Smile-Friendly Summer Snacks

Smile-Friendly Summer Snacks
Posted on 05/17/2017

No matter what type of orthodontic treatment your child is undergoing, it's important to keep their teeth healthy during the summer. Drs. Najem & Lehky Orthodontics want to make sure you have some snack ideas that are not only healthy, but are also great for your children’s teeth. Check out some of our fun recipes below, and let us know if you gave them a try!


When the summer sun is beating down, you’ll love cooling off with these cool and creamy homemade popsicles. With just three ingredients, they can be made with ease and without extra sugar or artificial flavors. Naturally sweet cherries are blended with apple juice and yogurt for a nutritious snack filled with the vitamins and nutrients your teeth need most. This snack is also a great comforter for the day 


  • 1 cup (about 8 ounces) frozen unsweetened cherries, thawed
  • 2/3 cup apple juice
  • 2/3 cup vanilla soy yogurt or vanilla fat-free yogurt


Combine cherries and apple juice in a blender and blend until smooth. Add yogurt and blend just until combined. Pour mixture into 8 ice-pop molds, insert sticks and freeze until solid, about 4 hours. (You can also use small, freezable containers like 4-ounce plastic or paper cups or plastic champagne flutes as molds: Fill containers almost full and cover tops with foil, then make a small slit and insert ice-pop sticks or small bamboo skewers.) Dip bases of molds briefly in hot water to loosen and unmold.

Source: Whole Foods Market


Your teeth and gums need many vitamins and minerals to stay healthy. You’ll find them, and a good dose of fiber, in whole grain toast. Peanut butter can give your kids healthy protein, but did you know it also contains calcium and phosphorus which help fight tooth decay? Blueberries (or grapes, or raisins) can be used interchangeably to make the eyes and nose. This is a super cute snack kids will love.


  • 2 slices Whole Grain Toast
  • 6 Banana Slices
  • 2 Tbsp. Peanut Butter (or Nutella)
  • Blueberries OR Raisins


Toast the bread. Spread with peanut butter. Add banana slices for the ears and nose. Place the raisins or blueberries on each slice for the eyes and in the centre of the banana nose.

Source: Kidspot Kitchen


This delicious treat is fun to make AND eat! Crisp apples are like a second toothbrush and having them already sliced keeps them from getting stuck in your teeth. Instead, their juice serves to wash away sugary bacteria. And, the peanut butter contains tooth-decay fighting calcium and phosphorus.


  • 2 small apples, cored and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch thick rounds
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons peanut or almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons granola


Brush the apple slices with lemon juice to keep them from turning brown. Spread one side of half of the apple slices with peanut or almond butter then sprinkle with chocolate chips and granola. Top with remaining apple slices, pressing down gently to make the sandwiches. Transfer to napkins or plates and serve.

Source: Whole Foods Market

Make Your Summer Appointment Today!

If you’re already a patient, take advantage of the more flexible summer scheduling and make your regular appointment today. You can reach our Fairlawn office at (330) 864-3331, and our Cortland office at (330) 638-7004. We hope you have a wonderful summer!