Healthy Foods for Healthy Smiles!
A healthy school lunch will not only give your child the energy they need throughout their school day, but it will also keep their teeth healthy too! Below are some examples of healthy foods that will keep your kid smiling all day long!
- PB&J’s! While a popular choice, often times sugary jellies and nut butters are not great for kid’s teeth. Try switching to natural peanut butter, and a preserve or fruit jam (aim for 5grams of sugar or less per serving). Use whole wheat bread as a healthy alternative too!
- Cheese Please! Cheese is high in calcium which is probably one of the most important nutrients for your teeth. It is absorbed by tooth enamel and helps block bacteria growth. Without calcium, your kid’s teeth could be in big trouble! Cheese also has protein, which is not only important for the growth and development of children, it also keeps their muscles strong and healthy making for a stronger smile.
- Snack-Attack! Apples are great to munch on, they are high in water which helps to dilute the sugars they contain. When you are chewing, the saliva production helps protect against tooth decay, pairing this with a low sugar nut butter makes an excellent snack! Edamame beans are also a great option, they are rich in calcium and are fun to eat too! Just make sure to get a salt free version to avoid too much sodium.
- We want water! Although it seems simple, water is a MUST. Often times we give our kids way too much juice and not enough water, and studies have shown that juice is just as bad for you as soda! Kids should be drinking 5-10 glasses of water each day, so encourage them to hydrate by sending them to school with a reusable water bottle they can keep filling up.
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