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Customizable Braces Meal Plans for your Family

Posted: 03/25/14 by

It’s sad when your tween has the same diet as your baby!  Blog reader, Heather, emailed me desperate for ideas beyond yogurt and applesauce.  Her poor child WAS a great eater, but now that she can’t eat nuts, granola, popcorn, crusty bread, and “pretty much anything that crunches”, she’s been struggling to know what to eat.

Heather is smart to follow the guidelines for avoiding the foods that cause damage to braces.  Caring for your braces not only make sense financially (you don’t want to keep returning to the orthodontist to get brackets fixed), but it also makes sense for getting your treatment finished in a timely manner.   Not to mention, it might be difficult to eat crunchy food anyway when your mouth is tender from your adjustments.  So, here is short overview of what foods you should be avoiding, as well as some meal ideas that are soft and least likely to cause damage to that new smile.  Plus, the whole family can eat the same foods!

THE BRACES DIET!!

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What foods are off limits:

  • Hard nuts, candies, hard fruits (like apples and pears)
  • Hard vegetables (like carrots and corn on the cob)
  • Chips
  • Taco shells
  • Pizza crust
  • pretzels
  • Sticky stuff like taffy, gum, caramels
  • Foods high in acidity that could cause discoloration like lemons, limes and sodas.

So, here goes our First week of braces meal plan:

Breakfast Lunch Snack Dinner
Monday Oatmeal prepared with milk, mashed pears, and cinnamon Cold pasta salad with very small tomatoes and cucumbers (peeled) and shredded chicken Homemade tapioca or pudding Spaghetti with pureed veggies in the sauce (carrots and spinach) and lean ground beef
Tuesday Crispy rice cereal with yogurt on top (the crispy rice gets soft in the company of the yogurt) Tuna salad Avocados, mashed or chopped with salsa. Baked potato bar (topped with cottage cheese)
Wednesday Fluffy scrambled eggs (made with milk to make fluffy).  Banana cut into small pieces, or mashed Blueberry muffins with strawberry, ruhbarb applesauce Cottage cheese mixed with diced peaches Chili
Thursday Swiss Muesli with finely chopped dried fruit and soaked all night Creamy Polenta Hard boiled egg with soft cheese and olives Grilled Tofu Satay
Friday Smoothies (like the power gold smoothie) Homemade macaroni and cheese Plain Greek yogurt mixed with chopped strawberries Miso Soup with veggies and tofu

So, instead of making separate meals for your kids in braces and the rest of the family, everyone can eat the meals above!  Just make sure to brush after your meals and keep that smile sparkling!

What soft foods do you include in your families diet?

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