Braces-Friendly Healthy Recipes for the New Year

Braces-Friendly Healthy Recipes for the New Year
Posted on 01/06/2016

This is the time of the year when many of us make New Years resolutions as a way to improve upon our lives. Many people make health-related resolutions like losing weight, exercising more or eating better. If you're currently wearing conventional metal braces or clear braces in Chicago or Vernon Hills, you know that there are some foods you must avoid eating because they can damage or break your braces. That's why it's a great idea to add eating a wide array of healthy, braces-friendly foods to the list of New Years resolutions you make this year. 

Here are two healthy braces-friendly recipes to try that are easy to make and nutritious. 

Easy Butternut Squash Soup

This creamy delicious soup is perfect for a wintertime lunch or dinner and it only takes a few minutes to make. 
butternut squash soup
1 butternut squash
1 yellow onion, chopped 
2 cloves crushed garlic 
2 tablespoons olive oil 
1 1/4 cups milk
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt to taste 
cream to taste 

Remove rind from squash and cut it into wedges. Remove the seeds and then dice up the squash. Heat oil in frying pan over medium high heat. Add the squash, onion and garlic. Add a pinch of salt and then saute until lightly browned and cooked through. Put the mixture into a blender and add the milk and cayenne pepper. Blend until smooth. Season with salt to taste. Top each serving with cream. Makes 4 portions. 


Baked Sweet Potato Fries 

These soft baked sweet potato fries are healthier than regular fries and they're great dipped in ketchup. 
sweet potato fries
4 small sweet potatoes 
2 T olive oil 
1 ½ teaspoons chili powder 
1 ½ teaspoons sea salt 

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Cut each sweet potato in half lengthwise. Then cut the halves into 1 inch wedges. In a large bowl, mix together the oil, chili powder and 1 teaspoon of the salt. Add the potatoes to the bowl containing the oil mixture and stir, being sure to coat the wedges well.  Place the potatoes flesh side down on baking pan and bake until soft for about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and season with ½ teaspoon salt. Serve warm. Makes six servings of 4 or 5 wedges. 

Happy New Year!

The team at Jacobson & Tsou Orthodontics would like to wish all our patients and their families a happy new year! Our Chicago & Vernon Hills orthodontics practice is proud to help patients of all ages achieve beautiful, healthy smiles. Whether you are interested in Chicago clear braces for yourself or are looking for a provider of orthodontics in Skokie for your child, we can meet all your family's orthodontic needs!