Sweet as the holidays may be, sugar-packed treats can wreak havoc on your pearly whites. This season, ring in the festivities with healthy and fun holiday snack options that fill your mouth with joy.
These adorable snowmen — made with hard-boiled eggs, carrots and peppercorns — will melt your heart before melting in your mouth. Eggs are a source of Vitamin D, which is needed to help absorb, carry and deposit calcium in the bone that supports your teeth. Carrots — which are crunchy, firm and full of water — help to scrub your teeth clean like a natural toothbrush.
Spinach Artichoke Frittata Trees
You won’t need to cut down on these trees! Dairy products like milk contain calcium, eggs are a source of Vitamin D and leafy greens like spinach are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. (Just be sure to floss before flashing a smile beneath the mistletoe!)
Black Olive Penguins
These penguins will waddle their way into your heart — especially because they’re filled with cream cheese, which has calcium.
Rich in calcium, cheese is always a MouthHealthy favorite. To get perfectly round eyes and noses, the author of this recipe used a juice box-sized straw to cut round pieces of black olive and a larger straw for the red pepper nose.
Pita Tree Appetizers
Photo: Betty Crocker
The low-fat sour cream in this recipe is a source of vitamin D, which strengthens bones and teeth.
Be good for goodness sake to your teeth with these Grinch Poppers. For a healthier and more MouthHealthy alternative, swap the sugary and sticky marshmallow for another piece of banana.
Source: Mouth Healthy by the American Dental Association