrition Month! This is a great reminder that we should critically evaluate our dietary habits, focusing on making a healthy change for our bodies.
When orthodontic appliances limit what you can eat, it might seem more difficult to come up with smart, nutritional meals and snacks. It might be tempting to stick to a diet of ice cream and pudding, but your braces aren’t an excuse for unhealthy choices! There are so many tasty and healthy foods that are braces-friendly. Here are some great suggestions for nutritious foods that are safe for your braces:
Looking for a tasty, filling breakfast? Oatmeal is a great choice when you have braces. It’s soft, so it won’t damage your orthodontic appliances. Plus, it’s a very nutritious food. If you want to add protein, try stirring in some peanut butter or almond butter.
Yogurt doesn’t require any chewing, so it’s great for braces. Plus, it’s packed with probiotics, healthy dairy, and nutrients! However, you should check to make sure that your yogurt flavor doesn’t have a ton of added sugar.
- Steamed veggies
Even though you’ll have to avoid crunchy, raw veggies for a bit, you shouldn’t be steering clear of vegetables altogether! Try steaming your favorite veggies to make them soft. That way, they’ll be equally delicious and perfectly safe to eat with braces.
Looking for a protein-packed snack? Look no further than nutrient- and fiber-rich hummus! It’s a great way to fill up after school. Try eating your hummus with a soft veggie like red pepper or cucumber for an extra nutritional boost.
- Soft fruits
Next time you’re craving something sweet, try a banana, peach slices, or some blueberries. These tasty and soft fruits will help to satiate that sweet tooth!
This National Nutrition Month, make sure to eat healthily. It’s important for your body, and it’s also important for the health of your teeth and braces. Food is the fuel that keeps your body running, and when you make smart nutritional choices, you’ll feel so good and energized! If you want any more tips for staying healthy with braces, get in contact with us at Petty & Bielik Orthodontics today!