Fun Snacking with Braces: Recipes Included!

You have probably heard that when you have braces, you have to change some of your eating habits.  There are two reasons for this:  First, to avoid unnecessary pain, and second, to protect the brackets and wires from breakage. 

Fun-Snacking-BracesIn general, when you have braces, you want to avoid anything that is TOO hard, chewy, sticky, crunchy, or BIG!  We know that this can be a difficult transition, just remember that it is only temporary!  Before you know it, you will be back to eating your favorite foods! 

In the meantime, enjoy these brace-friendly snack and lunch ideas:

Sliced Wraps:  Spread sour cream, hummus, or salad dressing on a tortilla.  Fill with shredded cheese, ground beef or grated vegetables.  Roll it up and slice into soft, easily chewed pieces!

Grilled Cheese and Avocado Bites: Make a grilled cheese sandwich on seedless bread (with avocado spread on the bread), then slice into small bite-sized pieces or fun shapes for a healthy snack.

Couscous Salad:  Cook couscous according to package directions, then add cheese or shredded vegetables, cubed tofu and top off with your favorite salad dressing.

Soft Fruit Kebabs:  Cube semi-soft fruits (peaches, bananas, citrus) into ½” pieces, then stack/skewer them with toothpicks.

Smoothies:  Start with Yogurt, ice or frozen seedless fruit and blend with a banana and a squirt of honey for a healthy, yummy snack or breakfast!

Potato Salad:  Combine cooked cubed potatoes with hardboiled eggs, mayonnaise, mustard, onions and a dash of pickle juice and dill for a hearty snack.  Leave out anything hard such as celery. 

Eating with braces may feel like a challenge, but it can also be a lot of fun!

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