There’s a struggle that comes with eating healthy. If it’s not way out of your budget, you have to cook. And when you’re busy zipping between work, errands, and the occasional side-hustle, cooking doesn’t seem to be an option. Even attempting to cook has its own slew of problems. What’s healthy isn’t necessarily what’s tasty. And if it’s supposed to be delicious, it won’t be post-cooking. How, then, can you get your dose of teeth-friendly foods with this dilemma?
Well, for one, you can keep stock of some of the best foods for dental health and buy as much of it as you can. (Citrus fruit lovers might not be too happy about the news.) Another way, however, is by learning some recipes that require 1.) zero effort, and 2.) are actually fun to make.
If that statement feels like it’s near-impossible, don’t worry. Here are two teeth-friendly recipes your body (and teeth) will thank you for.
A deliciously cheesy cheese platter
Cheese, as we all know, is one of the best snacks for oral health. Dairy products, in general, are great for giving your teeth a calcium boost. But cheese, in particular, has an added bonus—it helps stimulate your saliva flow, which in turn helps clean your teeth and gives it those great minerals. While the lactose intolerant might need to skip this for now (and those who might not have a taste for the cheesy), the rest might already be reaching for the cheese boards.
To make a great cheese platter, you need to be keen on the tastebuds. You won’t really need a recipe for this one, but here are some tips that can make your platter all the better:
- Choose a show-stopping cheese. Of course, this will depend on your taste preferences. Whichever type you choose, the rest of the cheeses should help enhance it. If you’re dealing with stinky cheese, however, you might want to separate it from the rest to prevent it from overpowering them.
- Have at least one familiar cheese. This will be the anchor if you’re making a platter for a group. For the fussy eaters, especially. If you’re making the platter for one, this can be a palate-cleanser of sorts.
- Have fun mixing and matching sides. It’s tempting to go with an all-cheese platter, it might not suit you well in the long run. You might need some sides to space it out. Fortunately, there’s a bevy of foods good for dental health that can mix well with cheese—particularly vegetables.
A tantalizing chicken salad
What do you get when you mix lean meat, some vegetables, and some fiber-rich garnishes of choice? You get a recipe that’s tasty and good for your teeth. Here’s how to make a chicken salad that doesn’t feel like you’re eating cardboard.
For the salad
greens of choice, enough to fit a bowl
1 cup shredded grilled chicken, can be store-bought
1-2 apples, diced
other garnishes of choice
For the dressing
1 lemon, juiced
½ cup olive oil, with more to scale
salt to taste
pepper to taste
- Wash your greens of choice. Strain, toss or pat with a paper towel until dry. Place in the bowl.
- Add the shredded chicken, crushed walnuts, diced apples, and your garnish of choice. Toss until well-mixed.
- Mix together all the dressing ingredients. Add more olive oil, depending on the size of the salad. Once incorporated, taste first to see if it fits your preferences. Add more seasoning or lemon until it does.
- Toss dressing along with the salad or place on the side.