Time for a Baking Bonanza

When those rainy days arrive, it can feel like you’re trapped in a sort of jail with your little ones. You might find yourself turning on the TV to their favorite shows, or scrolling on Pinterest to find easy activities that will keep them occupied for more than five seconds. But when it comes to food, more often than not, you might find yourself grabbing something easy from the shelf. Though this is fine in moderation, rainy days are a great opportunity for a “Baking Bonanza.” This is where you create some tooth-friendly treats with the help of your children. This way they’re occupied, happy, and their bellies will be full!

The Importance of Tooth-Friendly Treats

Finding treats that are tooth-friendly doesn’t have to be hard! Taking the extra time to choose treats that will be good for both your child’s body and teeth can set them up for long-term success. Consistently reaching for those sugary snacks and drinks can be a one-way ticket to cavities. Of course, this doesn’t mean that having them on occasion is a bad thing. Moderation is key.

If the following list of tooth-happy snacks doesn’t quite fill the cravings, head on over here for 10 more ideas!

1. Frozen Berry Bites

The hardest part about this tasty treat will be getting your children to wait for the yogurt to freeze. Use whatever fruit you have on hand to create them, whether you have a big bag of frozen fruit in the freezer, or have some fresh berries hiding in the back of the fridge. Yogurt is packed full of calcium, which is a win when it comes to your body—especially your teeth. It helps prevent tooth decay by strengthening the enamel on your teeth.

2. Edible Art

If you don’t want to mess with the oven, this is a fun way to use those grapes in the fridge. See what kind of towers or houses your little ones can create, using only grapes and toothpicks! If you have some other fresh fruit or vegetable around, add them to the mix too!

Grapes are filled with tooth-friendly vitamins like calcium, vitamin C, and iron! Vitamin C helps strengthen the connective tissue holding your teeth securely in place, and the calcium and iron aid in the creation of enamel.

3. Zucchini Muffins

These zucchini muffins are a great way to teach your child that sometimes strange ingredients make amazing snacks! Zucchini is full of fiber, which helps with saliva production. This is important because saliva helps ward off bad breath and helps prevent gum disease.

4. Egg Toast Cups

Want a tasty breakfast-style treat that your children can help with? Try these egg toast cups! In this recipe, there are things your littles can do, no matter their age! Eggs are always a tooth-friendly option, as they are filled with Vitamin D, which helps your body absorb calcium.

5. Baked Apples With Oatmeal Crust

Who doesn’t love a good baked apple? Add a tasty oatmeal crust and you’ll likely have your little ones drooling! This baked apple recipe is sure to be a hit with your family! Both apples and oatmeal are great for your teeth. Apples are known as nature’s toothbrush when raw, but even cooked, they contain plenty of vitamin C. Oatmeal contains magnesium, which is great for making those teeth nice and strong!

Additional Ideas for Tooth-Friendly Rainy Day Baking

When it comes to rainy days and keeping your sanity, sometimes it requires just a little creativity. Let your little ones help out in the kitchen in whatever way they can. As long as it’s safe, of course! You’ll be making life-long memories as well as filling those bellies.

Want an extra idea for a high-energy child? To get them moving, why not have them make their own butter? All you need is a container with a lid, someone with energy to burn, and heavy cream!

Finding tooth-happy ingredients can seem daunting at first, but in the long run, it just requires a little extra thought. Remember that moderation is key when it comes to eating healthy foods. Whatever you and your family eat, just be sure to keep up with that daily tooth brushing!

Healthier choices shouldn’t be scary.

Making healthier snack choices can seem like a scary thing, especially when you’re faced with factors like rainy days. You might feel like you’re about to go crazy, trapped inside with the little ones. Let them help you in the kitchen! You never know what kind of fun you might have!

Remember, whatever snack you create, be sure to brush those teeth before bed! We Make Kids Smile is always here for your child’s dental needs. If you need to make an appointment, you can make one in just a few clicks!

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