Posted in 2009. We have all heard “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Well, I think this is especially true with your dentist. As a dentist, I hope children only have to go in for regular check-ups or sealants and not for cavities! Snacks are a major part of our children’s lives to keep their bodies and minds fueled. During this entire month, your child will probably have several holiday parties to attend with friends and family, at school, at church, and in their stockings on Christmas Day! I know my children will have some of these holiday treats but it is important to make sure they brush their teeth and try to make healthier snack choices. They don’t need to fill the entire month eating candy! Try to keep some healthy choices on hand. These snacks are actually better for me as well!
Here are some options:
1. Peanut Butter Apple – Core out an apple and fill with peanut butter. Children love biting into the apple when they see the delicious brown peanut butter.
2. Edamame – My son loves it. Lighty salt them….the perfect balance of protein and carbohydrate. These are easy to freeze and thaw out as needed. 100% natural!!!
3. Ants On A Log – An old favorite
-Celery sticks filled with peanut butter, cream cheese or hummus and topped with any of the following-raisins, apple dices, seeds, nuts, banana dices, etc. These are great snacks for Toddlers! Many toddlers will just eat the “filling” and the raisins, which is just fine! Ensure what you add is appropriate for your Toddler. My children actually enjoy helping me make them and they seem to enjoy eating them because they were part of the preparation!
4. Applesauce Graham Crackers
*Mix cinnamon, wheat germ and raisins into the applesauce. Spread over the graham crackers. Use any type of fruit purée you wish! If you use low salt saltines, low-salt Ritz, pita bread slices, or plain rice cakes as your cracker base, it is just as good!!
If you have any additional healthy recipes to share, please write in and share them with us!
Dr. Helen Bloom Smith
President, Dr. Bloom Inc.