It’s officially that time of year when the sugary food options are endless, and healthy diets are postponed until after the New Year. But even though Santa can get away with eating mass quantities of cookies in one night, it’s definitely not a strategy we recommend here at Tooth Wranglers Orthodontics. Instead, we’ve hunted down some healthy, easy-to-make, alternatives for your holiday sweet tooth.

Strawberry Santas

When December comes around, it seems that no one is as popular as Santa, and these mini lookalikes will make you as jolly as the man himself. The ingredients you need for these festive treats include:

  • 1 pound of large strawberries
  • 1 (8 ounce) package of softened cream cheese
  • 3-4 tablespoons of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

To start your Santas, rinse the strawberries and cut around the top, removing enough for a hat, and set aside. If the strawberry is not already hollow, carve out the center. Once your strawberries are ready, mix cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until they are creamy. Add this mixture to a Ziploc with the corner snipped off and squeeze into the strawberries. Once they are filled, top them with the “hats!” Finally use your leftover mixture to decorate your Santas as shown. Kids and adults alike are sure to enjoy this jolly snack!

Holiday Bugle Bites

If you’re looking for a fast and festive treat that is sure to add some spirit to any party, look no further than these Holiday Bugle Bites. To create these sweet and salty snacks all you need is:

  • A bag of Bugles
  • Holiday M&Ms
  • White almond bark

Preparation of these treats is as easy as it gets. First, melt half of the package of almond bark in your microwave. Once the almond bark is melted, choose a bugle with a wide opening and dip the open end into the bark and top with an M&M. Place the bugles on wax paper and let them cool. Once the almond bark hardens they’re ready to serve!

Having braces doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy all that the holidays have to offer. If you have any questions about what foods are Dr. Hurt approved, we encourage you to check our website for a list of Foods to Avoid. To schedule an appointment in our Albuquerque office, we encourage you to contact us today! Wishing you a very happy, fun, not-too-sugary holiday season!