Quick pumpkin pudding

by MikeMeehan 11/21/2018 9:13 AM

Pumpkin is a staple of the season and a super good source of vitamin A for gum health and enamel strength. To avoid the sugar and starch often found in pumpkin pie, try this festive sugar-free recipe for pumpkin pudding.  Ingredients: 1 package (5.1 ounces) of sugar-free vanilla instant pudding and pie filling mix 12 ounces evaporated low-fat 2% milk 1 can (15 ounces) of 100% pure pumpkin 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice Directions: Beat pudding mix and evaporated milk in a large bowl according to package directions. Refrigerate mixture for 5 minutes. Add pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice and mix well. Spoon into dessert dishes. Refrigerate for 10 minutes or until ready to serve. For a little extra goodness, top with sugar-free whipped cream. Enjoy!

A full Thanksgiving menu of mouth-friendly nutrients

by MikeMeehan 11/14/2018 1:54 PM

Nutritious foods show up in abundance during November’s festivities. If you’re searching for nutrients that’ll help your smile, learn where they might be hiding in your Thanksgiving meal.  Main dishesTurkey is rich in protein, which means it contains high amounts of phosphorus. Phosphorus is important for strengthening bones and teeth as well as mineralizing them to protect against cavities. Just make sure to keep floss handy in case turkey gets stuck between your teeth. If you opt for ham, your mouth will still be happy. Eating just three ounces of ham provides 15 percent of your recommended daily zinc, helping replenish tissue along the gum line. Watch out for the sticky, sugary residue glazed ham can leave behind. If you do eat ham with a sugar glaze, brush your teeth or drink water afterward. Side dishesThe green beans in green bean casserole are a great source of vitamins A, C and K. Vitamins A and C are good for gum health, while vitamin K helps protect against substances that break down bones. Avoid cavities by ditching the starchy fried onions on top and choosing a recipe with toasted almonds instead. Yams contain vitamins A and C, too. Unfortunately, if they’re prepared in a sweet, sticky sauce, they leave cavity-causing sugars in your mouth. After enjoying candied yams, drink water to wash it away.  DessertsThere’s nothing like a freshly-made pumpkin pie, and you might be surprised to learn that this pie variety isn’t all bad for oral health. While pie typically has high amounts of sugar, the pumpkin in this one provides a healthy dose of vitamin A to help strengthen enamel and encourage gum health. Plus, pumpkin pie doesn’t require added sugars and can be made with spices because pumpkin already contains a naturally sweet flavor.  Be careful about the crust, though, as it often contains starches that contribute to tooth decay. To keep your pumpkin pie mouth-friendly, make a nut crumble crust and replace white flour with nut flour. Or, for a sugar-free pumpkin pie alternative, try our pumpkin pudding recipe.   Drink plenty of water throughout the meal to help wash away any residue that gets stuck on your teeth. And after a day of enjoying Thanksgiving food, be sure to clean your mouth thoroughly by flossing and brushing with fluoride toothpaste. 

Sweet potato chips recipe for an after-school snack

by MikeMeehan 8/22/2018 9:51 AM

Treat your kids to a delicious and healthy after-school snack on their first week back from summer break. These sweet potato chips are a great way to replace starchy, salty chips with something that tastes just as great and helps maintain gum health with a boost of vitamins A and C. Ingredients: 1 large sweet potato, peeled 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil ¼ teaspoon salt Directions:Preheat oven to 225 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Slice the sweet potato into thin, uniform chips. (If you’re using a mandolin slicer with 3 thickness settings, choose the second setting.) Place the potato slices on the baking sheets in a single layer and lightly brush them with oil. Season evenly with salt. Bake for 60 to 90 minutes until the chips are crispy. Flip chips to the other side after 30 minutes. Allow the chips to cool for 5 minutes before serving. Store leftovers in an airtight container.    

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