Sugar free, dairy free, gluten free, fat free, raw … the list goes on. As a Dental Hygienist I’m guilty of telling my patients what they shouldn’t be eating all the time, but what are we supposed to eat? Here are some tooth-friendly snack ideas for children (and big kids) to keep everyone happy.
Mini pizzas are the best thing ever for hiding nutrients in. We make ours using an English muffin as the base. These little gems have 1.5 grams of sugar in them per muffin. The only thing to watch out for is the sauce. If you can find one low in sugar, that will make your Dentist much happier. I sneak in a little Worcestershire sauce for 0.8 grams of sugar per serve.
Greek Yogurt and Fruit
Yogurt is one of those things that no one is really sure if it’s healthy or not. The answer is both yes and no. Greek yogurt is the safest bet, then you can control how much sugar you add in the form of fruit. Many of the low fat yogurts available at the supermarket are doused in added sugar, especially those designed for kids.
In moderation, fruit cones make the list. Obviously fruit is high in natural sugar, but packed full of nutrients. I usually tell my patients two to three servings per day is about the sweet spot for teeth. The cones do have sugar so it’s up to you if you eat them or not, but don’t they look pretty?!
Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet potato fries, (or kumara chips if you’re from ‘the land of the long white cloud’) my favourite! I like mine with sour cream and sweet chilli sauce, but they’re good on their own too. Just remember when adding sauces that our friend sugar ranks pretty high on the ingredient list.
“Really?” you say, “she’s gone retro”. Maybe I have, but the good old crumpet has only 1 gram of sugar per serve. Again, you can control what goes on top of it. Boston has ‘no added sugar’ peanut butter most of the time.