Did you commit to eating healthier foods this year? If you answered ‘yes,’ then one of the first things you should do is to consume real foods, not fake ones. However, just because you made the leap to eat healthier foods doesn’t mean that you can just as easily control your cravings.
Cravings are but natural, however, they may drive you to consume unhealthy foods that are rich in fat, carbohydrates, and sugars. And by choosing these, you may put your oral health at risk!
We have great news: you can still eat clean and indulge at the same time! From salty chips to chocolate urges, here are some healthy food alternatives that will help protect your oral health and outsmart your cravings.
- Munch on cashews, almonds, and peanuts. They are rich in calcium which will contribute to the health of your teeth and gums.
- Sunflower and pumpkin seeds are also great alternatives for the traditional potato chips or French fries.
- Mix yogurt and fresh fruit and make a smoothie or a fruit parfait.
- Enjoy a nutritious bowl of fresh fruit, such as apple slices or berries.
- Grab a piece of plain dark chocolate. It won’t stick to your teeth and melts quickly, unlike hard candies, caramel, or gummies.
- Instead of reaching for the bag of chips, bake a lower-calorie, lower-fat sweet potato, apple, or kale chips.
- Pair beef hummus with celery sticks or carrot. Munching on veggies and fruits are great alternatives that will satisfy your savory taste cravings.
- Instead of eating rice or white bread, choose whole grains over refined ones. This way, you get more fiber and still enjoy that zesty flavor! You can make the family favorite mac and cheese out of whole grain pasta. Remember, dairy products, such as cheese, are rich in minerals, calcium, and phosphorous that help promote healthy teeth.
- Treat yourself to a serving of pinto, kidney, lima, or black beans. This great-tasting side dish is laden with fiber and protein and will help keep you feeling full longer compared to other carbohydrates.
Stock your pantry with these healthy food alternatives so you’ll be able to set yourself up to make better food choices once cravings hit. Make it easy for yourself and your family to grab healthy foods. This way, you’ll stay healthy and protect your smile!