Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili

Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili

Ingredients

  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups organic vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash
  • 1 (28-ounce) can no-salt- added tomatoes, undrained and chopped
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions

Preparation

  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Cut bell peppers in half lengthwise. Remove and discard seeds and membranes. Place pepper halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet. Broil 15 minutes or until blackened. Place pepper halves in a zip-top plastic bag; seal. Let stand 15 minutes. Peel and chop peppers.
  3. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion; cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in cumin and next 4 ingredients (through garlic); cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add bell peppers, broth, squash, and tomatoes; bring to a simmer. Cook 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add beans; simmer 25 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with green onions.

Recipe from Cooking Light

Eating with Braces

If you’ve been seeing an orthodontist for any length of time and you are preparing for corrective dental measures, you’ve probably been told at least once of a laundry list of foods you can’t eat. Braces of all types have restrictions on diet, usually because certain foods can damage or get inextricably stuck in the apparatus. Foods like caramels, seeds, popcorn, all can damage your braces or just get frustratingly wedged between teeth or wires, causing discomfort at best or a trip to your orthodontist for repairs at worst.

Fortunately, there are many delicious recipes available for you to enjoy, regardless of dietary or dental restrictions. This three-bean vegetarian chili is a great way to add some spice to your life without messing up your braces or hurting your teeth.

Healthy eating is an important part of any sensible lifestyle, but it’s doubly important when you’re enhancing the smile of yourself or a loved one. Even if you’re working with Invisalign trays instead of conventional aligners, this three-bean vegetarian chili recipe will still be a family favorite and one you can enjoy without worrying about how it will affect your progress.

Focusing on healthy, easy-to-eat foods is a great way to get proper nutrition, but it also helps relieve the stress of worrying about if a food is treatment-acceptable. Having an arsenal of family-approved recipes like this chili will go a long way to ensuring a happy crew, regardless of what their dietary restrictions might be. This hearty chili is easy to prepare, makes more than enough for leftovers for the next day’s lunch or dinner, and best of all, it’s incredibly delicious.

Call Us Today

In Ohio, adults, teenagers and children can visit King Orthodontics to have a complimentary consultation with an orthodontist. At our facilities, we have two experts, including:

• Dr. Sam King
• Dr. Jack King

We have two offices where we examine and treat patients, and you can call:

• Fairborn – 937-433-0830
• Centerville – 937-433-0830

Our patients are treated with customized orthodontia that includes:

• Invisalign – for teens or adults
• Clear braces – made of color-matching ceramic materials
• Metal – traditional metal brackets and wires

Schedule an appointment with us today for a complete evaluation to learn about the type of orthodontia required for you or your child’s teeth, and remember to ask about our recipe for vegan sweet potato soup.

King Orthodontics, 400 East Dayton, Yellow Springs Rd. Fairborn, OH 45324

Phone: (937) 878-1561 Fax: (937) 433-9530

Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili

Gluten-Free Grain Free Caprese Mini Pizzas

Gluten-Free Grain Free Caprese Mini Pizzas

Ingredients

Crust

  • 5 cups cauliflower florets
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup low-moisture part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese (3 oz)
  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Toppings

  • 2 plum (Roma) tomatoes, thinly sliced (at least 18 slices)
  • 6 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 6 slices
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 5 large fresh basil leaves, shredded

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 425°F. Line cookie sheet with cooking parchment paper; spray paper with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Place half of the cauliflower in food processor. Cover; process until very finely ground. Repeat with other half of cauliflower. Transfer to microwavable bowl. There should be about 3 cups of packed cauliflower.
  3. Microwave cauliflower uncovered on High 5 minutes. Meanwhile, place colander over a large bowl. Line colander with kitchen towel. Transfer microwaved cauliflower to towel; set aside to cool about 10 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Squeeze water from cauliflower by wrapping the towel around it and twisting. Remove as much liquid as possible. Set aside to cool 5 minutes.
  4. In medium bowl, beat egg, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese with fork. Add cauliflower, and combine using hands, kneading mixture together. Discard any large bits of cauliflower.
  5. Sprinkle shredded Parmesan in 6 small mounds on cookie sheet. Divide dough into 6 equal balls; shape into hockey puck shapes. Place 1 piece of dough on top of each mound of Parmesan. Gently press out dough into discs, about 1/4 inch thick. Press together any ragged edges to prevent burning.
  6. Bake crust without toppings 20 to 25 minutes or until easy to turn; remove from oven, and use pancake turner to gently peel and release pizzas from parchment. Turn over pizzas, and top with 3 tomato slices per pizza, 1 slice fresh mozzarella, salt and pepper. Bake 8 minutes. Top with shredded basil.

