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We all want to eat healthy, but when life gets busy, sometimes it’s just more convenient to opt for the easiest and quickest snack. By having healthy snacks on hand, though, the easiest and quickest snack can be something that is also healthy and nourishing for your dental health and whole body. Here are some simple ideas for healthy summer snacks to stock your fridge with this summer.
Fruit or Veggie Kabobs
Fruit and veggie kabobs are easy and fun healthy summer snacks, whether you choose to go sweet and cool with fruit or savory on the grill with veggies. Assembling them is also a great chance to get creative with your family if you place all the ingredients in bowls and let each family member choose their favorite combinations to make every kebob a unique and colorful experience.
Hummus, cheese or tzatziki dips can all be healthy summer snacks thanks to the nutrients they contain. Pair them with fresh fruit and veggies like apple, cucumber, celery or tomatoes for a crunchy snack that can help you fight plaque.
Did you know that popcorn can be a good-for-you snack? Most people think of the heavily-buttered popcorn sold in movie theaters or extra sweet caramel corn sold at county fairs, but there are countless healthy options for toppings that can take it to the next level without negatively impacting your dental health or waistline. Try looking up recipes for pumpkin spice, dark chocolate, apple-cinnamon flavored popcorn or come up with your own unique flavor combo to experiment with!
Pizza can be healthy too! Fruit pizza, that is. For a great kid-friendly colorful and delicious snack after running in the sprinklers or playing at the pool, lay out slices of watermelon on a platter topped with fresh whipped cream and strawberries, blueberries and kiwi. It also makes for an impressive party snack!
Smoothies are awesome healthy summer snacks either for breakfast or midday for a post-yoga or workout recovery snack that can be loaded with hidden nutrients and proteins. They are a great way to sneak in greens and extra vitamins for your family and yourself!
Store-bought popsicles are a favorite summer treat, but they can be high in sugar, artificial dyes and other unhealthy ingredients. Homemade popsicles on the other hand can be filled with whatever healthy and delicious ingredients you can think up! Try yogurt smoothie pops for extra calcium, green pops to add nutrients from kale or spinach to your diet in a sweet and tasty format, or simply blend some whole fruits together, pour and freeze! The possibilities are endless!
Yogurt and Frozen Yogurt
Yogurt, both regular and frozen, is loaded with calcium and other minerals and vitamins that are good for your teeth, bones and whole body. Top it with fruit to make it extra filling and delicious! Opting for sugar-free options can also make it an even healthier choice for your teeth.
When looking for healthy summer snacks, look for options that are low in sugar, high in vitamins and minerals like vitamin D and calcium and loaded with fresh fruits and veggies to help keep your teeth, bones and whole body healthy and strong.
Call our El Paso Dental Office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.