Chances are your family, and especially your kids, loves to indulge in sweet treats during the holidays. But how do you swap their favorite sweets for treats that aren’t so bad for their teeth? Here, we’ll provide some healthy holiday treat ideas for your family so they can enjoy the holidays by satisfying their sweet tooth without bringing on the cavities.
Mini Grinch Heads
These are the perfect holiday treats for the Dr. Seuss fans in your family. Use a white grape for the Grinch’s head, and create a miniature santa hat using strawberry for the red and banana for the white. These fruits are a much better alternative than other sweets and your teeth will thank you for munching on these instead of something with a lot of added cavity-causing sugar.
Peanut Butter & Jelly Thumbprint Cookies
Kids love peanut butter cookies, especially when they’re topped with a Hershey kiss. But these are packed with sugar that can lead to decay. So what do you do? Instead of using chocolate, use jelly! The classic peanut butter and jelly combo will have your kids forgetting all about the Hershey kiss and will significantly decrease their sugar intake. Just be sure to buy low sugar jelly.
Snowman Made with Eggs
Place one hard boiled egg on top of another (securing them with a toothpick in the middle), use black olives or peppercorns for the eyes and buttons, and carrots for the nose and hat and presto you’ve created the cutest festive holiday treat. And best of all, this treat is great for your teeth! Eggs are high in vitamin D which keeps your jawbone strong, while carrots are high in vitamin A which strengthens your tooth enamel.
Another great cookie option that is both tasty and low in sugar. Almond cookie recipes often call for less sugar than your standard sugar or chocolate chip cookies, while almonds are high in calcium and protein which help to strengthen tooth enamel and are also low in sugar.
Christmas Tree Frittata
These are another great egg-based holiday snack. Using a silicone tree mold that you can buy at any cooking store or online around the holidays, create mini tree frittatas using eggs, spinach, and cheese. As mentioned above, eggs are high in vitamin D to keep your bones strong, while cheese is high in calcium which makes your tooth enamel stronger. Spinach, a leafy green, is also great for your teeth because it’s high in vitamins and minerals that are good for your teeth.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
A classic recipe, chocolate covered strawberries are good for your teeth if you use dark chocolate (which doesn’t have as much sugar as milk chocolate). Strawberries also have some vitamin C, which help keep your gums healthy.
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