Recipe From Betty Crocker

The Wonderful World of Braces

If you or your child are about to step into the world of braces, and you are wondering…”what in the world will they be able to eat without getting food stuck in their teeth, much less that tastes good?”

For those who have children with special dietary needs, this issue becomes compounded. The gluten and grain-free options out there tend to get stuck in braces fairly easy, and they can cause an absolute mess!

Well, fear no more because this orthodontist office has the solution for you! Caprese pizza is one of the tastiest snacks on the market that we have found kids of all ages and sizes enjoy. It comes with all of the regular toppings of your average pizza, but its soft crust is something that anyone can enjoy.

Plus, caprese pizza is completely gluten AND grain free, making it a fun-food of choice for those children who struggle with gluten intolerance (also known as Celiac’s disease) and who may be gluten or grain-sensitive.

It is relatively easy to make, if you prefer to go that route, and it can also be bought from most grocery stores nowadays at a very reasonable price. Furthermore, it comes in all shapes and sizes, and it sports multiple different cheeses and toppings to appeal to taste buds of all varieties.

Thankfully, the soft crust will not impact the teeth of those who are going through the invisalign program, and none of the ingredients will stain your or your child’s teeth so long as they are brushed within a couple of hours of eating.

So, if you have been looking for a food that anyone will enjoy, that is orthodontist approved, that is braces and invisalign friendly, and that has no grain or gluten-based ingredients, look no further than our caprese pizza recipe! You tummy (and your teeth) will be sure to say thank you!

Call Us Today

In Ohio, adults, teenagers and children can visit King Orthodontics to have a complimentary consultation with an orthodontist. At our facilities, we have two experts, including:

• Dr. Sam King
• Dr. Jack King

We have two offices where we examine and treat patients, and you can call:

• Fairborn – 937-433-0830
• Centerville – 937-433-0830

Our patients are treated with customized orthodontia that includes:

• Invisalign – for teens or adults
• Clear braces – made of color-matching ceramic materials
• Metal – traditional metal brackets and wires

Schedule an appointment with us today for a complete evaluation to learn about the type of orthodontia required for you or your child’s teeth, and remember to ask about our recipe for vegan sweet potato soup.

King Orthodontics, 400 East Dayton, Yellow Springs Rd. Fairborn, OH 45324

Phone: (937) 878-1561 Fax: (937) 433-9530

Gluten-Free Grain Free Caprese Mini Pizzas

Vegan Sweet Potato Soup

Vegan Sweet Potato Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp vegan Thai red curry paste
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 660g /1 lb 7 oz sweet potatoes, diced
  • 400ml / 14 fl oz canned reduced-fat coconut milk
  • 1 litre / 1¾ pints vegan stock
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 30g / 1 oz finely chopped fresh coriander, to garnish

Method

  1. In a large, heavy-based saucepan, heat the oil over a medium–high heat. Add the onion and ginger and cook, stirring, for about 5 minutes or until soft.
  2. Add the curry paste and salt and cook, stirring, for a further minute or so. Add the sweet potatoes, coconut milk and stock and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, for about 20 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are soft.
  3. Purée the soup, either in batches in a blender or food processor or using a hand-held blender. Return the soup to the heat and bring back up to a simmer. Just before serving, stir in the lime juice.
  4. Serve hot, garnished with coriander.

Recipe from Vegan Society

The Perfect Meal

Tasty vegan sweet potato soup is the perfect meal for someone who has just begun to wear braces. A patient’s gum tissue and teeth can sometimes feel sensitive as they begin orthodontic treatment, and a warm soup made of pureed sweet potatoes mixed with seasonings provides the nutrients needed to remain healthy. Many orthodontic patients must wear Invisalign aligners or other orthodontic treatments for as long as four years, and during that time, it is essential to continue consuming a diet that keeps teeth strong.

