Now that the weather has warmed up, you may be spending more time in the great outdoors, exploring with your family! While out and about, though, do you ever find yourself reaching for snacks and meals that you know can’t be all that healthy, either for your bodies or your smiles. If so, don’t fret. There are plenty of healthy summer snack ideas, ones that are as refreshing as they are healthy for smiles!
Go to Fresh Veggies and Fruits
Fresh produce is always a healthy choice for cooking meals and snacks. That said, summer is a particularly great time to reach for fruits and vegetables, since so many are in season. Seasonal produce is at its peak flavor and also nutrient-value.
Cantaloupe, watermelon, pineapple and many berries are freshest in summer. So are peaches, nectarines and apricots. Many of these fruits make great, refreshing snacks for picnics or time by the pool. They also taste wonderful when grilled.
Squash, beets, corn, cucumber, and eggplant are just a few of the vegetables in season over the hot summer months. They make great inspiration for healthy seasonal meals. Pair them with lean proteins and healthy fats, to create well-rounded meals that will keep you full, and provide you with many nutrients!
Enjoy Cold not Frozen Treats
When really trying to cool down, you may be tempted to reach for frozen treats. Just keep in mind that anything too hard, including ice, can be damaging to teeth. It’s better to choose soft options, and those with little sugar, since sugar can contribute to cavity development. Consider refrigerated fruit slices, in lieu of sugar popsicles, or cold, not frozen yogurt mixed with fresh fruit, instead of ice cream.
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Preventive dentistry helps to keep teeth free from tartar, and smiles healthy in general. Call Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, today, at 847-234-0517 to schedule a checkup and cleaning, today.