Halloween marks the beginning of the holiday season. It is also a period of time that is filled with unhealthy, sugary treats. Consuming too much sugar isn’t healthy, especially for your child’s body, and can wreak havoc on health including your smile.
An occasional treat is harmless for the most part but if you are like me once you start it can be a tough habit to break. Sugar addiction is a real problem and it is hidden in foods that we consume on a regular basis. Then when we add in treats and candy, it can trigger the sugar cravings again.
Consuming too many sugary treats this holiday season can lead to unwanted weight gain and potential dental decay. We don’t want to totally discourage splurging on an occasional treat but we wanted you to be mindful of the treats that you are consuming. Some treats don’t stick to your teeth unlike hard candy, taffy, caramels, and some of your favorite holiday treats.
But dentists like Karl Jobst from Grand Lake Dental, want you to know how tooth decay starts after you consume sugar. After eating, your saliva initiates a chain reaction in your mouth. When sugar combines with the bacteria in your mouth. Bacteria in your mouth then feed off the sugar. When the bacteria and sugar combine it creates acid in your mouth which slowly destroys tooth enamel.
The great news is you can prevent holiday weight gain and potential tooth decay this holiday season. Are you looking for some healthy or sugar-free treats for Christmas? We found these 6 healthy holiday desserts that are will wow your guests this holiday season. Plus, they are kid friendly too.
Easy Christmas Kabobs
Photo Credit and Recipe belongs to Suburban Simplicity
These easy Christmas kabobs will impress your holiday guests and they are kid friendly too. Plus, we love that they are super easy to make. Please visit Suburban Simplicity for the full recipe.
No-Bake Peppermint Fudge Energy Bites
Photo Credit and Recipe Belongs to Running in a Skirt
Who can resist peppermint and chocolate? This healthy recipe won’t set you back on your diet and the flavors scream Christmas. You can take these healthy energy bites to your holiday parties or you can make them when you are craving something unhealthy. You can even leave off the crushed peppermint if you don’t want to add a ton of sugar to this recipe. Please visit Running in a Skirt for the full recipe.
Easy Spiced Hot Fruit Bake
Photo Credit and Recipe Belong to Cotter Crunch
This hot fruit bake would be perfect over a warm bowl of overnight oats or even a healthy dessert topped with sugar-free ice cream. Holiday dishes don’t have to be laden with butter and sugar to satisfy your taste buds. The great thing about this recipe, you can substitute fruits so that you can enjoy this recipe year round too. You can feel comfortable that your dentist Karl Jobst, Oak Grove OK, will be pleased with this dessert option. Please visit Cotter Crunch for the full recipe.
No-Bake Coconut Snowballs
Photo Credit and Recipe Belong to Sweet as Honey
These no-bake coconut snowballs are guilt-free and you can even put several together to make Frosty too. They will be the talk of the night if you bring them to a holiday party or serve them to your family. We love that these coconut snowballs are easy to make and the recipe only calls for 4 ingredients. Please visit Sweet As Honey for the full recipe.
Fruit Christmas Tree
Photo Credit and Fruit Christmas Tree Idea Belong to Project Nursery
This fruit Christmas tree is the perfect centerpiece for your next holiday party. You don’t have to feel guilty for indulging this is fun and festive dessert. I even have a feeling you might have to make more than one too. We also love that it is kid friendly too. Please visit Project Nursery for the full tutorial to make this fruit Christmas tree.
No-Bake Holiday Energy Balls
Photo Credit and Recipe Belong to North South Blonde
I love the festive no-bake holiday energy balls. You can make these energy bites in 5 minutes unless you are making them to feed a large crowd. We love that they are healthy yet contain a bit of sweetness with the chocolate chips. Don’t be surprised if the kids enjoy these festive treats too. Please visit North South Blonde for the full recipe.
The holidays are known for festive treats that are filled with unhealthy and sugar-laden recipes. We wanted to help you keep your waistline and dentist happy with these festive healthy holiday desserts. If you do decide to splurge on a few treats that contain sugar, dentist Karl Jobst recommends brushing your teeth as quickly as possible to help reverse the war going on in your mouth.