With your child now wearing braces, they need to do things differently than they used to. One difference is what they can eat and, with the holidays coming up, they may be worried that they can’t enjoy any treats. Have no fear! We’ve got 10 really fun treats that are super easy to enjoy and which will maintain their orthodontic care.
1. Soft Sugar Cookies
Whether you buy them or make them together, soft sugar cookies can be a great holiday treat. They won’t damage braces, and they have just enough sweet and soft goodness to make the acceptable yummy treat list!
2. Hot Cocoa
This is a great treat for any time the temperature drops, and it’s so easy to make. Just put two tablespoons of cocoa powder in a pot with two cups of milk, mix, and bring to a boil. Add honey to sweeten and, instead of a candy cane, add a dash of peppermint extract.
3. Soft Candy
You already know that people with braces have to steer clear of hard and sticky candies—but that doesn’t mean they can’t have other types of candy! Solid chocolate will melt in their mouth, as will soft butter candies.
Pudding is a delicious way to enjoy the holidays. There’s a flavor for everyone, and they come in convenient small packages so that your child can enjoy them in moderation. You can also make your own at home.
Cheesecake is a rich and sweet way to enjoy the holidays. Plain cheesecake without sticky or nutty toppings is best, but you can also remove these toppings before eating.
6. Baked Apple
Did your family orthodontist advise against eating apples when wearing braces? All you have to do is slice them and put them on a buttered baking sheet. Sprinkle with nutmeg, cinnamon, and sugar, then bake for just over an hour.
7. Ice Cream
Ice cream is a great treat for the holidays or any time. Here again, you can make your own or buy it. Banana ice cream is really easy; just freeze bananas, then put them in a blender until smooth. Pop into the freezer for a few hours, and voila! Surprisingly sweet and healthy ice cream.
8. Frozen Fruit Smoothie
Many fruits just get sweeter when they’re frozen, and a smoothie can help your child enjoy even hard fruits while getting a kick of natural sugar. Pineapples, seedless grapes, and mangoes all get deliciously sweet when they’ve been frozen. So, blend away!
Just like cheesecake, fudge is a rich and sweet treat. There are plenty of nut-free varieties you can enjoy with your family while gathered around the Christmas tree.
Popcorn is a great holiday treat, but those kernels can be hard on braces. Potato chips are a great alternative; they give a salty crunch that’s not too hard.