Super Bowl Snacks

While you’re watching the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots compete in this year’s Super Bowl, munch on some healthy — but tasty — snacks that are also great for your teeth.

Drs. Sheryl Hunter Griffith and Dr. Elizabeth Chen, pediatric dentists at Kids Healthy Teeth in Katy, Texas, submitted five recipes that you can make for your Super Bowl party, which are also posted on MouthHealthy.org.

Spicy jalapeno dip

Ingredients:

  • 1 16 oz. tub low-fat sour cream

  • 1 packet of Hidden Valley Ranch (or other brand) Fiesta Dip

  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and cubed

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend thoroughly.

  2. Serve the dip with raw vegetables such as carrots and celery.

What makes it tooth friendly:

This dip with a kick will make your veggies disappear. Raw veggies require lots of chewing which stimulates and promotes healthy gums. Carrots contain beta-carotene that your body uses to create vitamin A, which works to build strong teeth. The sour cream in this dip gives your teeth a boost of calcium, which also helps to keep your teeth strong.

Hummus with cucumber

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans chickpeas, one drained, one with liquid

  • 4 tablespoons sesame seeds

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 garlic clove, peeled

  • 1 teaspoon cumin

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon pepper

  • 1 cucumber

  • 1/2 tablespoon parsley

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender in the order listed except for the cucumber.

  2. Blend for approximately one to one and a half minutes, pulsing as necessary.

  3. Slice up the cucumber into thick pieces for dipping.

  4. Place hummus in serving bowl and drizzle additional olive oil on top with some parsley for garnish.

What makes it tooth friendly:

Protein rich chickpeas don’t contain any saturated fat or cholesterol, making hummus a good choice for your overall health. Chickpeas are also rich in folic acid, which keeps your mouth healthy by promoting cell growth throughout your body. As to the cucumbers, not only are they a healthy alternative to chips, but they are rich in vitamins B and C and have even been shown to help freshen breath and naturally whiten teeth.

Meat and cheese tray

Ingredients:

This party tray is a cheese buffet with gouda, white cheddar, havarti and chipotle jack. It also includes red grapes, whole-wheat crackers and summer sausage.

What makes it tooth friendly:

Cheese is a tooth powerhouse with tons of tooth-strengthening calcium and a protein called casein which is amazingly effective in protecting the surface of your teeth. Whole-wheat crackers have beneficial fiber, but all crackers can stick to teeth and promote bacteria growth. Just be sure to brush after the game.

Baked Cheese Roll

Ingredients:

  • Goat cheese log

  • Grape or olive oil

  • 1 small carton of grape tomatoes (sliced)

  • Basil pesto

  • Balsamic glaze

  • French bread or crackers

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°

  2. In a jelly roll pan or small casserole dish, add approximately 1/4 inch of grape or olive oil.

  3. Place goat cheese in the pan and cover with pesto, then grape tomatoes.

  4. Bake for 20-30 minutes, remove from the oven and drizzle with balsamic glaze.

  5. Serve with French bread or your favorite healthy crackers.

What makes it tooth friendly:

Goat cheese contains more protein and calcium than cow’s milk cheese and yet has less fat and calories per serving. The higher calcium of goat cheese means even more protection for your teeth.

Healthy 7-layer dip

Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups black beans

  • 6 Oz. Greek yogurt (plain)

  • 1 cup shredded cheese

  • 1 small can sliced black olives

Guacamole:

  • 2 avocados

  • 2 tbsp. chopped cilantro

  • 1 chopped chive

  • Juice from 1/2 lime

  • 1 clove minced garlic

  • 1/2 seeded and diced jalapeño

Pico de gallo:

  • 2 small diced tomatoes

  • 2 tbsp. chopped cilantro

  • Juice from 1/2 lime

  • 1/2 seeded and diced Jalapeño

  • 1 chopped chive

Directions:

  1. Mix together all ingredients for the pico de gallo.

  2. In a separate bowl, mix the ingredients for the guacamole layer.

  3. The ingredients can be added in the following order (starting at the bottom): beans, yogurt, cheese, olives, guacamole, pico de gallo.

What makes it tooth friendly:

This dish has it all and it’s a great update of what is usually a calorie dense snack. While tomato and citrus juices can be tough on your teeth because of their high acidity, the cheese and Greek yogurt help to balance that out. Plus, this dish is high in vitamins E, A and C, which are all essential for a healthy mouth. Choosing celery or another vegetable over chips would make this an even better choice for your teeth.

Remember, regardless of what you choose to snack on during the Super Bowl, be sure to brush twice a day for two minutes each time.

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