National Junk Food Day also a reminder to eat healthy, including during summer

Posted on July 21, 2020 in General oral health

boy and girl laughing outsideNational Junk Food Day, recognized July 21, may be a time people think about their favorite junk foods or have a “cheat day” from their otherwise healthier diets. But this day can serve as a reminder it is important to be conscious of one’s diet and avoid eating too much junk food.

With summer sports in full swing, it may be especially easy to grab snacks and drinks that aren't very tooth friendly. However, healthy, nutritious snacks can be just as convenient with a little planning.

One easy change to make is to replace soda. Instead of sipping soda while watching soccer or softball, infuse water with fruit or vegetables (try cucumbers!). Infused water provides great, natural flavor and a lot less sugar. Do the same for your children by helping them rehydrate after a game with water or milk instead of juice or carbonated beverages.

Chips, crackers and cookies are also full of starch, which your body converts to glucose. A fun and tasty alternative would be to bring peanuts1 (don't crack the shells with your teeth!) or some unbuttered popcorn (you just might want to bring some floss). If you're snacking at a sports game, you can probably even buy both options at the concession stand.

Making healthy changes in your life can be as easy as switching out the junk food/snacks for better options. It's simple, great tasting and great for you!