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.    

Sweet potato burger recipe for summer shindigs

by MikeMeehan 6/28/2018 2:41 PM

Sweet potato burgers Your party food might be a hit with friends, but make sure it isn’t a blow to their oral health. Keep your summer shindigs mouth-friendly with this recipe for sweet potato burgers. Sweet potatoes aren’t just tasty; they also contain nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin E and potassium that are good for oral health. Ingredients:1 medium sweet potato with skin removed, cubed1 16-ounce can chickpeas, drained½ small onion, chopped2 garlic cloves, choppedJuice from ½ lime1 teaspoon paprika½ teaspoon chili powder1 teaspoon basil1 teaspoon oregano½ teaspoon salt½ teaspoon pepper Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Fill a pot with enough water to cover the sweet potato and bring to a boil. Add sweet potato and boil for 8-10 minutes or until soft. Remove from heat and drain water. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until well-combined. Use a spoon to scoop out 1/5 of the mixture and form it into a patty with your hands. Place on a baking tray covered with parchment paper. Repeat process for the remaining mixture. Place baking tray with 5 patties into the oven and bake for 30-50 minutes or until slightly golden brown and firm. Enjoy with your favorite toppings!  

The Oral Health Benefits of Pumpkin… A Reason to Join the Pumpkin Craze

by MikeMeehan 10/26/2017 2:59 PM

While it may seem like the pumpkin theme is everywhere right now – pumpkin spice, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin picking – we’ve got some oral health benefits of pumpkin. A new twist on the pumpkin craze! Maybe you already knew there are great health benefits of pumpkin. I didn’t! And I’m even more thrilled to share the benefits pumpkin can have on your teeth and gums, two things near and dear to our hearts here at Delta Dental. So whether you’re a fan of all the pumpkin-ness going around this season, or if you’re just looking for a practical reason to love this orange squash, read on to learn about its abundance of vitamins and minerals. Nutritious pumpkin Adding pumpkin to your menu this season and year-round can have great results on your smile. Pumpkin is filled with mouth-friendly nutrients like iron, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin C and zinc. This Halloween season, let’s make pumpkin lead the way for a delicious and healthy choice instead of all the cavity-causing sweets and candy. Here’s what pumpkin’s got: Iron keeps your gums healthy by replenishing the lining of them. Iron is found in pumpkin seeds. Magnesium is also found in pumpkin seeds. It works with calcium to help strengthen bones and teeth. Grab a handful of pumpkin seeds (or 1 oz.) and you’ve got 35 percent of your daily requirement. Vitamin A – All you need is 1 cup of pumpkin to get over 200 percent of the vitamin A you need daily. That’s a powerful cup! Vitamin A is a maintainer of healthy gums, keeping the mucous membranes in your mouth healthy. Zinc is another nutrient from pumpkin that keeps your gums healthy by replenishing the lining, especially in the areas next to your teeth. Vitamin C is a nutrient that helps fight infection (like gum disease), and it also can reduce inflammation in your gums. Pumpkins have a ton of this vitamin, just one cup is 20 percent of your daily requirement. Roast up those pumpkin seeds and find some healthy recipes (like a pumpkin smoothie) to indulge in pumpkin this season. What better reason to go pumpkin crazy than taking care of your overall health and the health of your smile.

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