Fun Snacking with Braces: Recipes Included!

You have probably heard that when you have braces, you have to change some of your eating habits. There are two reasons for this: First, to avoid unnecessary pain, and second, to protect the brackets and wires from breakage.

Fun-Snacking-BracesIn general, when you have braces, you want to avoid anything that is TOO hard, chewy, sticky, crunchy, or BIG! We know that this can be a difficult transition, just remember that it is only temporary! Before you know it, you will be back to eating your favorite foods!

In the meantime, enjoy these brace-friendly snack and lunch ideas:

  • Sliced Wraps: Spread sour cream, hummus, or salad dressing on a tortilla. Fill with shredded cheese, ground beef or grated vegetables. Roll it up and slice into soft, easily chewed pieces!
  • Grilled Cheese and Avocado Bites: Make a grilled cheese sandwich on seedless bread (with avocado spread on the bread), then slice into small bite-sized pieces or fun shapes for a healthy snack.
  • Couscous Salad: Cook couscous according to package directions, then add cheese or shredded vegetables, cubed tofu and top off with your favorite salad dressing.
  • Soft Fruit Kebabs: Cube semi-soft fruits (peaches, bananas, citrus) into ½” pieces, then stack/skewer them with toothpicks.
  • Smoothies: Start with Yogurt, ice or frozen seedless fruit and blend with a banana and a squirt of honey for a healthy, yummy snack or breakfast!
  • Potato Salad: Combine cooked cubed potatoes with hardboiled eggs, mayonnaise, mustard, onions and a dash of pickle juice and dill for a hearty snack. Leave out anything hard such as celery.

Eating with braces may feel like a challenge, but it can also be a lot of fun!