Tucson & Sahuarita AZ Just Smile Orthodontics
Braces Friendly Foods Series | Avocado Watermelon Blueberry Power Snack
Now that summer is almost over, don’t mellow down. Stay active and eat a POWER SNACK to keep healthy and energized. For those wearing orthodontic braces, this is a great snack that reduces the opportunity for broken brackets and bent wires.
This is so easy to do even a teenager can whip it out in a few minutes. Wow, “look Ma, I made a salad!” Yeah, no cooking necessary…
Coarse Sea Salt
Cut whole avocados in halves and throw the pit (seed) away. Do not peel away the skin of the avocado, it will serve as the bowl to scoop your spoon from.
Cut up watermelon into small cubes
Place chopped watermelon into the hole left by the pit of the avocado and pour some blueberries over.
Sprinkle some coarse sea salt over for taste.
Discussion & Summary:
Prep time: 5-10 minutes
Marinade time: None
Cook time: None
Servings: As many as you like.
Don’t skip the coarse sea salt; it will make a big difference in taste. Well, don’t add the salt for those with a low salt diet. An interesting fact about avocados is that it is not a vegetable but a fruit. So we can safely call this Power Snack a Fruit Salad too.
There are so many benefits that come with eating Avocados: not only do they contain many vitamins and minerals but also antioxidants and of course the density of calories packed into this small and beautiful green fruit. And when you’re a growing teen, calories are necessary!
The watermelon will add to the sweetness and the blueberries some acidity, hence the need to add sea salt to balance all the different tastes.
PS: Please cut up food into small bite sized pieces.
PSS: don’t forget to brush teeth and braces after eating.
Your friendly local orthodontist, Dr. Leo Toureno
My patients ask me all the time: “What can I eat?” or “What can’t I eat?”
In my blog: “Braces Friendly Food Series”, I have prepared, photographed and written the recipes for these appetizers, entrees and deserts myself and have suggested them as “safe” for those wearing orthodontic braces, i.e. lower risk for breaking orthodontic brackets.* Best of all they are yummy! Who says braces food has to be Blah!
(* This claim should not be construed as medical, dental or orthodontic advice. You should always ask your physician, dentist or orthodontist for professional advice before attempting to eat new types of food. Please use common sense.)
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