Smoothies are a great way to start the morning or recover after an active day. They’re easy to make, and with the summer heat beating down on you, something light and refreshing probably sounds great, right? Fortunately, you don’t have to hit one of those smoothie shops. All you need is a blender and a few simple ingredients, and you can make smoothies right in your kitchen!
Most smoothies have three main components: A base like yogurt to provide that smooth, creamy texture; a liquid which could be water, milk, green tea, almond milk, soy milk, or almost anything else you’d like (keep the sugar to a minimum for best teeth results); and then the fruits and veggies that give the smoothie its nutrition and flavor. That’s Smoothies 101. But did you know that there are actually ingredients that will not just make a delicious, nutritious summer smoothie, but are also approved by your Overland Park dentist as good for your teeth?
A perfect smoothie base, yogurt is also high in calcium and protein, which can be great for your teeth. Plus, you can choose a yogurt with no added sugar in order to reduce your risk of tooth decay. The probiotics found in yogurt can even help to lower the number of cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth, while also helping your digestion and overall health.
Apples and berries
Not only do these add a great dose of flavor to any smoothie, they’re also packed with antioxidants, which can help reduce your risk of gum disease! Many berries are also vitamin rich, to boost your immune system and overall health.
Oranges and kiwis
Kiwis and oranges are both in the top 10 when it comes to natural food sources of vitamin C. Vitamin C is known for helping bolster your immune system, but it can also do things like reduce inflammation in your gums!
Full of vitamins and minerals, leafy greens are a staple of salads, but they can also add a heaping helping of nutrition to a smoothie. Spinach and kale aren’t terribly sweet, though, so you’ll probably want to combine these with berries or an apple to get a better smoothie flavor.
Water or milk.
In order to be smooth, smoothies need liquid. Water is a great solution for hydration, but sometimes people want a thicker smoothie. In that case, milk (and calcium-enriched milk replacements) can provide a dose of calcium to help build strong teeth and also reduce the level of acidity in the mouth.
Mix and match different flavor combos to create the perfect smoothie for you and keep your diet interesting. Just don’t forget that, while all of the ingredients we listed may be healthy and natural, most fruits and such do contain natural sugars, which can damage your teeth over time. So just be sure to brush after you enjoy your morning smoothie and make regular visits to see your Overland Park dentist!
Call Watts Family Dental at (913) 338-3384 to schedule an appointment or chat with a member of our friendly staff anytime!