Everyone likes to have a little snack every now and then, but many of the most popular snacks aren't great for your teeth or gums.
They include a lot of sugar, leading to cavities and other oral health issues. So, what can you do when you want something to snack on in between meals? Reach for one of these much healthier alternatives.
Who doesn't love that great crunch when you bite into a fresh carrot stick? Carrots, along with vegetables such as celery, broccoli, and asparagus, can be really good foods to snack on because they're nutritious and don't cause damage to your teeth. You can even put them together in a small salad if you like. Another option is to add peanut butter to celery.
Nuts are another good snack, although you may need to make certain you're eating unsalted nuts if you're supposed to be watching your sodium intake. Nuts contain a nice amount of protein, plus they're sugar-free.
Cheese, whether it's sliced, in cubes, or in sticks, is a tasty little snack you can have with pretty much anything else or eat on its own. There are so many different types of cheeses out there that you're sure to find one you like. You can even combine different cheeses along with salami and other meats to make a nice, cool lunch for those hot summer days when you don't want a heavy meal and certainly don't want to cook.
Popcorn without butter is actually a pretty good snack that isn't too bad, nutrition-wise. Just be careful that you don't eat it when you know you have cavities or have had oral surgery recently. You don't want to get kernels stuck in any of your teeth! If at all possible, choose air-popped popcorn that has nothing extra added to it.
Want to learn more about healthy snacks? We'd love to discuss snacking with you the next time you visit our office.