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Four Braces - Friendly Spring Recipes

by televoxweb on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 11:35 PM

Dr. Metcalf, Dr. Bednarz, and the entire staff at Orthodontic Associates of New England strive to be your choice if you are looking for an orthodontist in the Amherst, Hollis, or Nashua, NH areas. We feature some of the top orthodontists around and are equipped with a wide array of orthodontic treatments ranging from metal braces, ceramic braces, and Invisalign. You are sure to be pleased by choosing us!

If you are new to wearing braces, we understand that changes have to be made when it comes to the foods that can be eaten. You will want to especially be careful about eating any foods that are hard, crunchy, or sticky. That may restrict you from some of your favorites, but there are still a wide variety of foods you can choose from. Here are a few suggestions of recipes we think you will enjoy!

Strawberry Orange Banana Smoothie

If you are looking for a healthy way to start your day, look no further than this quick and easy recipe. This smoothie is guaranteed to get you energized in the morning!

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup orange juice
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries
  • 1 ripe banana
  • Ice cubes

Directions:

Blend the orange juice, strawberries, banana, and ice cubes in a blender until smooth and frothy.

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Whether you are looking for a quick bite to tide yourself over or something a little more substantial, a bowl of broccoli cheese soup should be fitting for your needs. This delicious side dish is suitable as a snack, as an appetizer to a braces-friendly main course, or even as a light meal.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 (16 ounce) package frozen chopped broccoli
  • 4 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
  • 1 (1 pound) loaf processed cheese food, cubed
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup water

Directions:

In a stockpot, melt butter over medium heat. Cook onion in butter until softened. Stir in broccoli, and cover with chicken broth. Simmer until broccoli is tender, 10 to 15 minutes.

Reduce heat, and stir in cheese cubes until melted. Mix in milk and garlic powder.

In a small bowl, stir cornstarch into water until dissolved. Stir into soup; cook, stirring frequently, until thick.

Sausage Pasta

This dish manages to be not only braces-friendly, but also filling and conscious of all food groups. This translates into a fully balanced meal. You cannot go wrong making this entrée!

Ingredients:

  • ¾ pound pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound spicy Italian sausage
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and reserve.

In a large skillet, heat oil and sausage; cook through until no longer pink. During the last 5 minutes of cooking, add onion and garlic to skillet. Add broth, basil and tomatoes with liquid.

Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes to slightly reduce. Add chopped spinach; cover skillet and simmer on reduced heat until spinach is tender.

Add pasta to skillet and mix together. Sprinkle with cheese and serve immediately.

Creamy Rice Pudding

Just because you are wearing braces does not mean you are not allowed to treat yourself with anything sweet! If you are craving a tasty dessert, here is one that is fine for consumption, even if you have braces.

Note: if you are watching the sugar or calories you intake, feel free to substitute Splenda for the sugar listed in the ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup uncooked white rice
  • 2 cups milk, divided
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Bring 1 ½ cups water to a boil in a saucepan; stir rice into boiling water. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.

In a clean saucepan, combine 1 ½ cups cooked rice, 1 ½ cups milk, sugar and salt. Cook over medium heat until thick and creamy, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in remaining ½ cup milk, beaten egg, and raisins; cook 2 minutes more, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla.

Contact Your Local Amherst, Hollis, & Nashua Orthodontist Today!

If you have any questions about braces, Invisalign, foods you can eat while wearing braces, or anything else, please feel free to contact us. Our phone number is (603) 882-2101. If you would like to set up an appointment with us, you can do so by phone or through our appointment request page. We hope to see you soon!

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