Monday, April 10, 2017

Braces Friendly Recipe- Fudgy Avocado Brownies





Fudgy Avocado Brownies
Here is a great braces-friendly and heart-healthy recipe for delicious brownies! 

Ingredients:
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 medium ripe avocado, mashed
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
  • ¼ cup gluten-free flour
  • ⅓ cup dark chocolate chips

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Line an 8 x 8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil. Lightly coat with spray. Set aside.
  3. Combine avocado, oil, egg, maple syrup, and extract in a medium bowl; mix well. Set aside.
  4. Combine cocoa powder, salt, and flour in a medium bowl; mix well.
  5. Add cocoa powder mixture to avocado mixture; mix well.
  6. Add chocolate chips; mix until blended.
  7. Pour batter into prepared pan; spread to make even.
  8. Bake for 33 to 36 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  9. Cool for an hour before removing from pan. Cut into sixteen squares.


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Braces Friendly Recipe- Ham and Cheese Pinwheels



Ham and Cheese Pinwheels - these might be fun to make this weekend!

Ingredients:
  • 1 (8-oz.) tube crescent roll dough
  • 1/2 lb. deli sliced ham
  • 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 8 oz. sliced Swiss cheese
  • 4 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp. chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp. poppy seeds
Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease an 8-x-8" baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, unroll dough and separate the sheet into rectangles. Pinch the perforations to seal. Spread mustard onto each rectangle. Top with sliced ham and cheese. Starting with one short side, roll up each rectangle. Pinch edges to seal. Cut each roll into 5-6 slices. Place cut side up in baking pan.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together melted butter, garlic powder and parsley. Brush over pinwheels, then sprinkle poppy seeds on top. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the rolls are golden.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Braces Friendly Recipe- Hash brown Egg Casserole





Hash Brown and Egg Casserole
Here is a great braces-friendly recipe for breakfast this Easter weekend! 

Ingredients:
  • 1 (2 pound) package frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed
  • 1 pound pork sausage
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 5 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 12 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 2-quart baking dish. Place the hash brown potatoes in the bottom of the baking dish.
  2. Heat a skillet over medium heat and cook and stir the sausage and onion until the sausage is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink; drain. Meanwhile, whisk together the eggs, milk, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper, and pour over the potatoes. Layer with half the Cheddar cheese, the sausage mixture, and the remaining Cheddar cheese. Cover with aluminum foil.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour. Remove cover; return casserole to the oven and bake until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean, about 10 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
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Thursday, April 6, 2017

National Facial Protection Month

April is National Facial Protection Month.   We like to take this opportunity every year to remind our patients to wear mouth guards and appropriate protective gear when participating in activities that could cause injuries.  The damage caused by a ball, puck or elbow to the face can be devastating, often resulting in serious injury and a lifetime of oral health issues. Here are a few quick tips on playing it safe when playing sports:
þ  Wear a mouth guard. Mouth guards are one of the least expensive forms of protective wear and they can help prevent jaw, mouth and teeth injuries caused by a collision or fall.  Be sure to ask us about our favorite mouth guards.
þ  Wear a helmet. Helmets absorb the energy of an impact, and should be worn for activities like biking, skateboarding and in-line skating.
þ  Wear protective eyewear. Eyes are extremely vulnerable to injury during sports like soccer, baseball and hockey.

þ  Wear a face mask to avoid scratched or bruised skin. Protect that beautiful face of yours!