We can’t lie – when it comes to braces, one of the biggest learning curves is not being able to indulge in some of your favorite foods. It’s important to avoid consuming anything too crunchy or sticky in order to protect your braces and your smile during orthodontic treatment, but these restrictions can be frustrating. Fortunately, there are still so many things you can snack on that these limitations don’t have to feel like a burden to you!
Rhoads Orthodontic Specialist is committed to helping you have the best orthodontic experience possible, and that includes cheering you on through some of the harder parts of wearing braces. Between backyard BBQs, pool parties, and sleepovers with friends, summer is full of tempting treats. We don’t want you to feel left out, so take a look at some of our favorite braces-friendly treats below! These simple, healthy sweets are orthodontist-approved and a great way to help you beat the heat.
1 fresh pineapple, peeled and cored
½ cup canned coconut milk (more may be added if needed)
1-3 tablespoons of honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar (adjust to taste)
Peel, core, and cut one fresh ripe pineapple into chunks. Spread the chunks on a lined baking sheet and freeze for at least 24 hours.
Place the frozen pineapple chunks into a food processor with the ½ cup of coconut milk. Process until the mixture is creamy, adding more milk if needed to achieve a smooth consistency.
Taste the mixture and add the preferred sweetener to your liking, then process once more to incorporate the sweetener. Serve immediately with a dollop of whipped cream or Cool Whip for and extra dose of deliciousness!
Strawberry Peach Sorbet
1 medium peach, sliced then frozen
1/2 cup strawberries, whole, frozen
1/4 cup full-fat plain Greek yogurt
Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.
From-Scratch Fruit Popsicles
2-3 kiwis, peeled and sliced
1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
2-3 tangerines, peeled and sliced
1 pint fresh blueberries
1 container coconut water
Cut your fruit into bite-size pieces, then add it to the popsicle mold. Be careful not to overfill. You don’t want the fruit to be packed in too tightly, so try to leave some spaces.
Cover the fruit with coconut water until it reaches the top of each popsicle mold. Insert the popsicle sticks into the center of the mold. Freeze the molds overnight, or until the popsicles are solid. Once frozen, remove from the mold by running the plastic under warm water until they slide out easily. Serve with a smile!
Fruit & Cheese Kabobs
Grab any fresh fruit you like! Pineapple, watermelon, cantaloupe, and grapes are classics. If you or your kids are berry lovers, try blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries. Cut your favorite cheese into small cubes. Cheddar, mozzarella, and monterey jack are great choices for this recipe.
Alternate fruit and cheese from top to bottom of wooden skewers. Easy to make and even easier to enjoy!
Peach Frozen Yogurt
1 16 oz bag of frozen peaches
1 cup full-fat vanilla Greek yogurt
Juice from 1/2 of a small lemon
2-3 tablespoons honey
Add all the ingredients to a blender or food processor. Blend until you achieve a smooth and creamy consistency. For the consistency of soft serve ice cream, serve immediately. If you prefer a more scoopable texture, you can chill it in an 8×8 pan in the freezer until it reaches the consistency you desire.
Chocolate & Peanut Butter Banana “Nice” Cream
2 very ripe bananas, peeled and frozen
1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
Cut the bananas into chunks and put them in a food processor or heavy duty blender, and blend until smooth. Try to use very ripe bananas for this recipe. The more a banana is, the sweeter its natural flavor will be! Add your peanut butter and cocoa powder, then blend again until smooth.
Berry Delicious Watermelon Fruit Salad
4 cups watermelon, cubed
1 pint strawberries, sliced
1 pint blueberries
1 pint raspberries
1 pint cherries, pitted and halved
1/2 pint blackberries
squeeze of fresh lime juice
Cut all the fruit into bite-sized pieces. Add to a large mixing bowl, and gently toss. Top with a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Chill before serving.
Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie
1½ cups frozen strawberries
1½ cups good quality lemonade
½ cup vanilla or strawberry yogurt
Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth, scraping the sides of the blender as necessary. Serve immediately, or freeze for later.
Warning: this next recipe isn’t necessarily healthy. Okay, it’s not even a little bit healthy. But we all deserve a little splurge every now and then, right? And who can resist a sweet summertime slurpee? Not us!
1 package of unsweetened Kool-Aid drink mix in your favorite flavor
2 cups cold water
1/2 – 3/4 cup sugar
4 cups of ice
Blend together all ingredients, adding more ice if your mix needs to be a bit thicker. Serve immediately.
Happy summer from Rhoads Orthodontic Specialist!
Even when it’s hot outside, we can forget to pause for regular water breaks throughout the day. Staying hydrated is always important, and all the more so when the temperatures start to rise. To help you maintain your energy levels and stay focused on having fun, remember to pay attention to how much water you’re drinking throughout the day, aiming for about eight cups. Drinking water also helps to strengthen your teeth, flush away food debris, and freshen your mouth!
School may be out for the summer, but we haven’t gone anywhere. We’re still here in the office, ready to help you out with any questions or concerns you might have. Dr. Rhoades and the rest of our team are committed to providing you with everything you need for the best orthodontic experience, even if it’s just a little encouragement every now and then. Stay cool and keep smiling this summer by contacting Rhoads Orthodontic Specialist for all your orthodontic needs!