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Healthy Holiday Recipe Ideas Safe for Your Braces

The holidays are upon us! If you have braces, you may be wondering what your options are as far as braces-safe recipes for your holiday meals. Not to worry! You can still make holiday dishes that are safe for your braces and extremely delicious.

Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Depending on how many people you’re feeding, you may need to use quite a few potatoes to make this dish. The recipe is fairly simple and can always be adjusted, but for our purposes, we’ll go with enough to make about 10 servings.

What you need:12BranMuff

  • 5 pounds potatoes (your choice).
  • ½ cup butter or margarine, softened.
  • 1 cup 2% milk.
  • 2 Tbsp. minced garlic.
  • basil (optional).
  • Garlic salt to taste.

Peel potatoes and cut into somewhat evenly sized chunks. Throw them in a large pot and fill it with water to completely cover the potatoes. Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, adjust the temperature to medium-high and simmer. This can take 30 minutes or longer. Test softness with a fork.

Once the potatoes are done, remove from stove and strain in a large colander. Once strained, put them back in the pot. Get your masher and start mashing!

Add margarine or butter, minced garlic, basil, and milk and mash together. Add garlic salt to taste and mix well. If you’re adjusting the recipe or find that your potatoes are still a bit dry, simply add more milk. Once they’re done, serve as you wish and enjoy!

Why is this recipe good for braces?

Mashed potatoes are an excellent dish to enjoy with braces because they’re soft and not sticky. Avoiding the use of an electric mixer ensures that your mashed potatoes don’t get gummy or sticky, and using milk instead of heavy cream makes them healthier.

Slow Cooker Creamed Corn

Corn on the cob may be bad for braces, but off the cob, you can still enjoy it. If you’re looking for a great side dish to compliment your Thanksgiving or Christmas meal, slow cooker creamed corn is easy to set and forget while you finish prepping everything else.

This particular recipe is for 12 servings and can easily be adjusted.

What you need:

  • 6 cans whole kernel corn, drained.
  • 2 cups milk.
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar.
  • Pepper to taste.
  • 16 ox. Cream cheese, cubed.
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into slices.

Place corn into slow cooker and stir in milk, sugar, and pepper. Top with butter and cream cheese without stirring. Cook on high heat for 3-4 hours. Stir in butter and cream cheese and cook for an additional 15-20 minutes. Serve immediately and enjoy.

Why is this recipe good for braces?

Corn on the cob usually isn’t recommended, but off the cob you can still eat it. Creamed corn is especially good because it’s very soft, and cooking it in the slow cooker ensures that you can set it and forget it for your holiday cooking convenience.

For more braces-friendly holiday recipes, just check to make sure there are no off-limits ingredients included, the most common of which being pecans, walnuts, almonds, and crunchy vegetables.

Do you have any questions or concerns? We are always available to help you, so if you have a question concerning a holiday food or you aren’t 100% sure whether it’s okay to eat something in particular, give us a call at 816-384-0801. Our patients are a top priority, and we want to help you make the most of your holidays.


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