Holiday Treats Don’t Have to Mean a Trip to the Dentist
The holiday season is a magical time of year. Family gatherings, spending time with friends, and – of course – enjoying sweet treats! Unfortunately, too much candy cane or peanut brittle can mean a trip to the dentist, and that’s not on anybody’s wish list. Thankfully, you can still enjoy your holidays and satisfy your sweet tooth, without promoting tooth decay or cavities in your mouth!
Low Sugar Holiday Snacks
You don’t have to comprise your holiday traditions to help maintain the health of your teeth. Instead, opt for low-sugar alternatives for your favorite sweet treats. No matter how old you are, Your dentist (and your waistline) will thank you! Here are some fun recipes try out with the whole family:
“Caramel” Yogurt Dip
Nothing beats an apple-caramel treat during the holidays. Apple’s are a great natural snack and can even help clean your teeth! Too bad sticky sweets like caramel can cling to your mouth and invite bacteria and plaque to develop. Here’s a great way to get the best of both worlds, without all the harmful sugar.
You will need:
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon agave syrup
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 6 ounces of plain yogurt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, agave syrup, and salt. Cook on low heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and add the vanilla and yogurt. Allow the dip to cool before serving.
Sugar-Free Gingerbread Men
Gingerbread is almost synonymous with wintertime, but they are traditionally made with loads of sugar. That doesn’t mean you can’t keep on with this classic tradition – just swap out some ingredients for less harmful alternatives. (It’s also low-carb, gluten-free, and paleo – for those diet specific people in your life.)
You will need:
- 2 cups Almond flour
- 1 tbsp Cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tsp Ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp Ground Cloves
- 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp Gluten-free baking powder
- 1/4 cup Erythritol (or similar sugar replacement)
- 1/4 cup Butter (softened)
- 1 large Egg
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
In a large mixing bowl, stir together the dry ingredient. In a separate bowl, combine the butter and the sweetener, and then beat in the egg and vanilla. Once fully combined, incorporate the dry ingredients and begin forming the dough. Chill, then roll out the dough for and cut into cookie shapes.
Grinch Fruit Kabobs
As simple as it sounds, fruit kabobs are a great finger food that can be eaten while waiting for dinner to be ready or as a dessert. For an added holiday twist, arrange them to look like little Grinches in Santa hats!
You will need:
- Green grapes
- Strawberries, hulled
- Mini marshmallows
Remove the tips from the strawberries and cut the bananas into slices. Arrange the kabobs with one grape, a slice of banana, an upside-down strawberry, and top it with a mini marshmallow.
Don’t Neglect Your Dental Health!
With all the excitement surrounding Thanksgiving, the holidays, and celebrating the New Year, it can be easy to forget to brush or floss now and then. But the only way to keep your teeth healthy enough for the next feast is to ensure they stay healthy and happy by following a regular oral health routine. At Acosta Dental Arts, we can help you stay on top of all your dental needs, including regular check-ups, cleanings, and whitenings. Contact us today at (561) 622-0301 for a Free Cosmetic Smile Assessment!