Modern Diagnostic Equipment

Finding an orthodontist with state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment is the best way to determine if aligners are required for your child’s teeth. With modern three-dimensional imaging, it is possible to view what will happen to your child’s mouth with or without orthodontic treatment. For mild misalignments, your child can wear clear aligners for up to a year, but for serious malocclusions, you child will need to wear braces for a longer amount of time. There are certain types of food that an orthodontic patient shouldn’t eat to avoid damaging brackets or wires, but delicious vegan sweet potato soup is highly recommended.

Call Us Today

In Ohio, adults, teenagers and children can visit King Orthodontics to have a complimentary consultation with an orthodontist. At our facilities, we have two experts, including:

• Dr. Sam King
• Dr. Jack King

We have two offices where we examine and treat patients, and you can call:

• Fairborn – 937-433-0830
• Centerville – 937-433-0830

Our patients are treated with customized orthodontia that includes:

• Invisalign – for teens or adults
• Clear braces – made of color-matching ceramic materials
• Metal – traditional metal brackets and wires

Schedule an appointment with us today for a complete evaluation to learn about the type of orthodontia required for you or your child’s teeth, and remember to ask about our recipe for vegan sweet potato soup.

King Orthodontics, 400 East Dayton, Yellow Springs Rd. Fairborn, OH 45324

Phone: (937) 878-1561 Fax: (937) 433-9530

Vegan Sweet Potato Soup

Gluten-Free Amaretti Biscuits

Gluten-Free Amaretti Biscuits

Ingredients

  • unsalted butter , for greasing
  • 4 large free-range egg whites
  • 350 g caster sugar
  • 350 g ground almonds
  • 30 ml amaretto liqueur
  • icing sugar

Preparation

  • Preheat the oven to 170ºC/gas 3, and grease and line two baking sheets.In a bowl, whisk the egg whites until firm. Gently fold in the sugar, almonds and amaretto to make a smooth paste.Using a teaspoon or a piping bag, place dollops of the mixture on the trays, 2cm apart.Bake in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until lightly golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool, before dusting with icing sugar.

Recipe from http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/uncategorised-recipes/amaretti-biscuits/#4qt02UlH3Fjp4Yxg.99

Enjoy the Flavor of Almonds

To avoid breaking wires or brackets while wearing braces, you cannot eat hard foods such as nuts. However, it is still possible to enjoy gluten-free amaretti biscuits each day to enjoy the delicious taste of almonds. Gluten-free amaretti biscuits are made with almond flour instead of grain-based flour, leading to a food that has a mild nutty flavor. These biscuits are slightly crunchy on the outside but chewy on the inside, and your orthodontist highly recommends this food as a tasty treat. It is also possible to add other ingredients to this gluten-free biscuit to have a variety of desserts and snacks.

Learn How to Bake Sweet Treats

If you are a parent of a teenager who must wear plastic Invisalign aligners, then they are probably worried that flavorful treats are off-limits, but with the right recipes, they can still eat sweet foods such as biscuits that are coated with sugar. Your orthodontist can provide an assortment of recipes that are acceptable to eat while undergoing orthodontic treatment. For patients with a gluten allergy, learning how to cook is essential in order to have baked goods that are safe to eat.

Schedule a Complimentary Consultation at King Orthodontics

When you live in Ohio, it is easy to visit King Orthodontics at one of our two facilities that are located in:

• Fairborn
• Centerville

We offer a complimentary consultation after completing an examination with modern medical images. You can schedule an appointment with either:

• Dr. Jack King
• Dr. Sam King

Our patients might need to wear orthodontic devices such as:

• Plastic Invisalign aligners created for adults and children
• Metal bracket and wire braces primarily worn by children
• Color-matching ceramic brackets that are not noticeable in your mouth
• Retainers that are worn when orthodontic treatment is almost completed

Call us at 937-433-0830 today to schedule your first appointment.

