Valentine’s Day is known for being a day to indulge in sweets and sugary treats. While this might sound tempting, eating these types of foods can harm your teeth. You don’t have to give up celebrating the holiday, though. Keep the following tips in mind for enjoying a healthy Valentine’s Day this year.
Eat Dark Chocolate
While chocolate does have sugar that can increase your risk of tooth decay, dark chocolate offers some important health benefits. It helps boost your heart health, eases stress and makes you feel happy. If you plan on eating dark chocolate for Valentine’s Day, just make sure you do so in moderation.
Enjoy a Glass of Wine
Red wine contains antioxidants that might help lower your risk of heart problems. These antioxidants help protect your blood vessel lining and lower bad cholesterol levels. As with chocolate, it’s important to enjoy red wine in moderation. Too much of this drink can have unhealthy effects.
Brush Your Teeth
If you have some dark chocolate, red wine or both, don’t forget to brush your teeth afterward. Brushing your teeth helps get rid of sugar on your teeth from chocolate and lowers the risk of stains from red wine. If you eat any other sugary treats for the holiday, make sure you brush afterward as well.
Avoid Sticky, High-Sugar Treats
Some Valentine’s Day sweets should be avoided altogether since they’re very bad for your teeth. Caramel, lollipops, hard candy and toffee are all foods that contain high amounts of sugar. Eating sticky candy leaves sugar on your teeth longer, while harder candies can chip your teeth.
Make Yogurt-Covered Strawberries
Strawberries are a healthy treat to enjoy on Valentine’s Day. When you add yogurt that isn’t high in sugar, you can make these fruits even healthier. Dip strawberries in low-sugar or sugar-free yogurt and freeze them for a tasty treat. You can add red food coloring to plain yogurt for a more festive look.
Make Healthy Sugar Cookies
Making sugar cookies doesn’t have to mean using a lot of regular sugar, which is unhealthy for your teeth. Try making them with almond flour, coconut flour, powdered xylitol, water and coconut oil instead. Combine the ingredients into balls, flatten them and refrigerate them for tasty sugar cookies without the sugar. You can even decorate them with pink frosting made with coconut butter, coconut oil, powdered xylitol, water, vanilla extract and beet powder.
Try Avocado Truffles
Instead of having traditional truffles, which are filled with sugar, make truffle treats using mashed avocado. You’ll also need melted dark chocolate, vanilla extract, cinnamon and cocoa powder to make these treats. Roll these ingredients into balls, then refrigerate them.