Thanksgiving has come and gone and now the winter holidays are here. And that means you’re going to be surrounded by plenty of sweet holiday treats. Our Heritage Dental team is definitely not saying you should cut these goodies out of your life completely, but we do think it’s important to remember your dental health even amid all the festivities. As an alternative to the standard cookies, candy, and pies that may increase your likelihood of holiday cavities, we want to offer up some healthy alternatives. Don’t worry, these healthy holiday treats are still delicious!
When it comes to nutrition and oral health, fruit is always a good choice to satisfy your sweet tooth. For a holiday treat, you can make fruit more fun by presenting it in a festive way. For example, make a little snowman out of three banana slices and then top him with a strawberry Santa hat. Cut wedges of watermelon into holiday shapes. Or arrange sliced kiwis, honeydew, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries into a Christmas tree with ornaments.
Did you know that cheese is great for dental health because of its calcium and phosphorus content? A beautifully arranged cheese plate makes for a welcome addition to any holiday spread. It’s also a clever way to sneak more fruit onto the table since grapes make for the perfect accompaniment to cheese, whole-grain crackers, and nuts.
Along with its high amount of antioxidants, dark chocolate also has less sugar than its cousins white and milk chocolate. All of this means that it’s a healthier choice for a holiday treat. If you want to make chocolate-covered fruit or nuts, stick with melted dark chocolate.
We hope you and your family have a lovely holiday season together. If you need any dental care before you jet off on vacation or before you cozy up for the break at home, reach out to our Heritage Dental team. Or if you have more ideas for healthy holiday treats, we would love your suggestions. Contact us today!