King Orthodontics, 400 East Dayton, Yellow Springs Rd. Fairborn, OH 45324

Phone: (937) 878-1561 Fax: (937) 433-9530

Gluten-Free Amaretti Biscuits

Gluten-Free Mediterranean Chicken

Gluten-Free Mediterranean Chicken

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (5 oz each)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 ½ cups cherry tomatoes, halved (about 10 oz)
  • ¼ cup olive tapenade

Directions

  • Place chicken breasts on sheet of waxed paper. Sprinkle 1/8 teaspoon of the salt evenly over chicken breasts; sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of the basil; press lightly. Turn chicken breasts over. Sprinkle remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt over chicken; sprinkle with 2 tablespoons basil. Cover with another sheet of waxed paper. Pound chicken with rolling pin or meat mallet to 1/2-inch thickness.
  • In 12-inch skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken breasts. Cook 5 to 6 minutes on each side or until golden brown on outside and no longer pink in center. Remove chicken to plate; cover to keep warm.
  • Return skillet to medium-high heat. Add tomatoes and tapenade to skillet. Cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes or until tomatoes just begin to soften and mixture is heated through. Serve tomato mixture over chicken; top with remaining 2 tablespoons basil.

Recipe from Betty Crocker

Prepare Tasty Foods

It is important to continue consuming nutritious meals while undergoing orthodontic treatment for six months to four years. A gluten-free Mediterranean chicken dish provides a variety of nutrients from lemon juice, vegetables, and chicken. This recipe requires cutting vegetables and chicken into bite-size pieces before cooking it until is cooked and soft enough to chew. You will need easy to chew foods while you are wearing braces or Invisalign aligners because your gum tissue becomes more sensitive. The sensitivity of your tongue, gum tissue and palate are caused by the gentle pressure from wearing orthodontia, but you will become accustomed to the changes in your mouth within a few weeks.

Consume a Healthy Diet

While you might feel frustrated by wearing aligners or braces, it is vital to remember that the process of straightening your teeth requires only a few months or years. However, orthodontic treatment lasts a lifetime, and you will be glad that you do not have wide gaps between your teeth. If you are a parent of a child who needs to see an orthodontist, then you must also make sure that they are consuming a well-rounded diet that contains all of the food groups. A growing child needs protein and vitamins to maintain their energy levels while developing strong teeth and bones.

Contact an Orthodontist Today

King Orthodontics offers high-quality orthodontic care from two orthodontist, including:

• Dr. Sam King
• Dr. Jack King

Patients can contact us at 937-433-0830 to schedule a complimentary consultation to determine if they or their child needs to wear:

• Metal wire and bracket braces
• Invisalign aligners
• Ceramic devices
• Damon System orthodontics
• Retainers

It is possible for patients to schedule an appointment with us at either our Fairborn or Centerville location. While visiting our orthodontic facilities, we suggest requesting more tasty recipes to make while undergoing orthodontic treatment.  We offer a complimentary consultation after an examination to discuss you or your child’s orthodontic requirements.

King Orthodontics, 400 East Dayton, Yellow Springs Rd. Fairborn, OH 45324

Phone: (937) 878-1561 Fax: (937) 433-9530

Gluten-Free Mediterranean Chicken

Vegan Pasta Peperonata

vegan pasta pepperonata

INGREDIENTS

  • 12ounces pasta(3/4 box)
  • 1/4cup pine nuts
  • 1/4cup olive oil
  • 3bell peppers (preferably red and yellow), cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2cup pitted kalamata olives, halved
  • 1/4cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2tablespoons chopped capers
  • 2tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • kosher salt and black pepper

DIRECTIONS

  • Heat oven to 400º F. Cook the pasta according to the package directions.
  • Spread the pine nuts on a rimmed baking sheet and toast, tossing occasionally, until golden brown, 4 to 6 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the bell peppers and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Add the olives, parsley, capers, vinegar, red pepper, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until heated though, 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add the pasta and pine nuts to the skillet and cook, tossing, for 1 minute.

Recipe from Real Simple

A Healthy Dish

Orthodontic work, and sometimes work on braces in particular, can leave teeth sore. The solution is soft foods that don’t make the teeth do too much work. But there is only so much soup and yogurt that a person can eat without longing for a little more variety in their diet. Even the joys of ice cream can become too much, and anyway, its sugar content means it is not good for teeth. Busy moms who want to keep both their family and the orthodontist happy have a tall order on their hands.

The solution is to look into cooking more creatively. Pasta is a soft alternative to some of the other foods available. Of course, tomato sauce isn’t the best thing for teeth either because it has a tendency to stain the enamel over time. A pasta with vegetables is nutritious and easy to eat and won’t introduce harmful substances such as sugar to the teeth.

