While eating high amounts of sugar is something to avoid, we all have to satisfy our sweet tooth every once in a while. And with the summer season in full swing, this is the perfect time to find new, fun dessert ideas for an outdoor barbecue or picnic in the sun. But if you have braces or have kids who are in braces, you’ll want to make sure your desserts will keep your braces in good shape. Here are five summer dessert ideas that are perfectly safe for braces.
Homemade Ice Cream Without an Ice Cream Maker
There’s no more iconic summer dessert than ice cream. And while there are plenty of braces-friendly ice cream options you can find at the store or when the ice cream truck rolls around, you can have extra fun by making it at home.
You can even make homemade ice cream without a machine. Just combine heavy whipping cream, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla extract in a bowl and whip the mixture until you see “stiff peaks.” At this point, you can add in your flavors, like peanut butter, bananas, or strawberries. Another advantage of making your own ice cream is you can make sure it only contains braces-friendly ingredients. Once your mix is complete, simply freeze it until it’s ready to eat.
Three-Ingredient Sugar Cookies
One reason some people avoid baking is it can sometimes be messy and require a variety of ingredients. But with this simple three-ingredient sugar cookie recipe, you can whip up a batch of tasty treats in no time. Just combine 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 ¼ sticks of butter, and ⅓ cup sugar, drop them by the tablespoon on a cookie sheet, and bake at 325 degrees for roughly 15 minutes. These soft cookies will taste delicious with a cold glass of milk on your lazy summer days.
Homemade Frozen Fruit Pops
This dessert idea is simple and relatively healthy due to primarily being made from real fruit. Combine blueberries or strawberries with honey, apple juice, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt. Blend the mix until you have a fine puree and then add the puree to a popsicle mold with wooden sticks. Stick them in the freezer and won’t be long until you have a refreshing healthy treat. Just be sure to only lick the popsicle and to not bite down.
Homemade Chocolate Mousse
While this seems like a complicated dessert to make, it’s relatively easy and only takes a few steps. You’ll want to have heavy whipping cream, eggs, sugar, and high-quality chocolate on hand. The results will yield a delicious dessert that will be perfectly safe for your braces. Get the full recipe here.
When you want a refreshing treat to beat the heat, you can’t go wrong with a classic smoothie. Plus, fruit smoothies provide lots of beneficial nutrition. You can use yogurt or dairy alternatives for your base and add a little ice. Then simply blend in your favorite fruits and enjoy a sweet drink. Avoid fruits with large seeds to keep your braces safe.
If you want to learn more about how to keep braces safe and about the best treatment options for you, schedule a free consultation at Milnor Orthodontics today!