While the holidays are filled with all types of delicious foods and sweet treats, not all the foods we enjoy during this festive time of the year are particularly healthy for your teeth. That’s why your team here at Dental Associates of Delaware want to share these holiday recipes with you which are all are made with ingredients that are good for your teeth.
Broccoli Cheese Soup
There’s nothing like a hot bowl of homemade soup to take away the winter chill. This tasty broccoli soup is packed vitamins K and C which are good for your oral health. And with the added boost of calcium from the cheese, this soup makes a healthy lunch to enjoy during the holidays.
3 cups (low sodium) chicken or vegetable stock
1 ¾ cups broccoli
1 cup diced yellow onion
2 cloves of garlic
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
¾ cup half-and-half cream
4 ounces cheddar cheese shredded (extra sharp)
Chop up the broccoli, carrots and onion and mince the garlic cloves. Put the stock into a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Then add the broccoli, onion, carrots, salt, pepper and garlic. Reduce heat and cook until broccoli is tender. Remove soup from heat and blend using a hand mixer. Then put the soup back in the saucepan, add the cream and two ounces of the cheese. When serving, top with the remaining cheese and enjoy!
Cheesy Baked Zucchini Rounds
This recipe is full of fiber, calcium and Vitamin C for good tooth health and it’s easy to prepare, making it a great snack to enjoy whenever you want something warm and yummy!
2 large zucchini
1 ½ cups grated Parmesan cheese
¼ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 425. Coat a baking sheet with a thin layer of olive oil. Wash the zucchini then cut it into ¼ inch slices and place on baking sheet. Sprinkle the zucchini slices with salt and pepper then add the parmesan cheese. Bake for about 20 minutes until the cheese turns a nice golden brown. Serve immediately. Tip: These zucchini rounds are great dipped in ranch or garlic dip.
“Caramel” Yogurt Dip
Crispy apples are great for your teeth but sticky candy coatings and sugary dips can do damage to your teeth. This recipe is a great way to get the flavor of caramel without all the added stickiness that clings to the teeth.
¼ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoons agave syrup
¼ cup brown sugar
6 ounces of plain yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
Combine the syrup, sugar and salt in a small saucepan and heat on low until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and stir in the yogurt and vanilla. Allow the dip to cool. Then serve with slices of apples for a great snack that’s good for your teeth!
Happy Holidays From Dental Associates of Delaware!
The team at Dental Associates of Delaware would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season! While we want you to enjoy all the amazing holidays foods you’ll have the opportunity to eat during this festive time of the year, we also want you to care for your dental health. So don’t forget to brush your teeth after eating and try to avoid eating foods that stick and cling to your teeth like caramel, toffee and hard candies.