Teeth Friendly Foods

Another consideration with both invisalign braces and the more visible kind is getting food trapped. Flossing regularly is important, but so is serving food that won’t stick in teeth and create problems later. A dish like a vegan rigatoni peperonata is the perfect solution.

Vegan rigatoni peperonata has such bold flavors that even dairy lovers won’t miss the cheese in it. This flavor-filled dish can even be made with other types of short pasta if it entices kids to eat more, but it’s sophisticated enough to please the palates and aesthetics of adults as well.

How to Schedule an Appointment

At King Orthodontics in Ohio, patients can request recipes that are designed to maintain the health of their teeth and gums while they are wearing Invisalign aligners. We have offices located in:

• Fairborn
• Centerville

Our patients receive a state-of-the-art examination with three-dimensional imaging equipment to determine the best type of orthodontic treatments to repair misaligned teeth. You can schedule an appointment with an orthodontist by calling us at 937-433-0830. We have two knowledgeable orthodontists available, including:

• Dr. Jack King
• Dr. Sam King

We offer a complimentary consultation after an examination to discuss you or your child’s orthodontic requirements.

King Orthodontics, 400 East Dayton, Yellow Springs Rd. Fairborn, OH 45324

Phone: (937) 878-1561 Fax: (937) 433-9530

Vegan Pasta Pepperonata

Vegan Quinoa Tabbouleh

VeganQuinoaTabbouleh

Ingredients

1 3/4 cups water

1 cup uncooked quinoa

1/2 cup coarsely chopped seeded tomato

1/2 cup chopped fresh mint or parsley

1/4 cup chopped cucumber

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons chopped green onions

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

2 teaspoons minced fresh onion

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

Combine water and quinoa in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat; fluff with a fork. Stir in tomato and remaining ingredients. Cover; let stand 1 hour. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Recipe from Cooking Light

Consume a Healthy Diet While Wearing Invisalign Aligners

Vegan quinoa tabbouleh provides a nourishing high-protein meal that is easy to chew while becoming accustomed to wearing metal or ceramic braces. In the first few weeks after beginning orthodontic treatment to repair your malocclusions, your mouth will feel sensitive, and an orthodontist will recommend consuming soft foods that do not irritate your gums or tongue. You must eat a healthy diet each day while undergoing orthodontic treatment to keep your bones and teeth strong. If you consume vitamins and minerals, then you are less likely to develop cavities in your teeth.

How to Avoid Damaging Your Teeth

Wearing Invisalign aligners or metal braces will require you to take special hygienic care of your teeth with additional flossing and brushing to avoid a buildup of plaque. Chewing hard foods such as popcorn or meat can damage ceramic or wire brackets. This is a good time to explore new recipes that contain vegetables and grains rather than meat and dairy products. With vegan recipes, you won’t need to worry about chipping a tooth or breaking a wire with a bone. You might enjoy eating a vegan diet during your orthodontic treatment and never want to eat meat again.

How to Schedule an Appointment

At King Orthodontics in Ohio, patients can request recipes that are designed to maintain the health of their teeth and gums while they are wearing Invisalign aligners. We have offices located in:

• Fairborn
• Centerville

Our patients receive a state-of-the-art examination with three-dimensional imaging equipment to determine the best type of orthodontic treatments to repair misaligned teeth. You can schedule an appointment with an orthodontist by calling us at 937-433-0830. We have two knowledgeable orthodontists available, including:

• Dr. Jack King
• Dr. Sam King

We offer a complimentary consultation after an examination to discuss you or your child’s orthodontic requirements.

King Orthodontics, 400 East Dayton, Yellow Springs Rd. Fairborn, OH 45324

Phone: (937) 878-1561 Fax: (937) 433-9530

Vegan Quinoa Tabbouleh

Spicy Vegan Cajun Rice

Spicy Vegan Cajun Rice

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen pepper-and-onion blend
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • ¾ cup rice
  • 1 ½ tsp. Cajun seasoning
  • 1 cup cooked black-eyed peas

Preparation

1. Pulse frozen pepper-and-onion blend in food processor until chopped.

2. Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add chopped frozen vegetables, and sauté 5 minutes, or until most of liquid has evaporated. Stir in rice and Cajun seasoning. Pour in 2 cups water, cover, and reduce heat to medium-low. Cover, and simmer for 12 minutes, or until all of liquid has been absorbed. Stir in black-eyed peas, and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Let stand, covered, 5 minutes before serving.

