Braces-Friendly Recipes to Enjoy This Thanksgiving

Braces-Friendly Recipes to Enjoy This Thanksgiving
Posted on 11/21/2016

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and we know that means many of our patients are looking forward to some well-deserved R&R, time spent reconnecting with loved ones, and digging into the delicious foods we all love to enjoy during the Thanksgiving feast. For braces, however, Thanksgiving can pose a serious danger. Many of the foods we love to enjoy on Thanksgiving are hard, sticky, or chock-full of sugars, all of which can damage braces and teeth. To help you celebrate this year's Thanksgiving without damaging your braces, we've put together a couple of Thanksgiving recipes that are sure to delight both tastebuds and orthodontics!

Broccoli Cheese Bites

These are eye-catching, delicious, and completely safe for braces – and we'll bet no one at your Thanksgiving table will have seen them before! To start, you'll need:

  • 16 oz. of steamed broccoli
  • 1 1/2 cups of cheddar cheese, grated
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Making them is simple: just combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl until everything is mixed together, then use your hands to form small patties and place them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake in the oven at 375º F for 15 minutes, turn the patties over, and bake for another 10 minutes. Viola! Deliciously cheesy and completely safe for braces.

Balsamic Honey Glazed Carrots

Carrots are usually dangerous for braces, but this Thanksgiving staple can also be made to be perfectly safe for braces wearers. This dish feeds the whole family, and you'll need:

  • 2 lbs baby carrots
  • Olive oil
  • 3 tbsp of honey
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Place the carrots on a baking sheet lined with tinfoil and greased with a bit of olive oil, then add some salt and pepper as you see fit. Bake the carrots at 400º F for 20 minutes, or until the get soft. Take them out, then add the honey, balsamic vinegar, and another 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Mix that together, along with some more salt and pepper, and you've got a delectable side that's great for braces!

Contact Your Omaha, NE Orthodontist

We hope you enjoy these braces-friendly Thanksgiving dishes, but if you still have any questions on how to survive the holiday without your child breaking their brackets, we're always here to help. We strive to be a resource to you throughout your child’s treatment, so we encourage you to call us at 402-330-5913 with any questions. If your child haven't started treatment but you’re interested in pursuing a new smile for them, there's never been a better time. We've helped countless young patients revitalize their appearance and life with a new smile, and we'd love to do the same for your little one: just reach out to us at our contact page to begin discussing their orthodontic situation. Until then, we hope you enjoy these recipes and we wish you a happy braces-friendly Thanksgiving!