Braces-Friendly Recipes for the Hoildays

The holidays are here, and we know many of our patients are getting ready for some well-deserved rest and relaxation with friends and family. But while the holidays are a wonderful time to decompress, many of the foods we love to enjoy this time of year – the sugary pies, sticky taffies, and hard candy canes – pose a serious threat to braces. That’s why for this blog, we want to give you some of our favorite braces-friendly holiday recipes so you can enjoy some seasonal cuisine without fear of harming your braces!

Broccoli Cheese Soup

This creamy, delicious soup is perfect for staving off winter’s chill. To start, you’ll need:

•    1 3/4 cups chicken stock
•    1 onion, diced
•    1/3 cup flour
•    2 cups milk
•    1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
•    1/2 cup Swiss cheese, shredded
•    3 cups steamed broccoli, steamed
•    1/4 cup butter
•    1/2 tsp Salt & pepper

To begin, throw the onions and the stock into a small saucepan and bring it to a simmer, letting it cook for 15-20 minutes. While that’s going, heat the milk in the microwave for 1 minute. Melt the butter in a medium stockpot, then add the flour, salt, and pepper. Stir for 2 minutes, then whisk in the warm milk. Keep stirring over medium heat for about 7 minutes until it starts to thicken, then add in the chicken stock and continue stirring until it’s blended. Finally, stir in the steamed broccoli and cheese, add a bit more salt and pepper to your liking, and serve!

Green Bean Casserole

Casserole is a holiday classic, but did you know its soft texture is also great for braces? Here’s what you’ll need:

•    3 cans of French style green beans
•    2 tbsp flour
•    1 cup sour cream
•    2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
•    1/4 cup crackers, crumbled
•    3 tbsp butter
•    1 tsp sugar, salt, & pepper

First, preheat your oven to 350ºF, then melt 2 tbsp of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Once melted, stir in the flour and mix until it’s smooth, then cook for one more minute. Next stir in the salt, pepper, sugar, onion, and sour cream, and lastly add the green beans. Transfer the whole thing into a casserole dish, then spread your cheese over the top. Using a small bowl, mix together your crackers and 1 tbsp of butter and sprinkle the mixture on top of the cheese. Bake your casserole for 30 minutes, then serve alongside your favorite holiday entrees!

Contact Your Tucson Orthodontist!

Have more questions about keeping your braces safe during the holidays? We’re here to help! Feel free to reach out to us at our contact page or use our easy online form to schedule an appointment at our Tucson office. We can’t wait to hear from you, and we hope to see you back at this blog for more tips and info on keeping your teeth healthy and strong.