Recipe from Vegetarian Times

Healthy Foods For Braces

Braces may be a rite of passage into adolescence, but it isn’t necessarily one without bumps or complications. A sore mouth coupled with a long list of foods that the orthodontist says are off limits can equal a whole lot of frustration. As a parent, it’s a good idea to have a list of your own, one that identifies the soft, healthy foods your teen can enjoy.

Having braces put on can lead to a sore mouth and a sore mouth makes eating difficult. A hungry teen in pain can be challenging for the best of us. Fortunately, it does get better, and it usually gets better fast. You may, however, need to add a list of soft and non-sticky foods to your bag of tricks when the orthodontist tightens the braces, which often causes a new round of discomfort.

Of all the foods that many teens miss when invisalign is in place, high among them tends to be popcorn, pasta and (of course) many types of candy. Additionally, many think that orthodontia suddenly means the end of anything flavorful. Don’t let them throw too big of a pity party on that account, however. After all, there are many tasty and healthy snacks and meals for even the most picky of palettes.

For those of us with kids who seem to grimace after a mere hint of flavor, smoothies are often a hit. No chewing is needed and the cold temperature offers a bit of respite from the pain. You may want to stock up with your teen’s favorite smoothie ingredients ahead of time. Things like bananas and juice are pretty standard. On the other hand, if you’re fortunate enough to have a more adventurous palette to feed, try this tasty, flavorful spicy vegan Cajun rice.

How to Schedule an Appointment

At King Orthodontics in Ohio, patients can request recipes that are designed to maintain the health of their teeth and gums while they are wearing Invisalign aligners. We have offices located in:

• Fairborn
• Centerville

Our patients receive a state-of-the-art examination with three-dimensional imaging equipment to determine the best type of orthodontic treatments to repair misaligned teeth. You can schedule an appointment with an orthodontist by calling us at 937-433-0830. We have two knowledgeable orthodontists available, including:

• Dr. Jack King
• Dr. Sam King

We offer a complimentary consultation after an examination to discuss you or your child’s orthodontic requirements.

King Orthodontics, 400 East Dayton, Yellow Springs Rd. Fairborn, OH 45324

Phone: (937) 878-1561 Fax: (937) 433-9530

Spicy Vegan Cajun Rice

Gluten-Free Chicken & Fruit Salad

Gluten-Free Chicken & Fruit Salad

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons fruit-flavored vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 8 cups mixed salad greens
  • 2 cups sliced cooked chicken breast, (see Tip)
  • 2 cups chopped melon, such as cantaloupe and/or honeydew
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (see Tip)
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

PREPARATION

  1. Whisk sour cream, vinegar, sugar, poppy seeds, salt and pepper in a large bowl until smooth. Reserve 1/4 cup of the dressing in a small bowl. Add the mixed greens to the large bowl and toss to coat. Divide among 4 plates and top with chicken, melon, walnuts and feta. Drizzle each portion with 1 tablespoon of the reserved dressing.

Recipe from Eating Well

A Healthy Choice

While you might try to limit your own and your children’s consumption of sugar-laden drinks, when thinking about a healthy meal, you may not have considered what nutrients teeth need to stay healthy. It is much more common to consider whether or not the meal has too much fat or if it contains a good balance of proteins and carbohydrates. However, just like any other part of the body, teeth need certain types of nutrients to thrive. The last thing you want is to undo all the good work of invisalign braces or other work by your orthodontist with meals that do not support and contribute to healthy teeth.

A gluten-free chicken fruit salad is a balanced and healthy choice. Making a recipe gluten-free increases its usefulness. Even if no one in your family suffers from problems with gluten, this ensures that it can go from the dinner table to the office potluck to a picnic to help feed those with more restrictive diets.

The chicken in a chicken fruit salad provides the protein that is critical for the structure and tissue of teeth. Chicken is also high in vitamin B3, and this vitamin helps to keep breath fresh and prevent canker sores. The phosphorus in chicken is good for the enamel.  Vitamin C is important for healthy gums, and fruit can provide this. Furthermore, fruit is far superior to fruit juice, which removes the fiber and leaves the sugar behind.  Crunchy foods such as raw fruits and vegetables are also great for teeth. They can help dislodge plaque and create saliva that washes it away.  Providing healthy meals for your family and making sure everyone gets the best orthodontic care possible are both important.

