With summer in full swing, the outdoor celebrations are bound to start. Every year around this time BBQ’s, cookouts, and picnics seem to become a part of everyone’s agenda. However, with that being said, much of the food people tend to enjoy during these seasonal celebrations isn’t exactly the best for your oral health.
Due to this, Drs. Elam, Vaugh, and Fleming, along with the rest of their staff want to post an article about what summer foods you should limit your intake of. We also took the liberty of listing a few recipes that you can make to replace these otherwise unhealthy foods that have become staples in summertime celebrations without missing out on any of their flavors.
Let’s take a closer look.
Summer Food to Avoid and What to Replace Them with for Better Oral Health
Many people know that there are certain particular foods which make up the staples in outdoor, warm weather celebrations. some of these include hot dogs, bacon burgers, and cute little triangle sandwiches.
Unfortunately, what many people aren’t aware of is that all the things listed above pose a threat to your oral health.
Because they all contain ingredients that can incite inflammation in your body. This means that your gums are susceptible to becoming puffy and red from a lack of blood flow due to this inflammation. This means gum disease can be next. After that, it’s a slippery slope of oral health complications that can all be avoided if you simply switch up your summertime eating habits just a bit.
Below are a few delicious recipes that will make cutting back on the bacon a lot easier.
Grilled Vegetable Bruschetta
- 2 red bell peppers halved lengthwise
- 2 yellow bell pepper halved lengthwise
- 2 yellow squash halved lengthwise
- 2 zucchini halved lengthwise
- 1 large sweet onion, sliced 1/4 inch thick
- 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
- Freshly ground pepper
- 5 large ripe tomatoes, diced
- 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup chopped parsley
- 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon thyme
- Ten 1-inch slices of country bread
- Brush the bell peppers, squash, zucchini and sweet onion with oil; season with salt and pepper. Grill the vegetables over moderately high heat, turning once, until charred and just tender. Discard the charred skin from the peppers. Cut the grilled vegetables into 1-inch squares and transfer to a large bowl. Add the tomatoes and red onion.
- In a small bowl, whisk the 3/4 cup of oil with the lemon juice, parsley, vinegar, garlic, and thyme. Season with salt and pepper, pour it over the vegetables and toss.
- Brush the bread on both sides with oil. Grill over moderately high heat, turning once, until toasted, 2 minutes. Spread each toast with a rounded tablespoon of the pesto, then top with the grilled vegetables
Fig, Avocado, Sunflower Sprout Salad
- large handful sunflower sprouts
- 1 black mission fig
- 1/2 a ripe avocado
- sea salt
Place the sprouts on a small plate. Chop the avocado and add to the plate. Top with a sliced fig. Add a squeeze of lemon and a little coarse sea salt over the top to finish it off.
We hope these recipes for healthy alternatives to the rather unhealthy alternatives summer can bring will inspire you to seek out more on your own. Let’s try and make this season a smile friendly one, all while taking steps to improve our overall health as well.
Until next time readers, keep smiling.