Braces-Friendly Holiday Recipes

Braces-Friendly Holiday Recipes
Posted on 11/13/2015

The holidays are closing in fast, and we know that means many of our patients are looking forward to time spent relaxing, reconnecting with family and friends, and, of course, enjoying delicious food! But for patients with braces, some holiday treats, such as sugary pie crusts, sticky taffy, and hard candies, have the potential to damage and break your wires and brackets. For this blog, we will detail three of our favorite easy, braces-friendly recipes to help you enjoy the holiday season!

Crockpot Mashed Potatoes

To start, you will need 5 pounds of russet potatoes, 1½ cups of chicken broth, and ¼ cup of butter. Peel your potatoes and slice them into cubes about an inch to a side, then throw everything into your crock-pot. Set it to high and let it cook for 4½ hours. Roughly mash the potatoes and add as many ingredients as you like to taste. We recommend things like minced garlic, salt, fresh ground black pepper, sour cream, warm milk, and even some light cream cheese. It is the perfect accompaniment to a holiday meal!

Peaches & Cream

It is a simple classic, but it is one of our favorite holiday desserts. You will need two small donut peaches, about 3 tablespoons of heavy cream or half and half, and some ground cinnamon or nutmeg to garnish. Making it could not be easier! Just slice your peaches and arrange them in a bowl, pour on the cream, garnish with cinnamon, and you have the perfect holiday dessert!

Soft Honey Roasted Carrots

Many people wearing braces complain about not being able to eat carrots. These sweet, oven-roasted carrots are super easy to make and go great with turkey and mashed potatoes! You will need 8 carrots, peeled, 3 tablespoons olive oil, ¼ cup honey, salt, and pepper. Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Place the whole carrots in a baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil and mix until the carrots are completely covered. Pour on the honey and then season to taste with salt and pepper, mixing until evenly coated. Bake in preheated oven until tender or for about 35 to 40 minutes.

Contact Your Local Oakland, Wayne, Franklin Lakes, & Wyckoff Orthodontist

Although these recipes are perfectly fine to eat with or without braces, it is still important to brush your teeth every time after you eat and be watchful about other foods during the holidays. If you have more questions about taking proper care of your braces during the holidays or want to come in and see us, we are always here to help. Feel free to call us at (201) 337-3701, reach out to us at our contact page, or use our easy online form to schedule an appointment at our Oakland, NJ office. We are excited to hear from you, and we look forward to seeing your smile in our office this holiday season!