How to Schedule an Appointment

At King Orthodontics in Ohio, patients can request recipes that are designed to maintain the health of their teeth and gums while they are wearing Invisalign aligners. We have offices located in:

• Fairborn
• Centerville

Our patients receive a state-of-the-art examination with three-dimensional imaging equipment to determine the best type of orthodontic treatments to repair misaligned teeth. You can schedule an appointment with an orthodontist by calling us at 937-433-0830. We have two knowledgeable orthodontists available, including:

• Dr. Jack King
• Dr. Sam King

We offer a complimentary consultation after an examination to discuss you or your child’s orthodontic requirements.

King Orthodontics, 400 East Dayton, Yellow Springs Rd. Fairborn, OH 45324

Phone: (937) 878-1561 Fax: (937) 433-9530

Gluten-Free Chicken & Fruit Salad

Gluten-Free Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops with Spinach

Gluten-Free Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops with Spinach

INGREDIENTS

  • 12 large dry sea scallops, (about 1 pound; see Note)
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1 1/4 ounces very thinly sliced prosciutto, (about 3 slices), cut into 12 long strips
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 12 ounces baby spinach

PREPARATION

  1. Place rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Pat scallops dry and sprinkle both sides with lemon pepper. Wrap 1 piece of prosciutto around each scallop. Thread 3 scallops crosswise onto each skewer (securing the prosciutto to the scallop) and place on the prepared baking sheet. Broil until just cooked through, about 6 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Reserve 1 tablespoon vinaigrette in a small bowl.
  4. Place spinach in a colander and rinse under cold water. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. When hot, add handfuls of spinach (with water still clinging to it) to the pan and cook, stirring, until just wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain the spinach and add to the medium bowl; toss to coat with the vinaigrette. Divide the spinach among 4 plates and top each portion with 3 scallops. Drizzle the scallops with the reserved vinaigrette.

Recipe from Eating Well

Good Diet Good Teeth

Teeth are no different from the rest of your body in that they benefit from a nutritious diet. However, there are certain foods that are particularly good for teeth, and you can make a point of including meals in your family’s rotation that lead to healthier teeth and gums. Good nutrition is an excellent complement to invisalign braces and other treatments by your orthodontist that will contribute to a lifetime of strong teeth.

Even people who think about the connection between dental health and overall health may not realize that celiac disease can cause defects to dental enamel. These defects are not reversible, but a gluten-free diet can help prevent those defects. The key in making healthy meals is to cook something that is appealing to the taste buds as well. Gluten-free proscuitto-wrapped scallops with spinach is a delicious dish that is packed with nutrition for the teeth.  Scallops strengthen the enamel on teeth because they have a lot of phosphorus. The vitamin B12 they contain is good for the gums.  Spinach is one of the best things you can eat for your teeth. The calcium builds enamel, and they have plenty of B vitamins that also promote dental health. The protein in prosciutto is important in the structure of teeth.

Another advantage of this dish is that it is not damaging to teeth. While people might think of too much candy as being bad for dental health, they may not realize that there are other foods that can be harmful well. For example, people might be surprised to learn that crackers are not great for teeth because they convert to sugar. They also have a tendency to get lodged in the teeth.  In addition to healthy meals, a trip to the orthodontist is a good way to ensure healthy smiles. Call King Orthodontics today to discuss invisalign braces and other products and services.

How to Schedule an Appointment

At King Orthodontics in Ohio, patients can request recipes that are designed to maintain the health of their teeth and gums while they are wearing Invisalign aligners. We have offices located in:

• Fairborn
• Centerville

Our patients receive a state-of-the-art examination with three-dimensional imaging equipment to determine the best type of orthodontic treatments to repair misaligned teeth. You can schedule an appointment with an orthodontist by calling us at 937-433-0830. We have two knowledgeable orthodontists available, including:

• Dr. Jack King
• Dr. Sam King

We offer a complimentary consultation after an examination to discuss you or your child’s orthodontic requirements.

King Orthodontics, 400 East Dayton, Yellow Springs Rd. Fairborn, OH 45324

Phone: (937) 878-1561 Fax: (937) 433-9530

Gluten-Free Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops with Spinach