Looking for a summer snack for you and your family? Popsicles, potato chips and saltwater taffy are old summer standbys — but they aren’t exactly teeth-friendly treats. Here, Dr. Darian Hampton of the Hamptons Family & Cosmetic Dentistry suggests a few snacks that you can enjoy without regret.
Everyone craves something sweet on warm summer nights. Fruit offers a burst of sweetness without the artificial, cavity-causing sugars of cookies or candy. Try this creative way to serve your favorite fruits:
Cut up two peeled bananas, ¼ of a cantaloupe and one apple into bite-sized chunks, and halve five large strawberries. If you like, incorporate your favorite tropical fruits like kiwi slices and chunks of pineapple. Thread alternating chunks of fruit onto skewers, and enjoy!
Red, White and Blueberry Parfait
These parfaits are perfect for entertaining. The teeth-friendly ingredients can be assembled ahead of time and served at a 4th of July BBQ.
Place a few spoonful’s of calcium-rich vanilla Greek yogurt in the bottom of a tall glass. Top with a layer of granola, then a layer of cut-up strawberries and blueberries. If you don’t serve immediately, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
These chips are a great alternative to greasy, fatty potato chips. The calcium-rich cheese contains casein, which strengthens tooth enamel.
Cut an unpeeled zucchini into thin slices and arrange the slices in a single layer on a greased pan. Sprinkle grated or shredded Parmesan cheese onto the zucchini slices. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 10 minutes on each side or until brown.
Frozen Yogurt Dots
Kids love these treats because they look and taste like ice cream; parents love them because they’re not.
Pour a cup of your favorite flavored yogurt into a plastic sandwich bag. Snip off the end of the bag and pipe the yogurt into a baking sheet in small dots. Place the baking sheet in the freezer until the yogurt freezes (approx. 30-40 minutes). Enjoy a handful on their own or on the side of the fruit kebabs.
Ants on a Log
This is a summertime favorite! Eating crunchy celery helps prevent plaque and keep the teeth clean. Although still sugary, raisins are a healthier alternative to candy.
Cut celery stalks in half and spread a teaspoon of peanut butter on the celery. Sprinkle a few raisins on top of the stalk. For a fun twist on the traditional ants on a log, spread Laughing Cow cheese on the celery and top with chopped-up apple. Or, spread hummus on the celery and top with carrots.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hampton to discuss your oral health or explore your cosmetic dentistry options, please contact Hamptons Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today. Call (972) 395-9292 and speak to a friendly member of our team.