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Healthy New Holiday TraditionsHoliday traditions don’t need to be full of sugar to be festive. We’ve got lots of ideas for healthy new holiday traditions your family is sure to love! Continue reading for some of our top picks to help get your holiday rolling.
Sugar-Free Holiday TraditionsFood is a big part of many of our holiday traditions. That’s why it’s important to plan healthy holiday traditions so we can make cherished memories with our loved ones while also keeping everyone’s smiles healthy and bright. One easy way to do this is by limiting the amount of sugar in holiday treats. You can do this by choosing sugar-free options at the store or bakery. Or you can create your own sugar-free treats by baking treats at home with alternative sweeteners. Our favorite sweetener is xylitol because of how it’s been shown to benefit your dental health over time. Xylitol is sweet like sugar, but can actually change the pH environment of your mouth to help reduce bacteria and your risk of developing cavities.
Savory Holiday TraditionsAnother great way to create healthy new holiday traditions is by selecting savory treats. Holiday traditions don’t have to include added sugar to create sweet memories! Pastries with cheese and spinach, cheese boards with fresh fruit, spiced muffins, fondue or hummus dip with veggies and fresh whole-grain bread, and baked stuffed mushrooms, peppers, or apples are all delicious options!
Other Ideas for Holiday TraditionsCreating healthy new holiday traditions that everyone in your family loves can take a little bit of experimentation, so don’t be afraid to get creative! Creating traditions is a process that’s meant to be enjoyed. If you have kids in your family, it can be helpful to include them in the creative process so they can learn cooking skills and take pride in the finished product when everyone gathers to taste-test new treats. Remember: things don’t have to be perfect to create memories that you and your loved ones will cherish for years to come! Sometimes it’s the imperfect things that create our favorite memories.
Call our St. Helena Dental Office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.