Healthy Lunch Ideas When You Can’t Brush Your Teeth
Did you know that most dental professionals recommend that you brush twice daily or after meals? It would be great to be able to brush our teeth after lunch but let’s be honest, who keeps a toothbrush at work?
So for those of you who may want to stay healthy during lunch, here are some suggestions to keep your teeth looking and feeling great.
1. Don’t Skip Your Dairy Foods
Foods in the dairy group contain calcium, one of the most vital nutrients for keeping your teeth healthy and strong.
Try adding a slice of cheese to your sandwich or get yourself a cup of yoghurt with some fruit or dry cereal to increase your calcium intake.
Cheese also has the added benefit of enzymes that help neutralise the bacteria that could harm your teeth after a meal. Try nibbling on a piece of low-fat cheddar after your midday meal for the added nutrients.
2. Whole Grains
Love sandwiches? Opt for wholegrain bread because they contain more nutrition than their processed counterparts. Wholegrain bread is less likely to promote tooth decay of the reduced sugar content.
A pasta person? How about trying whole-wheat pasta with vegetables and low-fat cheese?
A bowl of unsweetened oatmeal topped with dried fruit and nuts could also be another lunch option.
These choices mentioned will not only keep your belly full, but it also won’t cause as many problems with your teeth if you don’t get a chance to brush them.
3. Fruits and Vegetables
Fresh fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins and minerals that help stave off tooth decay. Berries, melon, apples, celery, carrots and cucumbers are all good salad options.
Unsweetened fruit and vegetable juices offer similar benefits and make a good on the-go choice if you have limited lunchtime.
4. Skip the Sugar, please!
We get it, sugar cravings can sometimes hit around lunchtime. If you can’t or don’t brush your teeth after lunch, sugary foods shouldn’t have a place on your lunch list. They will bathe your teeth in harmful bacteria that contribute to tooth decay.
Avoid sugary soft drinks with your meal and stay away from candy and baked desserts.
Café hoppers, please save your love for desserts for dinner when you can brush your teeth soon afterwards. Not only will your body thank you, but your teeth will too.