Dentistry Expert Dr. Jason Rosenfeld, DMD: Pediatric Dentist Approved School Lunches


Make text smaller Make text larger



Photos



  • Dr. Jason Rosenfeld, DMD




A lunch prepared from home can be a healthier alternative to the school cafeteria, depending on what you pack. Here are some nutritional tips for dental-friendly and healthier eating for kids' lunches.

Bento Boxes

Why not try a Bento box for lunch rather than the standard sandwich? These boxes require little prep time and can be filled with a wide variety of healthy and tasty foods. Load with fresh fruit, low-fat yogurt, cheese, hummus, turkey breast, diced chicken, hard-boiled eggs, bell peppers, and mushrooms.

Protein and Cheese Whole Grain Sandwich plus Fruit

Take two slices of whole grain bread and add some protein like tuna or chicken. Adding string cheese is a great idea since it protects your child's tooth enamel. Pack some cut up apples, pears, or other crunchy fruits that support gum health and strengthen teeth.

Yogurt, Cottage Cheese and Berries

Pack your child with a portable cottage cheese or yogurt container and some fresh blueberries, strawberries and blackberries. This is a better option than pudding which contains high sugar content. Cottage cheese, yogurt and berries are comprised of far less sugar than pudding and feature calcium which is essential for strong teeth.

Colors of the Rainbow Salad

Nutritionists and dentists encourage children to eat as many colorful vegetables as possible. Since calcium, vitamin C and other minerals are found in vegetables and beneficial to the teeth and gums, a colorful salad packed is a great lunch option for children. The salad can be topped with a protein such as chicken, turkey, egg or tofu and top with some crunchy foods like sunflower seeds or nuts.

What to Avoid

-Say NO to applesauce as it contains empty calories and promotes tooth decay

-Skip starchy snacks- pretzels, potato chips and crackers -since simple starches can be just as bad as sweets

-Fruit leather and fruit snacks cling to teeth and encourage plaque- try real fruit instead

-Chocolate or flavored milk contain added sugars that can cause decay. Go for plain milk and add food coloring for added fun. If adverse to milk, serve cheese as a substitute.

Dr. Jay Approved Fave Snack for After-School and Sports

Cut up carrots, celery, radishes, bell peppers and cucumbers. Make Dr. Jay's famous chickpea Hummus and dip away! This veggie and dip combo is not only super healthy and great for your smile but also vegan and gluten free!

Dr. Jay's Famous Hummus Dip Recipe

Ingredients • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed • 1 clove garlic • 1⁄4 cup olive oil, plus more for serving • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice • 2 tablespoons tahini (sesame seed paste) • 1 teaspoon ground cumin • kosher salt • 1/4 teaspoon paprika

How to Make It

• In a food processor, puree the chickpeas and garlic with the olive oil, lemon juice, tahini (if using), cumin, and teaspoon salt until smooth and creamy. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons cold water as necessary to achieve the desired consistency. • Transfer to a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with the paprika before serving.

Dr. Jason Rosenfeld, DMD
1395 Route 23 South, Butler, NJ 07405
973-838-0093
www.jasonrosenfelddmd.com




Make text smaller Make text larger

Comments

Pool Rules



MUST READ NEWS

WMHS alumnus earns Pharm D degree
Dr. Rubi Alexis Mink, graduated cum laude with a Pharm D degree from Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy in May.
On July 1, she began working at the VA New Jersey...

Read more »
Image

Township opening Bubbling Springs for free weekend due to heat, lake swimming ban
With a harmful algal bloom advisory and closed beaches on Greenwood lake as well as forecasted hot and humid conditions this weekend, Mayor Michele Dale announced that the lake at...
Read more »
Image

Airbnb regulation debate continues
Proposed rules and regulations for residents who want to earn money by renting their homes to visitors for short periods continue to be a subject of debate in West Milford.
Read more »
Image

'Life of Riley:' Viral video of bear chasing dog brings limelight to Hewitt
News trucks and reporters from throughout the region made for an uncommon sight on a quiet street in the Hewitt section of town last week after a neighborhood dog named Riley...
Read more »
Image

VIDEOS



Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Community Newspapers



MOST READ

Local News
2019 municipal budget vote fails 2-3
  • Jul 11, 2019
Obituaries
Justin Inserra
  • Jul 12, 2019

MOST COMMENTED



West Milford, NJ