Traveling is about scenic spots, cultural immersion, and good food. But when eating out can seem out of your budget, make the most out of the place’s lovely weather and beautiful fields with a picnic party for the whole family.
And, while you are at it, make sure the food you will be bringing are nutritious and tooth-friendly. Here are some food recommendations for your family picnic.
Add extra cheese to your sweet family moments
Cheese does not only provide additional flavor to dishes, but it is also a source of important vitamins and minerals which help in strengthening the teeth. It has calcium for healthy teeth and protein casein for keeping the enamel strong.
Cheese also maintains the pH balance of the mouth and stimulates the production of saliva. Additionally, it has probiotics or healthy bacteria which fight bad oral bacteria in the mouth and other parts of the body. By fighting off harmful bacteria, cavity development, gum disease, and other dental problems are prevented.
For your picnic, you can try cheese cubes, cheese dip with breadsticks, herb cream cheese on baguette slices, and brie cheese on crackers.
Go for a taste of the sea with fishes
Aside from its fresh taste and a healthier alternative to pork or beef, fishes are also helpful in replenishing lost mineral which is important in enamel health. As the teeth undergo a lot from food consumption, speaking, and other activities, the tooth enamel can wear and expose the dentin leading to weak and sensitive teeth. Fishes can provide the needed phosphorus to repair the enamel and defend it against wear.
There are a variety of dishes you can try with fishes such as tuna salad, fish tacos, and smoked salmon on crackers. If fishes are not your preference, you can choose other seafood like shrimp.
Have a bite of celery
The thought of eating celery may not sit well with most people, but this vegetable is filled with fiber. Its crunchy, chewy, and fibrous texture is very helpful in maintaining the cleanliness of our mouth as it can act like a toothbrush. Aside from cleaning the teeth, it can also contribute to saliva protection which is crucial in combatting oral bacteria and stopping them from reproducing.
When you are on a picnic, you can include celery in your picnic meals by eating it with peanut butter, as an ingredient in a pasta salad or vegetable soup, and as a garnish to an apple salad with mustard vinaigrette.
More tips for a fun and healthy picnic
- Leave sugary and acidic drinks like coffee, alcoholic beverages, and soda at home as they can wear the enamel and increase the likelihood of cavities. Instead, make a fresh fruit juice or smoothie, or go for water with mint and sliced cucumbers.
- Opt for bananas with some almonds and drizzle of honey for desserts or other foods with less sugar. You can also eat fresh fruits instead of sugary treats.
- Go soft with your teeth by limiting hard and sticky foods which have a high possibility of getting stuck in your teeth.
- Bring toothpicks! Brushing your teeth may not be easy while you are out on picnic grounds, so use toothpicks instead to remove stuck foods between your teeth and to prevent them from lingering.