According to the National Confectioners Association, Americans spend more than $1.5 billion on Easter candy every year. That gives me a bellyache and a toothache just thinking about it. It is time to make a change. Let’s hop into this Easter with a new incentive: to keep it healthy and to support our bright smiles. Here are 5 ideas for Easter baskets that promote better oral and overall health:

 

Tooth Friendly Easter BasketTea Basket:

If you’re still craving that energy boost, but want to stay away from candy, tea is a great alternative. Compounds called polyphenols, found in black and green teas, slow the growth of bacteria associated with cavities and gum disease. In fact, a study was performed at the University of Illinois that proved that those who rinse their mouth with black tea had significantly less plaque build up. Some of my favorite unique teas include Oolong tea, Chai tea, tea and Earl Grey Crème from Teavana.

 

fruit snack homemadeFruit Snacks:

Want to get down and dirty in the kitchen this Easter? Fruit Snacks is an option that you can actually make from scratch. There are some really simple recipes out there that just call for a few ingredients. This option will fill the sugar craving without artificial flavoring or preservatives. Not to mention, both kids and adults can appreciate fruit snacks.

 

 

baby_carrotsCarrots:

Sure, not quite as tempting as jelly beans and suckers; but Easter is not complete without carrots. So why not throw a few in the Easter Basket. Baby carrots are fun to snack on and add some nice color to the basket. Carrots kill harmful germs in the mouth and help prevent tooth decay.

 

 

peanut-butter-easter-eggsDark Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs

This is another treat that can appreciated by just about everyone… except people with a peanut allergy. Peanut butter is not necessarily ideal for oral health on ALL fronts, but it is a great source of protein, with about eight grams per serving. Protein is essential for keeping good, strong teeth. Peanut butter also has lots of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which promote overall bodily health.

 

 

cheese basketCheese Basket:

Every occasion calls for cheese. Let me repeat: EVERY occasion, holiday or event…calls for cheese! Eating cheese can prevent tooth decay because it neutralizes acid in the mouth. There are endless amounts of options when it comes to cheese flavor, making it an easy basket to customize.