Healthy After School Snack Ideas for Patients with Braces

Fruit:

Make it easy to grab and go, cut, chop or slice fresh fruit to prevent loosening any of the braces. Store them in the refrigerator in easily accessible containers; store grapes in a large, open bowl in the fridge; or store in a bowl on the counter.

Baked Tortilla Chips and Salsa:

Consider serving low-fat refried or whole beans in addition to salsa. If you have time, make nachos by adding extras like melted reduced-fat cheese, diced tomatoes, green peppers, onion, low-fat sour cream, and guacamole.

Unsweetened Whole Grain Cereal and Low-Fat Milk:

Top with fresh fruit like blueberries, sliced bananas, or strawberries. Add dried fruit like cranberries.

Reduced-Fat or Light String Cheese:

This is a good source of protein and calcium, and a great accompaniment to any snack. Try serving with fruit, vegetables or whole grain crackers.

Fruit and Yogurt Smoothie:

You have many options, so be creative! Use low-fat vanilla or fruit flavored yogurt or frozen yogurt as the base. Blend in fresh or unsweetened frozen fruit. Throw in ice cubes, if needed, to reach the desired consistency. Remember not to chew on the ice cubes!! If this is too tempting, avoid adding them! You can add a splash of low-fat milk or 100% fruit juice, depending upon the desired flavor and consistency.

ENJOY YOUR AFTER SCHOOL SNACKS AND LET’S BE HEALTHY!!!

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