Healthy alternatives over the Christmas period

Christmas is, of course, a time for indulging! But there are always times throughout the Christmas period where we need a welcome break from unhealthy foods. Here are a few healthy and tasty pit-stops that you can enjoy, guilt-free.

Gingerbread

Gingerbread does contain sugar but when compared to other types of confectionary, it comes out as one of the lesser of many evils around Christmas time.

Top tip – swap the chocolate stocking fillers for gingerbread this Christmas as a healthy alternative for the kids!

 

Turkey

Perhaps the healthiest thing about Christmas is the fact that for one day a year, the UK embraces eating one of the leanest meats around – turkey.  Not only is it extremely low in fat, it also contains vitamins like protein, calcium and vitamin D which all help keep your teeth strong.

Top tip – leftover turkey? Why not switch the turkey sandwiches for a turkey and blue cheese salad? Speaking of cheese…

 

Cheese & dairy products

You’ll be pleased to know that cheese and dairy products is a great friend of your teeth! Christmas time is a popular time for cheese after dinner; eating cheese raises the PH level in your mouth neutralising the acid in your mouth. This actually reduces your chances of developing tooth decay, as your tooth enamel is strengthened.

Top tip – want a healthy dessert idea? Instead of Christmas pudding, try layers of Greek yoghurt with honey and nuts – decedent, lower in fat than many other puddings and great for your teeth!

 

Spinach and other leafy greens

Christmas dinner isn’t complete without something green on the plate and seeing as everyone seems to have an aversion to Brussel sprouts, why not trade them in for spinach? This leafy green is full of vitamin B and acts as a kind of natural toothbrush, stimulating the production of saliva and thus washing away unwanted bacteria from your tooth surfaces.

Top tip – combine spinach with lardons for a side salad to accompany your Christmas dinner.

 

If you would like more information about how to look after your teeth and gums this Christmas, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

 

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