Braces-Friendly Holiday Recipes

Braces-Friendly Holiday Recipes
Posted on 12/15/2016

The holidays are here, and while this is many people's favorite time of year, for those wearing braces, the holidays pose a new set of challenges. While the foods, sweets, and treats we love to enjoy during this season may be delicious, they can also pose a major threat to braces. But that doesn't mean you have to give up on all the food and fun! Here are a few holiday recipes that are delightfully delicious without posing a risk to braces.

 

4 Ingredient Ice Cream

 

We all love a bowl of ice cream during the holidays, but all that sugar can spell bad news for teeth and braces. Here's a recipe that packs in plenty of creamy goodness without all the extra sugar!

 

Ingredients

 

      5 overripe bananas, fully frozen

      3 cups vanilla almond milk

      1 tsp vanilla extract

      Cinnamon powder to taste

 

Directions

 

This is dangerously easy! Just throw everything except the cinnamon into a blender, mix until smooth and creamy, and serve! Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon for extra flare.

 

Crockpot Mashed Potatoes

 

Mashed potatoes are always a favorite this time of year, and this recipe packs extra flavor into this holiday staple!

 

Ingredients

 

      5 lbs Russet potatoes, peeled and cubed

      1 1/2 cups chicken broth

      1/4 cup butter, cut into chunks

      1 cup plain yogurt

      1 tsp garlic powder

      1 tsp onion powder

      1/2 tsp salt

      1/2 tsp pepper

      1/2 cup warm milk

 

Directions

 

First, throw the potatoes, butter, and broth into your crockpot and cook them on high for four and a half hours. After that, add the rest of the ingredients except the milk and mash until you get a rough mixture. Now add in the milk, continuing to mash, until you get the perfect consistency – then just serve and enjoy!

 

Mini Pumpkin Pie Bites

 

We all love pumpkin pie this time of year, and this recipe turns it bite size for a scrumptious pie that won't hurt braces.

 

Ingredients

 

      2 ready to roll pie crusts, refrigerated

      8 oz cream cheese, room temperature

      1/2 cup sugar

      1 cup canned pumpkin

      3 eggs

      1 tsp vanilla extract

      1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

      Cookie cutter (optionally pumpkin shaped)

 

Directions

 

First, preheat your oven to 350º. Use the cookie cutter to cut out 12 shapes from the pie crusts, keeping in mind that you may need to roll the dough out a little thinner than its packaged. Press the cutouts into the holes of a 24-piece muffin tray, allowing space to prevent the pies from overlapping. Use the whites from one egg to baste the edges of each mini pie. In a separate bowl, mix the cream cheese, sugar, pumpkin, eggs, vanilla extract, and pumpkin pie spice, then use a spoon to place a dollop of this mixture into each pie crust. Bake them for 12-15 minutes, let cool, and dig in!

 

Contact Your Local Taylor & Ann Arbor Orthodontists Today!

 

We hope these recipes add some braces-friendly cheer to your season, and if you have any more questions on surviving the holidays while wearing braces, we’re always happy to help. You can call us anytime at (313) 299-9700 for our Taylor office or (734) 662-7200 for our Ann Arbor office, reach out to us at our contact page, or use our easy online form to schedule an appointment at either of our offices. We can’t wait to hear from you, and we wish you a happy, braces-friendly holiday season!