Talk to Your Children About Nutrition

In today’s world, it’s no wonder your child prefers cookies over carrots.  Junk food is an unfortunate reality in childhood diets. This world of unhealthy food h30150853-closeup-grilled-pork-with-carrot-and-butter-bread-steak-homemadeas lead to poor nutrition and oral health in our children.  Not to mention childhood obesity. It is important as parents to teach our children about these things and to encourage health and good self image.  Because this isn’t easy, Kim Elmore from Delta Dental of New Jersey, give some tips on ways to help our children improve their health.

One important tip that she gives is to choose a crunchy fruit when your child is craving sweets. These types of fruits, like apples, have a high water content which helps dilute the natural sugars making it healthier for teeth and body.  To see the full list of tips from Kim Elmore, see the article here: Talk to Your Kids About Obesity, Nutrition, and Oral Health | NJ.com.

Healthy Eating for Cheap

29452803-berriesEating healthy isn’t always easy.  Especially if you are trying to eat on a budget.  Healthier foods can sometimes cost more and it makes it difficult to ensure the quality of what we eat. But solutions do exist.  In an article from Eat Well 101, they list 8 ways for healthy eating, cheap. One tip is to eat 5 fruits and vegetables each day.  Another idea is to stay away from frozen meals.  This will save money and also save you from eating the processed and high sodium foods.  To see all 8 tips from Eat Well 101, read the article here: Healthy Eating for Cheap – Cheap Healthy Meals – Guides to Healthy Eating — Eat Well 101.

Healthy Tips For You And Your Family

5369229-fresh-vegetables-isolated-on-white-backgroundSchool is back in for most of us now and our kids are working on getting back into the swing of things. Now is a great opportunity to start creating some new healthy habits for the whole family. Here are five healthy tips to get the ball rolling.

Eat a nutritious breakfast – Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! This is our chance to help our kids get a great start on the day. Include healthy doses of fiber, calcium and protein into your child’s breakfast.

Limit liquid calories – This is the easiest place to start limiting sugar. Sugary drinks like soda, juice and energy drinks are just empty calories.  Try milk or water instead.

Increase fruits and vegetables – Fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins and nutrients and low in calories. Keep pre-washed produce available to grab and eat when your child gets hungry.

Plan family dinners – The best way to get your kids to eat healthy is to engage them in the planning.  Have them help you plan healthy options for dinner such as steamed veggies, whole wheat pasta and low calorie sources of protein such as chicken or fish.

Practice portion control – Minding your portions as well as those of your kids is another great way to manage calories. Allow occasional treats instead of banning foods altogether.

5 Healthy Back-to-School Tips | Dr. Lisa Young.

Foods You Should Avoid For Better Teeth and Breath

Brushing, flossing and mouthwash are all great things to help you keep your teeth and smile healthy and bright.  But there is one more thing you can do to help your teeth, consider what they’re chewing. The foods you eat and drink can stain and weaken your teeth and cause bad breath.  Listed below are some things that you should avoid if you want to have better teeth and breath.

Dark liquids, especially coffee – Teeth absorb colored liquids like coffee, tea, cola and wine.  Throughout your lifetime it will cause staining which is hard to remove. Coffee can also ruin your breath because it neutralizes the acid in your stomach and sends gastric juices up into your mouth which causes bad breath. If you can’t stay away from these liquids, brush after consu30422874-red-vibrant-strawberries-on-white-platter-outside-in-easter-sunming and be sure to get a dental cleaning every six months.

Onions and garlic – Most of us know that these two things can cause bad breath. Raw onions are worse than cooked. Garlic turns into proenyl sulfenic acid which gives you stinky breath.

Foods with seeds – Poppy, strawberry and sesame seeds can get lodged in between teeth.  Not only is this embarrassing if lodged in an obvious area, but seeds can also cause damage in hidden areas as they stay lodged there for a long time.  Be sure to floss and brush thoroughly if you have foods with seeds.

Corn on the cob – There is nothing better than a cob of fresh corn. But eating corn off the cob is hard on teeth and pieces inevitably get lodged causing bacteria build up.  Cutting it off the cob is much easier on your teeth.

Horseradish – Horseradish sauce gets its entire flavor from isothicyanate.  This is a chemical compound in the horseradish plant that has a scent so putrid, that it works as a natural defense against animals.  Imagine what it is doing to your breath!21261649-delicious-meat-kebabs-grilling-over-a-fire-on-a-portable-metal-barbecue-at-an-outdoor-picnic-or-on-a

Red Meat – Red meat often leaves a funny taste in your mouth and also gets wedged between teeth. Not to mention the sugary, clingy bbq sauce that may accompany the meat is a recipe for cavities.

What To Avoid For Better Teeth – And Breath | Yahoo Health

Surprising Sources of Hidden Sugar

30752913-chocolate-chip-cookie-with-almond-and-coffee-cupYou may be trying to eat healthy and to stay away from sugar.  You probably don’t want the extra calories and want to take good care of your body and teeth.  But, there may be added sugar lurking in the foods that you think are healthy.  In a slideshow on WebMD, they show 12 different foods that are surprising sources of hidden sugar.  Things like salad dressing, dried fruit, tea and even ketchup.  To see the slideshow click here: Slideshow: Surprising Sources of Hidden Sugar.