Snacks That Will Make Your Guests Smile

Posted on February 26, 2018 in General oral health

Whether you're hosting your book club or throwing a game-day bash, you can help your guests take care of their smiles as well as their taste buds.

Rosé?1  No way. Champagne, prosecco and rosé may be having their moment in the spotlight, but these trendy tipples can be hard on tooth enamel because of their high acid levels.2  Opt for a light beer or even a dry martini instead.

Say “Yes, please,” to cheese. A fancy cheese tray – or even just slices of good ol' cheddar­ ­–  is a no-brainer. Cheese is always a crowd pleaser, and you can dress it up with a charcuterie board including prosciutto, salami and chorizo. Throw in some healthy garnishes, such as almonds and pickles, and you've got a spread that's sure to impress. But lighten up on the crackers and crostini and add more cheese and healthy garnishes. Foods that are high in carbohydrates break down into sugars that can harm your enamel just like the sugars in cookies and candies.

A veggie tray will save the day. Instead of opening up a bag of chips, which are also high in carbohydrates and starches, put a veggie tray on the menu. Vegetables will provide the same satisfying crunch your guests crave while keeping their smiles healthy. If you're looking for something different than the usual celery, carrots and broccoli, try parsnips, jicama, snap peas, artichokes and asparagus. (And check out this month's recipe – salted edamame.)

Berries are merry. For a little something sweet, opt for berries drizzled with dark chocolate. Dark chocolate has lower sugar content than milk chocolate and white chocolate, so it's a good choice for dessert.