Spring is upon us, which means you will more than likely be venturing outdoors with your family. Every parent knows that having an arsenal of snacks may be required to keep the kids happy while out and about. It may be easy to pack granola bars or fruit snacks in the bag, but these are not the types of foods kids should be eating to take care of their teeth. To help you choose healthy alternatives, here is a list of teeth friendly snacks that you can pack up in your bag to take with you. Bringing health snacks with you on the go isn’t hard; you just have to know what are are teeth-friendly choices to pack ahead of time.
Teeth-Friendly Snacks For Kids On The Go
Low Acid Fruits
Fruits such as apples, pears and strawberries are great for teeth because stimulate the salivary glands to wash away the natural acids contained in the fruits. Kids are always craving sweets; so fresh fruits are easy ways to feed their cravings without having processed sugars sticking to their teeth. They are also easy to bring with you, since you can just put them in a sandwich bag or mini cooler and have them ready whenever your kids get hungry.
Cheese Sticks or Cubes
Cheese is high in calcium and other vitamins that help strengthen teeth and help stimulate the growth of bacteria that fight off acid erosion. This healthy snack is also high in protein and other nutrients that are great for your children. It can come in many forms such as individually wrapped sticks, or cubed cheese that can be packed in a baggie. It’s an easy and yummy snack to grab on the go.
Whole Wheat Crackers
Something to possibly pair with cheese would be whole grain crackers. This healthy snack is high in fiber and gives your kids something crunchy to snack on. This option would be a healthy alternative to chips or other salty snacks that are high in fat and sodium. They are also often sold in 100 calorie packs that make packing the perfect serving that much easier.
Veggies are a good source of nutrients for you kids, and also contain little to no sugar. Packing a healthy array of veggies, such as celery, carrot sticks or pea pods, can give you kids plenty of healthy options to consume while they’re playing.
This article was written by Audrey Welch who works with Bassett Creek Dental a Minneapolis Dental Clinic.