Snack Attack: Eat Right
Does the saying “you are what you eat” bring to mind a greasy cheeseburger and fries? It’s not too late to resurrect your New Year’s resolution to eat healthier. Both your body and your smile will benefit.
A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains is good for your overall health and dental health. Food and drinks that are high in sugar contribute to the bacteria in your mouth and can cause cavities. Diabetes and heart disease are also linked to dental problems.
Children can start good eating habits early. Check out the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which includes tips on how to maintain a healthy weight and prevent disease. Start today! Here are some healthy snack ideas from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:
- Combine one cup of light popcorn with ¼ cup of nuts and 2 tablespoons of raisins to create popcorn trail mix.
- Spread almond or peanut butter over two sheets of graham crackers or a slice of whole grain bread.
- Pick your favorite veggies – tomatoes, green or red bell peppers, cucumbers, celery or broccoli – and dip them in a light dressing or vinaigrette.
- Eat an apple with a ¼ cup of almonds or other nuts.
- Combine ½ cup of low-fat cottage cheese with a helping of fruits or vegetables.
So indulge! Eating healthy can be delicious.