Wearing braces comes with tremendous responsibility in taking care of them. Aside of general oral hygiene, you need to choose brace-friendly foods that will not cause any damage to the brackets. By now, you probably already know these brace-friendly foods fall more towards softer food that’s easy to chew. Let’s take a look at five recipes that are easy to chew and will arouse your taste buds.
When the braces are still new, your inner cheeks may have sore spots. The berry smoothie makes a perfect soothing drink to calm your oral space.
- 1 cup fresh mixed berries
- ½ cup of vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp protein powder
- Ice cubes
- 1 cup of milk or apple juice or skim milk
- 1 tbsp of honey(optional)
Add all ingredients into a blender and blend into a smooth juice.
Tender minced meat mixed in spaghetti is tender as it should, to preserve your braces.
- 1 tbsp of olive oil
- 2 lbs minced meat
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 14 oz ketchup
- 14 oz blend tomatoes
Put a huge pan on medium heat and add 1tbsp olive oil. Add the onions and garlic, let them fry till they turn golden brown. Add the minced meat and cook till it turns brown. Add the blended tomatoes and let it cook until the sauce thickens. In a separate pan, boil the pasta to tenderness, drain and rinse. Stir the cooked pasta into the sauce and serve with parmesan.
Baked Potato Soup
Mild-tasting soup is another soothing food recommended for people with braces.
- 5 potatoes, peeled, baked and cubed
- ½ cup margarine
- 3 tbsp flour
- 3 cups milk
- Shredded cheese
- 3 slices bacon
- 2 onions finely chopped
Place the bacon and onions in a pan and fry over medium heat. In a separate pan, melt the butter and whisk in the flour until smooth. Add the milk and continually whisk until the sauce thickens. Add the baked potatoes, bacon and onion into the sauce while seasoning with salt and pepper. Add the cheese and serve.
Baked Ravioli Pasta
This meal pairs up as both family and brace friendly.
- 2 cups grated mozzarella
- 1 cup shredded parmesan
- 24 oz pasta sauce
- 14 oz cubed tomatoes
- ½ cup of water
- 2tbsp parsley
- 1 ½ lbs frozen ravioli
Heat your oven to 200°C. Lightly coat a 3-quart casserole dish with olive oil. In the dish, mix the water, diced tomatoes, and pasta sauce, ensuring that the bottom side is entirely covered. Cover the top of the sauce with a layer of pasta and sprinkle mozzarella. Repeat the process with another layer of pasta and mozzarella and finish with the parmesan. Bake until the top is lightly brown and the cheese is bubbling. It should take about thirty minutes. Garnish with parsley and serve.
Potato chips are probably a favorite snack to the majority of people. Unfortunately, they aren’t brace-friendly. Potato pancakes can act as the perfect substitute in the meantime.
- 1 egg
- Pinch of salt
- 4 large peeled and cubed potatoes
- 1 small chopped onion
- 2 tbsp flour
- ½ cup milk
- ¼ cup of vegetable oil
- Pinch of baking powder
Put all ingredients in a blender and blend for about 30 seconds until it turns into a smooth paste. Heat the pan over medium heat and lightly brush with vegetable oil. Pour some batter into the pan and fry slowly for about two minutes. Let it turn brown before flipping the other side. Let both sides turn golden brown, remove and repeat the process with some more batter. Sprinkle some salt to taste and serve.
There you have it! Five of our favorite braces friendly recipes that shouldn’t make your life with braces boring. Always remember to stick to healthy meals for your teeth’s sake.