With the holidays just around the corner, you’re probably feeling tempted by the all the colorful, sugar-filled treats. Despite all the bright, spring-inspired packaging, eating the sugary treats of the holiday is bad for not just your teeth, but also your overall health. Thankfully, you don’t have to forego treats entirely for a holiday with some healthier alternatives that satisfy your craving in a more nutritious and oral hygiene-friendly way.
Forget the pure sugar jellybeans and opt for a fruit arrangement instead. With fruit, you enjoy all the colors and flavors of jellybeans, but from their natural source instead of artificial sweeteners, preservatives, and flavors. You can either order a fresh fruit arrangement to compliment your holiday meal or make your own by cutting and skewering fruit including grapes, raspberries, blueberries, and pineapple. While fruits like blueberries are high in helpful antioxidants, don’t forget that they’re also full of natural sugar, so moderation is still important. Make sure you limit your mouth’s exposure to acidic fruits that can damage enamel.
While your children are hunting for eggs around the house or outside, whip up some healthy pancakes for breakfast so you can fill up on good food instead of chocolate bunnies and treats in plastic eggs. There are a variety of healthy pancake recipes online featuring wholesome ingredients like oatmeal, bananas, whole wheat and egg whites. Find a recipe that you know everyone will love and replace the sugary syrup with fresh fruit that’s more nutritious and filling. If you celebrate Passover, pancakes won’t work, but matzoh brie will! Just don’t overload it with powdered sugar or cinnamon and sugar.
Dip into dark chocolate
Eating an entire chocolate bunny in one day was fun when you were a kid, but as an adult, it’s time to embrace a different, darker approach to chocolate. Take the fresh fruit arrangement a step further by drizzling dark chocolate over the fruit or dipping them in halfway. Dark chocolate adorned fruit arrangements are also available for order if you’re afraid the temptation of melted chocolate is too great to resist. In moderation, dark chocolate has health benefits including antioxidants that can improve blood flow and lower blood pressure. The most beneficial type of dark chocolate contains 70% or higher cocoa content and some studies suggest that dark chocolate is more filling than milk and white chocolate and can curb cravings for sweets.
Staying healthy and being good to your smile is possible this holiday when you plan ahead and avoid the colorful temptation of jellybeans, chocolate bunnies, and marshmallow chicks.
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