As the school year starts back up again, parents are faced with a new challenge: finding after-school snacks that will get kids through the afternoon until dinnertime (and be safe for their braces, too). To make your search a bit easier, here are some braces-friendly snack ideas to get you started.
Cheese and apple slices
Cheese is high in the minerals calcium and phosphorus, both of which promote strong tooth enamel. Apple slices are high in fiber, making this snack balanced with protein and fiber. We advise patients to avoid whole apples to protect braces, but cutting up these fresh fruits makes them braces-friendly.
Peanut butter on whole wheat toast
Peanut butter provides protein (go for the smooth variety to make it less likely to get stuck in braces), while whole grains give this snack fiber to satisfy cravings and keep students full between meals.
Cucumber slices, cherry tomatoes, and ranch or Greek yogurt dip
The dip will make the healthy veggies more appealing to younger taste buds, while the bite-sized veggies give this option a satisfying crunch.
Cottage cheese, blueberries, and strawberries
Cottage cheese has a high density of protein, and fruits like berries are sweet, fibrous, and refreshing.
Banana and string cheese
A banana is soft enough to enjoy with braces, and it contains many important nutrients like potassium, magnesium, and Vitamin C. You can make it even easier on new or recently adjusted braces by cutting a whole banana into slices. The string cheese finishes off this balanced snack with protein and calcium, which can help strengthen enamel and provide an added boost of energy.
Cooked sweet potato cubes with cinnamon
Sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamins and minerals like iron, Vitamin D, and beta carotene. With cinnamon or a different sweet seasoning of your choice, they can be made into a delicious, secretly healthy, and braces-safe treat!