3 tooth-friendly snacks for your next party
Whether you’re throwing a party or hosting a movie marathon, a selection of tasty snacks can really hit the spot. Instead of opting for the usual cavity-laden treats, however, try these healthy, delicious substitutes.
White bean dip
Dips can be a great way to get a serving of veggies into your diet. For an easy option that’s quick to make, grab a can of white kidney (cannellini) beans and blend the contents with some lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and rosemary. Rich in antioxidants, beans are also full of fiber, which keeps you full longer, deterring the frequent snacking that breeds bacteria.1 Finally, don’t forget to cut up some carrots and celery for dipping.
Sugar-free chicken wings
Although you may not think of meat as a cavity culprit, sweet barbecue sauce packed with brown sugar can be a major player in dental decay. Save your teeth by opting for a mustard- or vinegar-based sauce to serve with your wings. If you’re looking to spice up the dish, consider making a yogurt-based sauce with curry or choosing spicy brown mustard instead of Dijon.2
Full of phosphorus, eggs are a great way to strengthen your enamel,3 and deviled eggs are sure to please any crowd. Cut down on your sugar intake by using a mixture of mustard and Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise. Yogurt has the added benefit of calcium — another essential for strong teeth.4