The new school year has approached at lightning-fast speed and the time to gear up has begun. While school supplies and clothes have rapidly piled into shopping carts, don’t let the need for healthy snacks to compliment your child’s lunch slip your mind. Healthy snacking and your parental guidance can ward off the ravenous Sugarbugs and keep your child’s teeth strong and bright. The time to act is now, so help your Little Hero keep an impeccable smile with our guide to smart snacks and healthy eating habits.

Lead by Example

Little Heroes follow the lead of the real hero: you. So take the lead and become the best role model possible. Show them how you prefer to eat fruits and vegetables as snacks instead of sugary candies. Additionally, establish a good oral hygiene regimen for yourself and your kids will follow suit.

Let Creativity Flow

Fruits and vegetables don’t have to be boring. Mix and match combinations such as apple slices with peanut butter, yogurt sprinkled with granola, and bananas so your kids will see how fun and tasty healthy snacking can be. Involve your kids in the preparation of these snacks. These teachable moments will have positive effects on their health, teeth and even their relationship with you, their hero.

Know Your Snacks

So you’ve prepared a delicious and hearty meal for your Little Hero to eat at lunchtime, but what snacks should you compliment it with? The healthy possibilities are endless and they’re all meant to keep their teeth strong and as far away from the Sugarbugs as possible.

Fruits

  • Melons
  • Pears
  • Oranges
  • Berries
  • Pineapple

Grains

  • Pretzels (little to no salt)
  • Cereal
  • Plain bagels

Nuts and Seeds

  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Assorted nuts (peanuts, cashews, pecans, etc.)

Dairy

  • Cottage cheese
  • Yogurt
  • String cheese

The Action Starts Now!

The school year can be full of missions for your Little Hero, including the fight for clean and healthy teeth. Arm them with healthy snacks and invincible oral hygiene techniques they’ll need in the battle against the Sugarbugs and remember that Little Heroes Pediatric Dentistry is their headquarters for great oral care. For more information about our super services, contact us in Mission today.

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