Food tips for children with braces

By admin
05 August 2014

Wearing braces is challenging and sometimes humiliating enough, without mealtimes becoming another ordeal. Here are a few tips and lunchbox ideas for children who wear braces.

Wearing braces is challenging and sometimes humiliating enough, without mealtimes becoming another ordeal. Here are a few tips and lunchbox ideas for children who wear braces.

Tips

  • Fruit salads and softs foods such as mashed potatoes and avocado pear are good options for the first week.
  • Avoid hard foods while your child’s mouth is sensitive because of the braces.
  • As your child’s mouth becomes less sensitive the main problem will be foods that get stuck in their braces. Choose soft foods that you can get rid of with some mouthwash.
  • Have your kids keep a little mouthwash or dental floss on hand in case they need it.
  • Avoid giving your kids hard or sticky things such as popcorn, sweets and coarse breads.

Tomato bredie with rice pasta

Serves 4

Preparation: 15-20 min

Cooking: about 1 hour

You’ll need:

1 kg stewing mutton with bones

salt and pepper

125 ml (½ c) flour

40 ml (8 t) olive oil

1 large onion, coarsely chopped

3 carrots, coarsely chopped

3 celery sticks, coarsely chopped

1 can (410 g) chopped tomatoes

250 ml (1 c) water

80 ml (? c) tomato paste

15 ml (1 T) soft brown sugar

250 g rice pasta

What to do:

  1. Season the mutton with salt and pepper and roll each piece in flour. Shake off excess flour.
  2. Heat some of the oil in a pot and fry the meat a little at a time until golden brown. Remove from the pot.
  3. Heat more oil and fry the onion, carrots and celery for a few minutes.
  4. Return the meat to the pot, add the tomato, water, tomato paste and brown sugar and season to taste.
  5. Simmer for about 1 hour or until the meat is soft.
  6. Stir in the rice pasta and simmer until done.

Cheesy tuna mayo quesadillas

Makes 4 portions

You’ll need:

8 large tortillas (You can also use soft brown or white bread)

2 cans (170 g each) tuna, drained

80 ml (? c) thick mayonnaise

125 ml (½ c) grated mozzarella

4 gherkins, finely chopped

salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • oil for shallow frying

What to do:

  1. Lay four of the tortillas on your work surface.
  2. Mix the tuna, mayonnaise, mozzarella and gherkins well.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Place the mixture on the tortillas and lay the other four tortillas on top like a sandwich.
  5. Heat a little oil in a large pan until hot and fry on both sides until golden brown and crisp.
  6. Cut into triangles to fit lunchboxes.

Avocado pear

Halve an avo and fill with a spread made of flaked smoked snoek or angel fish mixed with cream cheese, a little mayonnaise, lemon juice and salt and pepper.

-Mieke Vlok

Sources: you.co.za, dental.answers.com, superhealthykids.com,  huffingtonpost.com, chicagonow.com

T=tablespoon, t=teaspoon, c=cup

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