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With the start of a new year is a time of goal-setting and resolutions. One popular resolution is to choose a healthier diet. For people with braces, dietary restrictions on things like raw veggies and plain popcorn may cause a minor problem with this goal. However, there are still a lot of healthy foods to eat!

Steamed Veggies: Vegetables are delicious, and steaming them is a great way to make sure they retain most of their nutritional value but are still soft enough not to damage brackets or wires.

Soft Fruits: Some fruits are to be avoided, such as whole apples or pears. However, soft fruits, such as berries, kiwi, and peaches are a great way to get vitamins and other nutrients into your diet. The fiber and water content of the fruits helps balance the sugars present, making fruit a healthy way to incorporate something sweet.

Low-Sugar Dairy: Most dairy, particularly milk and yogurt varieties, comes with high-sugar options. However, buying plain or low-sugar versions of these treats give you all the benefits of calcium and protein that dairy brings, without the added sugar calories.

For more information about what to eat when you have braces, call Skyline Orthodontics in Elkhorn, Nebraska, at 402.289.3232. Dr. Laura Rothe and our team are happy to help keep you happy and healthy!