Healthy Alternatives to Christmas Treats
The holiday season is a time for holiday cheer, friends, family, giving, and…cavities? Unfortunately copious amounts of sweets are eaten during this time of year, leading to some dental health problems. Get through this holiday season by finding the healthy alternatives to Christmas treats, as well as following these simple tips. These will help keep your teeth healthier during this time of year.
You don’t have to completely cut sweets out of your diet for the holiday season. As with many things in life, moderation is key. Make sure you know when to stop. Allow yourself a few treats over the holidays, but don’t overindulge. Instead of taking both a cookie and a brownie at your next holiday party consider taking one or the other, or even cutting off a small piece of each. You can still enjoy your normal holiday treats without doing damage to your teeth.
Avoid the Worst
As with many things in life, when it comes to holiday sweets there are some that are bad, others that are worse, and some that are the worst. Avoid the foods that are the worst for your teeth, including sticky caramels. These holiday traditions should be avoided at all costs. Instead choose healthier alternatives, ones that will not stick directly to your teeth.
Keep Track of What You Eat
Keeping track of what you eat becomes even more important during the holiday season. Start keeping track today, especially monitoring your sweets intake. You may be surprised to realize just how many calories you are taking in throughout the course of the day. A little bit here and a little bit there adds up over time. Always try to choose the healthy alternatives over the sugary sticky ones.
Alter the Recipe
You can recreate your favorite holiday treats without overdoing it. Check out some of these great alternatives we’ve found:
- This recipe puts a new spin on a classic cookie, making instead a whole-wheat sugar cookie.
- Do you have a love for sugar cookies? These low calorie sugar cookies are still delicious, yet with significantly fewer calories.
- Instead of getting packets, you can flavor your own popcorn. Use oil instead of butter to cut back on the fat. Avoid caramel popcorn as this will be bad for your teeth, instead using cinnamon sugar to flavor.
These healthy alternatives to the traditional holiday sweets can help keep yourself healthy throughout the holiday season. You can still enjoy the foods you love, but be sure to do so in moderation.