Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!
Posted on 12/22/2016

Holiday Teeth-Friendly Recipes

Now that we’re in the festive holiday season, it’s that time of the year when there are many delicious foods being served at office parties, family gatherings and get-togethers with friends. Unfortunately, many of the holiday food choices are not especially good for the teeth like sticky and gooey pies and desserts and sugary holiday treats like cookies and candies. Below are a few holiday recipes which are teeth-friendly, meaning they contain ingredients recommended to keep teeth healthy – brought to you by your team here at Family Dentistry of West Bloomfield – where we love helping our patients achieve and maintain optimum dental health!

Easy Nutty Cheese Ball

Both cheese and nuts are good for your teeth because cheese contains strength-building calcium and nuts are loaded with calcium and minerals to help keep teeth strong and healthy.

Ingredients:
16 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 ½ cups cheddar cheese, shredded

1 package ranch dressing mix

1 ½ cups chopped pecans

Directions:
In a bowl, mash the cream cheese. Then mix in the dressing mix and cheddar cheese and shape the mixture into a ball. Roll the ball in the chopped nuts. Place cheese ball in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Serve with whole-grain crackers or sticks of celery and carrots.

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Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

These delicious chocolate-dipped strawberries are a great alternative to sugary desserts and snacks. And since strawberries are good for your teeth, this is a tooth-friendly snack that people of all ages can enjoy!

Ingredients:

I pound fresh strawberries

2 cups dark chocolate, chopped

½ cup white chocolate, optional for drizzling

Directions:
Rinse the strawberries and pat dry. Before dipping, be sure the berries are completely dry so spread them out on a towel and allow them to air-dry. Then fill the bottom of a double broiler or saucepan with 2 inches of water. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Put all the dark chocolate in the top of the double-broiler or a heatproof bowl and set it over the simmering water. Allow the chocolate to melt, stirring now and then. Remove the bowl from the heat.

Then line a baking sheet with baking paper. Dip each strawberry in the chocolate by holding the berry by the top leaves. Swirl the strawberry as needed to completely coat in in chocolate. Then shake gently to remove the excess chocolate. Place each dipped strawberry on the baking sheet and continue until all the berries are dipped. While the berries are drying, melt the white chocolate in the same way you did the dark chocolate. Then put the melted white chocolate in a small ziplock bag. Snip off a corner of the bag and squeeze the bag gently while drizzling the chocolate over the strawberries. Allow to cool and enjoy!

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Cranberry-Orange Relish

Cranberries have been found to contain compounds that may disrupt the formation of plaque on teeth and oranges are loaded with vitamin C, making this delicious recipe good for your teeth. This relish makes a great side dish to serve with turkey, ham or roast beef.

Ingredients:

2 cups fresh cranberries

½ orange, peeled and chopped

2 tablespoons raw agave sweetener or natural sweetener of your choice

½ lemon, juiced

Dash of sea salt

Directions:
Place the cranberries, orange and salt in food processor and pulse until the consistency is chopped. Then add the sweetener and lemon juice and pulse two more times to incorporate. Remove from food processor, place in bowl and serve!

Happy Holidays!

Doctors Ronald Berris and Julie Goldstein, along with their friendly staff, would like to wish all our patients and their families a happy holiday season! Just remember to brush your teeth often during this busy time of the year after you’ve enjoyed eating all those wonderful holiday foods! We’d also like to remind everyone that the holiday season is a great time to schedule a visit with your family dentist, seeing that most of us have time off from work and school!