The Best Portable Snacks For Your Teeth
Before I started writing about healthy habits, I was okay at picking good things for my kiddo, but not great. A perfect example: I thought raisins were awesome -- and yes, fit the bill of being portable. But you know what? Raisins are one of the worst snacks for your teeth. The sticky factor not only keeps their sugars in between those little teeth, it also traps anything else that comes along.
I know, we can't avoid raisins all of the time, but I have started to choose different snack choices for her with the prime purpose to be good for her chompers. What have I found:
Breakfast snacks -- A baggie of whole grain fiber cereal (non sugary of course) is a great crunchy nibble for not just morning but midday too. Many are fortified with the good stuff teeth need. Also, try making some whole grain toaster waffles and cutting them into little triangles or use a cookie cutter to make "coins."
Apples and bananas -- The crunch of the apples gets the salvia going, which washes away cavity-making acids. And that banana is chock full of potassium, another must-have for strong teeth.
Baby carrots and cherry tomatoes - Carrots are full of Vitamin A and those little red orbs are perfect way to get some lycopene that is essential for healthy gums.
String cheese - An oldie but a goodie. These portable sticks of calcium are easy to whip out and get some yummy chews that help the teeth doing the chewing. So many options are out there now - from cheddar to mozzarella to twists of both, you should be able to find one your kiddo likes.
Do your kids love string cheese? What about raisins? How do you choose snacks on the go?