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Healthy Food and Treat Choices for the Holidays

The holiday season is here. Warmth, cheer, and lots of celebration are on the horizon for many of us. Of course, this also means disruption to our everyday routines. Parties filled with festive delicacies, power shopping, and end of year deadlines in all aspects of life can diminish even the most devote health nut’s attention to detail.

We are here to help you be healthy and stay well. You have our full permission to indulge yourself a bit. And, when you want to welcome some restraint back into your lifestyle, here are some ideas to keep your energy levels stable through the merriest disruptions.

Healthy Choices

There are several foods you might already associate with the holidays that are healthier than other things you can eat. This includes gingerbread and pumpkin pie. Both are lower in sugar than other foods, and gingerbread can include pumpkin to bump up its fiber content. Other choices include almond and oatmeal cookies, and even chocolate covered strawberries. Oatmeal and almonds are particularly good for you and are often used in lots of holiday baking.

Although you may be concerned about your diet, Dr. Kern and her team also encourage you to remember your oral health and how your health can be impacted as soon as the food and snacks you indulge in hit your mouth. Remember that your oral health is directly related to your overall health.

Look for recipes where the sugar can be reduced and other substitutes made to make them healthier for you and your family.

Holiday Meals

Traditional holiday meals run the gamut, from simple fish to elaborate beef dinners. Along with these main dishes are a plethora of side dishes that can increase the amount of sugar you consume. Sweet potatoes are sweet and a good source of vitamins on their own, but when brown sugar and marshmallows are added to the recipe, it becomes less healthy. Cranberry sauce is a mainstay for many families, and it is also one of the healthiest dishes – as long as nothing is added to it. Cranberries kill bacteria in the mouth, which helps to fight periodontitis and prevent cavities.

As with most things in life, moderation is key to staying healthy. Be cognizant of how much sugar you are consuming. If you can lower the amount of sugar, or replace it with something else, in your recipes, consider doing so. Try to avoid sticky foods that are prevalent during the holidays, minimize sweets, and brush and floss regularly.

If you would like to learn more about how to keep your teeth healthy this holiday season, contact Danae or Eddie today at 831-372-8011 at Dr. Kern’s office. Dr. Kern’s dental office is conveniently located at 660 Camino Aguajito #201 in Monterey, CA 93940.