How to have a Healthier Halloween with Oasis Dental Care
Tuesday 6th September 2016, posted in Patient News
It’s that time of year again. Out come the trick or treaters and all the sweeties and sugary stuff you can imagine, and we ask the same question- “How can we resist?”…”What other options do we have?” and so forth. However, Halloween doesn’t have to be a time for neglecting your own personal dental health or an occasion for your kids or family to do the same. In fact, it can be a great time to teach your kids about good oral health, without depriving them of “treats”.
As part of our “Brushing Up On Brushing Campaign”, we carried out groundbreaking and informative research, which showed us that a whopping 20% of our kids require dental treatment by the time they’re five. What’s important to remember in relation to these statistics is what our dentist and Head of Clinical Services –Eddie Coyle says- “It’s not only brushing that impacts hugely on children’s oral health, but it’s also cutting down on sugary snacks – that is crucial”.
We want you to have a healthy Halloween so that’s why we’ve teamed up with health blogger and coach Laura Agar-Wilson, founder of Wholeheartedhealthy to bring you two fantastic low-sugar recipes courtesy of the blog. You can thank Laura over on Twitter if you like, and let us know your thoughts on Twitter and Facebook. Lastly, we’d love even more if you shared some pictures of the tasty recipes cooked up.
1. Spooky Salted Almond Butter Fudge (GF, DF, P, V)
These are perfect little treats to give to trick-or-treaters or to keep as snacks over the holidays. With only 6 ingredients- they’re easy to make and as for the Almond Butter, Meridian is a great choice and it’s 100% roasted almonds.
- ½ cup of Coconut Oil
- ½ Cup of Almond Butter
- ¼ Full Fat Tinned Coconut Milk
- ¼ cup of Liquid Sweetener- Agave or Honey
- ½ cup of Chopped Almonds
- ¼ -½ teaspoon of Sea Salt (depending on your preferences)
o Melt the coconut oil in the microwave or over a bowl of warm water.
o Mix in the almond butter, coconut milk and honey. Stir in the chopped almonds and sea salt.
o Line a lunch box or small baking tray with cling film. Pour in the fudge mix.
o Leave in the fridge to set before removing and slicing into pieces.
Store in the fridge for a week or for a few months in the freezer.
2. Chilling Cashew Coconut Dark Truffles
This one is a little tougher to make but worth it. Make sure you use dark chocolate (70%+) to keep sugar content very low.
For Filling Truffles
- ½ cup of Cashew Butter
- 2 cups of Desiccated coconut
- 2 tbsp of Honey (or Agave)
- ½ cup of Chopped Almonds
- 2 tbsp Coconut Oil (melted)
- ½ teaspoon of Sea Salt
For Coating the Truffles
- 100g 70%+ Dark Chocolate
For Final Coating
- Chopped cashews
- Sprinkle of Sea Salt
- Raw Cacao Powder (optional)
o Combine the cashew butter, coconut and honey together in a bowl. Add the melted coconut oil in a drizzle and stir well to combine. Wrap the mixture in cling film and chill in the fridge to firm up for 30 minutes.
o Roll the mixture into small balls. Return to the fridge to chill and firm again.
o Line a tray with greaseproof paper. Melt the dark chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan. Prepare your toppings.
o Dip each ball in the melted chocolate to coat it well and place the tray then immediately sprinkle on your toppings. Chill again until firm then eat.
Store at room temperature for a week.
Halloween doesn’t have to mean bad news for your teeth, there’s lots of other things you can do to make sure you take extra special care-brush at least twice a day, floss and drink as much water as possible.
It’s also the perfect time to take advantage of the holidays and book yourself or your family in for a dental check-up. Locate your nearest Oasis practice and call the team there- they’ll fit you in at a time that suits. As the UK’s leading provider of NHS and private dental treatment, you’re in expertly hands.
Take Care & Happy Healthy Cooking this Halloween!
Oasis Dental Care