Do you love sports as much as we do? People prepare for the big game in all kinds of ways. You may attend a party, make a dish for a friend’s get-together, or just relax at home with family. Regardless, having some snacks during the game is as essential as having popcorn during a movie!
While watching your favorite team, of course your smile is one of the last things on your mind. Fortunately for sports fans everywhere, there are plenty of snacks that are actually good for your teeth. The following snack ideas are some of the best foods for your teeth on game day, so munch on!
Raw Veggies with Hummus
Whether you make your own hummus or pick up some at the store, this popular dip pairs great with raw vegetables to make a healthy Super Bowl snack. Hummus is made from chickpeas which are a good source of folic acid. Folic acid not only combats gum inflammation, but also makes teeth more resistant to dental plaque.
Raw crunchy vegetables like carrots, celery, peppers, and cucumbers make great additions to your hummus plate. These vegetables also help clean your teeth, as their crunchiness can actually “scrub” plaque away while you’re eating!
Who doesn’t love seven-layer dip? Swapping out sour cream for plain Greek yogurt can provide calcium and probiotics for a brilliant smile. Although the tomatoes in this dish are acidic, the cheese helps to create a more neutral environment. Peppers like jalapeño and citrus fruits such as lime are high in vitamin C, which can help reduce inflammation in the mouth. Eating this dip with vegetables has even more benefits. Borrow some veggies from the hummus tray rather than reaching for chips for a stellar smile!
Meat and Cheese Tray
The classic meat and cheese tray contains a variety of meats and cheeses to be a heartier snack during the game. The cheese is what can really help your smile, as the calcium and protein in these tasty wedges of goodness can strengthen teeth and make them more resistant to decay.
Although crackers aren’t the best choice for teeth, eating cheese and crackers on game day is fine as long as you drink water. Softer crackers can often stick to teeth and encourage bacteria growth, so sip away!
Making a fruit salad for a sports gathering not only provides a healthier dish for people watching their weight, but also gives people with dietary restrictions a safe zone to enjoy nourishing fruits. This easy-to- make dish helps your smile too!
Fruits such as apples can help decrease plaque and promote fresh breath by increasing saliva production. Other fruits like oranges and kiwi are vitamin C powerhouses, which promote excellent gum health. Enjoy a bowl of fruit salad during the game for gum and teeth health.
Sitting back and watching sports is a great way to spend time with family and friends. During this fun time, you can choose snacks that’ll promote excellent oral health. Foods like cheeses (yes, nachos count!), raw vegetables, hummus, and fruit can promote a healthy smile during game time. Happy watching!