While summer brings a lot of fresh foods that aren’t necessarily easy on those wearing braces, and festivals and fairs bring tasty treats that can cause damage to the wires and brackets, there are also some really great options of braces-friendly foods.

safe snacks for braces-friendly foods teensWith all of the focus on what your children can’t eat this time of year, sometimes we lose sight of the fun things they can enjoy. Summer is a great time to introduce your child to fun fresh fruit creations.

Watermelon can be cut into fun shapes and mixed with blueberries and other melons to make a colorful fruit salad. Fresh mint or basil can be added to enhance the flavor as well. Lately, I have seen a lot of sliced watermelon topped with different flavors of sorbet.

Since crisp fruits and vegetables may be off limits, pureeing fruits and veggies to create delicious smoothies can be a great option. AND, not only are you getting their fruits and veggies in, but you can use Greek yogurt or protein powder to increase the nutritional value.

Summer Smoothie Recipesmoothie recipe safe for braces teens

1/2 cup of carrots (cut up)
1/2 cup of orange juice
1 cup pineapple (cut into chunks)
6 ounces of Greek yogurt
1 Tablespoon of honey
1 cup of ice

Add all of the ingredients in the blender and mix until it has reached a smooth consistency. If the smoothie seems too thick, you can always add regular milk, almond milk or coconut milk to it.

This past week at the beach, the girls have enjoyed their share of watermelon and smoothies. I am looking forward to the next month of treatment, as both girls will enter into their one year mark with braces! It is amazing how quickly the months are flying by us.

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