4 Braces Friendly Recipes Everyone Will Love

Braces require extra special care, and the avoidance of certain foods. If you decide to go for those sticky caramel chews regardless of your orthodontist warning, you may likely find your braces broken and your treatment delayed. Plus, you will have to make another appointment with your orthodontist in order to have any broken brackets or wires replaced. The best way to get in and out of your braces quickly is to comply with all of the rules, including eating foods that are braces friendly.

There are a number of foods you should avoid while wearing braces, such as chewy candies, or hard breads, but there are plenty more foods you can still thoroughly enjoy. Here are 4 great recipes you can prepare during orthodontics treatments.

1. Smoothies

Smoothies are packed with vital nutrients, such as fruits, vegetables, protein and more, and can be easily made in the comfort of your home. Fruits and vegies are very healthy, but many remain off limits while you are wearing braces. Smoothies allow you to enjoy these foods and their benefits without risking the integrity of your braces. The other great thing about smoothies is the variety they come in; switch it up on the daily to avoid getting bored.

Smoothies are super easy to make, all you need is a blender and a few basic ingredients, such as:

1 banana

½ cup of berries (fresh or frozen)

1 cup pineapple, orange, or whatever juice you prefer

Switch up the fruits, or add more ingredients like Coconut water to boost taste and health benefits even more.

2. Nutella Fudgesicles

Want something to take the edge off your sweet tooth? This recipe is friendly for braces and tastes so good you will likely continue to make it long after your braces are removed.

Ingredients:

1 Cup Nutella

6 bananas

Cinnamon or cocoa powder (optional)

Cooking Instructions:

All that you have to do is toss these basic ingredients into the blender for about 30 seconds, or until consistency is smooth. Transfer the liquid into a freezer safe container and store in the freezer. Eat when frozen for an amazingly delicious treat!

3. Quinoa Tangy Salad

While pasta is an approved meal with braces, it can still get messy depending on orthodontic appliances. Quinoa makes a healthier alternative that does not interfere with braces due to its small size. There are many different ways you can prepare quinoa, including making a tangy salad for lunch, dinner, or an afternoon snack.

Ingredients:

½ cup quinoa

1-cup water

1 onion

1 red pepper

¼ of a cucumber diced

½ cup orange juice

1 tsp. limejuice

1 tbsp. balsamic syrup

Cooking Instructions:

-Boil quinoa in water for 15 minutes, let cool

-Prepare vegetables and then mix with cooled quinoa

-Combine the juices and a pinch of salt

-Mix together the juice and quinoa mix

4. Mashed Potatoes

When your mouth is sore but your belly is hungry, potatoes are an incredibly soft food to enjoy. Potatoes can be mashed or made au gratin; either way potatoes offer a delectable treat that doesn’t require much tooth power to chew.

Mashed potatoes are easy to prepare, simply boil potatoes until they are soft enough to mash with a spoon or a food processor of some kind. You can add butter, sour crème, or milk to the mixture to make it nice and smooth. Incorporate a potato bar that displays the best potato toppings such as cheese, chives, onions and more.

Other great foods to enjoy while wearing braces:

-Carrot Ribbons

Since raw carrots are off limits with braces, you can use a potato peeler to slice them into thin ribbons for a healthy, safe snack. Dip in ranch dressing for even more yum.

-Pumpkin Pie

Just in time for the holidays!

-Soup

Pick soups with caution, not all soups contain braces friendly ingredients, but the ones that do make a great meal that is easy to eat even for the most sensitive mouth.