Learn What Festive But Healthy Christmas Treats To Try
Halloween is over, Thanksgiving has come and gone, and Christmas season has officially arrived. A season filled with sweets.
Our homes begin to turn into proverbial candy lands with Gingerbread houses, peppermint candy canes, and an unreasonable amount of chocolate begins to fill the kitchen. Not to mention the lingering candy from Halloween.
As a parent, how are you supposed to make sure your child’s dental hygiene (and general health) aren’t thrown out the door with these tempting treats?
Indulge in Christmas Treats While Still Taking Care of Your Teeth
The best pediatric dentist will have given you all the tools you need to take care of your child’s teeth, even during holidays.
Because, fortunately, you don’t have to throw out holiday treats entirely (phew!). Instead, a few adjustments to your candy choices will ensure you can enjoy the holiday while still taking care of your teeth.
Here are a few of our favorite healthy alternatives to Christmas candy.
Festive But Healthy Alternatives to Your Favorite Christmas Treats
While you want to be healthy in your candy choices during the holiday season; you also don’t want to throw out festivity and fun all together. Good thing there are a lot of healthy holiday treats that are just as festive as their candy alternatives!
Instead of Peppermint Candy Canes Try…
Peppermint Bark! This delicious treat avoids the pitfall of the sugary, sticky candy cane while still ensuring the delicious flavor of peppermint. While candy canes are particularly bad for your teeth (along eating time paired with lots of sugar) you are bound to have dozens of them come into your kitchen during this time of year. Crush them up and incorporate them into your chocolate-y treat that limits the number of candy canes your kids consume without completely eliminating them.
Instead of Filled Hard Candies Try…
Fruit! Clementines and oranges are festive, yet healthy holiday treats. Instead of filling your child’s stocking with candy, consider putting these traditional fruits in instead. And because oranges naturally pull apart in small segments, this treat is also a great way to teach your child about sharing during this season of giving. (They are also high in Vitamin C which helps gums stay healthy).
Instead of Caramels Try…
Candied nuts! Caramels are always sticky and bad for your teeth, but you can tailor the recipes for candied nuts to be healthy and tasty! If you use a recipe that sweetens them naturally with cinnamon, vanilla, and maple sugar they will taste delicious and still be healthier. Also, nuts have many other health benefits, walnuts, in particular, are filled with Omega-3 fatty acids that reduce inflammation in the body and decrease the risk of chronic diseases.
These are just a few examples of the many delicious alternatives to Christmas candy, and the best pediatric dentist can provide even more!
At Sea of Smiles, we pride ourselves on providing the best pediatric dentists for your children in a child-friendly environment. Both of our kid’s dentist offices in Yardley (267-392-5878) and Bensalem (215-433-1840) can provide excellent dental care for your children. If you’d like more information about Sea of Smiles please contact our offices today to schedule an appointment.