Summer is here and with hot weather comes cold drinks. Water helps prevent staining on your teeth and flushes away sugars and acids. Water also helps keep your saliva levels high which is important. Saliva is a defense against decay.
Refreshing and Healthy
There are many health benefits from drinking water:
Promotes weight loss
Improves skin complexion
Not to mention, you can save money by drinking water! The best beverage choice you can make is water. If you want to spice up your flavor, add fresh citrus like lemons or oranges. If you’re looking for a healthy snack, try watermelon which is hydrating and nutritious.
Have you done your spring cleaning? Is your house fresh and clean? Did you add to the list your pantry and refrigerator? A healthy diet will help support a healthy mouth. If you can take the time to make your own food and snacks, you will gain nutrients and skip on the added sugars and fats. Most processed, packaged foods are packed with unwanted additives and sugars.
Healthy Snacks bring Smiles
Here are a few of our favorite swaps:
Trade deep fried chips for heirloom popcorn.
Ditch bottled salad dressing and make your own.
Switch out ketchup or ranch dipping sauce, try hummus
Avoid the drive-through fast food habit, plan a crock-pot meals.
Trade boxed macaroni and cheese for homemade whole grain pasta and low fat cheese.
Instead of sugary popsicles, try homemade popsicles made with yogurt or real fruit juice.
Stop the syrupy soda pop, bring on water with a slice of lemon.
New year, new you, new resolutions — everyone always says they want to eat healthier and kids shouldn’t be an exception. When kids eat healthier, they feel better and have more energy to be a kid. Healthy eating habits are also beneficial for successful oral health. Healthy foods contain the essential vitamins and nutrients kids need to grow. Parents and caregivers need to create an atmosphere where healthy foods are the first choice and junk foods are consumed in moderation.
Here are 5 ways to help your kids eat healthier foods and less junk food:
1. Stock your pantry with healthy snack choices and avoid buying snacks that are void of nutrients and full of sugar such as fruit snacks. Encourage children to choose fruits if they have a sweet tooth — try a smoothie!
2. Bake more often — there are so many recipes out there that contain fruits and vegetables that are kid-approved. Instead of breakfast pastries, try homemade muffins with oatmeal and fruit!
3. Limit TV – there are a lot of commercials that promote fast food meals and candy. Spend time together playing games or outside.
4. Create a family meal plan together — have your children help you plan your meals. Download this example
5. Eat together — eating meals together helps families stay united. Celebrate with healthy snacks like fruit yogurt vs. chocolate sundaes.
Eat together — eating meals together helps families stay united. Celebrate with healthy snacks like fruit yogurt vs. chocolate sundaes.
Are your teeth on the naughty or nice list? We all know that the holidays are filled with cookies, pies and candy canes. To keep your teeth on the nice list this year, consider the following tips when baking your traditional holiday treats.
Search for recipes that contain less sugar, such as, “low sugar chocolate chip cookies” or “healthy apple pie”
Consider using natural alternative sweeteners – check out this list for suggestions to help you reduce sugar in your recipes
Implement a new tradition – instead of cinnamon rolls for brunch, try oatmeal muffins!
Remember – if you are trying out a new recipe, make it for yourself first to see if you need to tweak any of the ingredients. Treats can be consumed in moderation, so indulge responsibly!