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Braces-Friendly Holiday Recipes


When the holiday season arrives, there’s no need for people with ceramic or metal braces affixed to their teeth to miss out on some traditional foods. While there are a few holiday foods, snacks, and sweets that can damage braces, there are still many delicious foods that are safe to eat when you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment. Below are a few braces-friendly recipes that have been given the stamp of approval by your Merced, Los Banos, and Fresno orthodontists that all our patients wearing braces can enjoy.

Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce

Nothing beats the taste of homemade applesauce and it’s an easy dish to make. It makes a delicious side dish for a pork meal and is yummy served warm with a dollop of ice cream or natural yogurt on top.


8 large apples, peeled, cored and quartered (use apples that are good for cooking like Granny Smith, McIntosh, Jonathan or Golden Delicious)

4 strips of lemon peel (use a vegetable peeler to strip four length of zest only, not the inside of the lemons)

3 to 4 tablespoons lemon juice (according to your taste)

4 inches of cinnamon stick

¼ cup brown sugar

Up to ¼ cup white sugar

1 cup water

½ teaspoon salt


Put the prepared apples in a large pot along with the lemon peel strips, the lemon juice, cinnamon stick, brown sugar, white sugar, water and salt. (you can begin with just half the sugars, adding more to taste later if you wish)

Bring to a boil on high heat, then lower the temperature. Put a lid on the pot and simmer for about ½ hour until the apples are completely soft and cooked through. Remove the pot from the stove and carefully take out the cinnamon stick and lemon peel. Then mash the cooked apples using a potato masher to a soft chunky consistency. If the applesauce is not sweet enough, add a bit more sugar and if it’s too sweet, add more lemon juice.


Garlic Mashed Potatoes

This crowd-pleasing dish is one everyone can enjoy, whether they’re wearing braces or not. These delicious mashed potatoes make the ideal side dish to go along with that holiday turkey meal you’re planning.


3 ½ pounds russet potatoes

16 ounces of half-and-half cream

2 tablespoons kosher salt

6 ounces grated Parmesan cheese

6 garlic cloves, crushed


Peel the potatoes and cut them into similar-sized pieces. Put the cut potatoes into a large pot, add the salt and cover with water. Bring the potatoes to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to a rolling boil. Cook until the potatoes are soft.

In a saucepan, heat up the cream and crushed garlic until it simmers. Remove from heat and set aside. Then drain the potatoes, put them back in the pot they were cooked in and add the cream & garlic mixture and the Parmesan cheese. Mash the potatoes well then serve.


Yummy Soft Gingerbread Cookies

These soft and delectable gingerbread cookies are nothing short of amazing and they taste great with a cup of hot cocoa after spending time outside.


2 ½ cups flour

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon baking soda

¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground cloves

¼ teaspoon salt

¾ cup softened margarine

1 cup sugar plus 2 tablespoons

1 egg

¼ cup molasses

1 tablespoon water


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together all the dry ingredients (except the sugar) and set aside. In another bowl, mix together the 1 cup of sugar with the margarine until it’s light and fluffy. Then beat in the egg, water and molasses. Slowly stir the dry ingredients into the molasses mixture until a dough is formed. Then roll the dough in 1 ½” sized balls. Roll the balls into the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. Place the sugared balls (2 inches apart from each other) onto an ungreased cookie sheet and press down lightly the back of a spoon.

Bake the cookies for about 10 minutes until done. Then remove from oven and allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes before placing on a wire rack to cool completely.

Contact Us Today With Any Questions!

If you have any questions about what foods you can and cannot enjoy when you’re wearing braces, feel free to CONTACT US as we’re always more than happy to talk with you! Since schools are closed and many adults have time off from work, the holiday season is a great time to see an orthodontist. If you are interested in improving your smile with braces or Invisalign, REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT with us today!

Merced Office

Merced Office
750 W. Olive Ave., Suite 102
Merced, CA 95348
Phone: 209-723-3776

Fresno Office

Fresno Office
373 East Warner Ave., Suite 101
Fresno, CA US 93710
Phone: 559.435.5300


750 W. Olive Ave., Suite 102
Merced, CA 95348




373 East Warner Ave., Suite 101
Fresno, CA 93710




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