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Tasty Lunches that Are Good for Kids and Teeth

Brushing, flossing, and eating are all good for teeth. Eating, because certain foods provide essential nutrients like calcium, vitamin C, and vitamin D for dental as well as overall health. And with kids’ teeth, it’s what we don’t give them that can often make the biggest difference. Boot out the sugary foods and starchy snacks that contribute to tooth decay with the help of the following lunch-time alternatives:

Photo by Ken Hammond

Plain, low-fat yogurt with sliced strawberries and almonds. You know what they say about breakfast – you can have it for dinner, or lunch! In addition to being low in both acidity and sugar, yogurt is rich in calcium to help keep teeth strong. Fruits like strawberries have high vitamin C content for gum health, and almonds contain lots of fiber, great for promoting the flow of saliva, which protects tooth enamel.
Finger food tray. Mix things up with this fun lunchbox option. Kids love finger foods, like celery and carrots, which are packed with vitamin A, helping them maintain resilient tooth enamel. During all that crunching action, the kids will stimulate their gums and promote saliva production. In addition to the raw veggies, throw in some low-fat cheese triangles to get the goodness of calcium and protein in cheese, and finish off your food tray with some phosphorous-rich hard-boiled eggs, halved.

Photo: USDA

Turkey in whole-wheat pita. Lean turkey meat is also rich in phosphorous, which works with calcium and vitamin D for strong teeth. Starchy foods like potatoes and white bread raise acidity levels in the mouth, so less refined starches are a better choice for getting those essential carbohydrates. Try making a variation of the classic turkey sandwich by using whole-wheat pita bread, filled with some fiber-rich greens like spinach and kale. For a completely different lunch with similar selling points, dice up some grilled chicken and toss it in whole grain pasta with steamed broccoli. (more…)

October 19, 2011 at 4:04 am 3 comments


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