At Meadows Dental Care, our mission is to help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime – and that means more than just cleaning your teeth twice a year! We also want to help you navigate life in a way that’s healthy for your teeth, and that’s particularly important during the holidays. The sweets, foods, and desserts we love to enjoy this time of year can be dangerous for teeth, so to help you enjoy the season without harming your teeth, here are a few holiday recipes you can enjoy without worrying about dental health.
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
We all love mashed potatoes, and this recipe puts a colorful spin on a holiday favorite – and it’s tooth friendly!
- 6 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 1/2 cup butter
- 3/4 cup milk
- 3/4 cup maple syrup
First, bring a large pot of salted water up to a rolling boil. Once there, throw in the potatoes and cook them for 20 to 30 minutes, or until they’re tender. Drain the potatoes and throw them into a mixing bowl, then using an electric mixer to mash everything together, slowly add in the milk until you get the right consistency. Once there, add the butter and maple syrup to taste, serve, and enjoy!
No-Bake Baked Apples
While apple pie may be as American as it gets, it’s also a nightmare for teeth – but this easy baked apples recipe provides a gooey, delicious alternative that won’t eat away at teeth.
- 1 large apple
- 1 teaspoon water
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon cornstarch
This one couldn’t be any easier. Just cut your apple into slices, throw all ingredients into a microwave-safe dish, and cover to form a tight seal. Microwave for 2 minutes, serve, and enjoy!
Peach Frozen Yogurt
Ice cream is another holiday favorite that poses a danger to teeth, but with this peach frozen yogurt recipe, you can create a delicious, tooth friendly alternative in no time!
- 16 oz bag of frozen peaches
- 1 qt of plain Greek yogurt
- 2 to 3 tbsp of honey
- Juice of 1/2 a small lemon
This one is easy enough to make between dinner and dessert. Just throw everything into a blender or food processor, blend until smooth and creamy, and dig in!
Contact Your Palatine, IL Family Dentist
We hope these recipes help you make the holidays delicious and a little more tooth-friendly, and if you have any more questions on keeping your teeth happy and healthy during the holiday season, we’re always here to help. Feel free to call us at 847.397.1111 or reach out to us at our contact page with any questions, or if you’d like to come in for a cleaning or other appointment, just use our easy online form to request one at our Palatine, IL office. We can’t wait to hear from you, and we wish you and your family a happy, tooth friendly holiday season!