Smile-healthy spring recipes

Embrace the spring season with smile-healthy recipes. Each of these recipes is sure to satisfy your taste buds while giving your smile a boost of healthy nutrients.  

Lemon garlic tilapia 

For an easy and lent-friendly recipe, try mixing up a bit of butter, garlic and lemon juice for a perfect glaze on tilapia or your preferred fish. Let your seasoned tilapia bake in a dish for approximately 10-12 minutes at 400 degrees. Try adding slices of lemon on top of the fish and top with fresh herbs. Salt and pepper to taste.  

Fish is high in vitamin D, an important vitamin that helps your body absorb calcium. This means it’s not only tasty, but good for your teeth! 

Blueberry almond salad 

This fresh and fruity salad makes a perfect light dinner or lunch. Add spinach, blueberries, dried cranberries and finely chopped red onion to a bowl. For a boost of protein, add a healthy handful of shaved almonds. Roast them for five minutes in the oven for an extra crunch. For dressing, we recommend a fruity white balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar.  

Spinach and blueberries are both super foods for your smile! Blueberries are high in healthy antioxidants and leafy greens are high in vitamin B, calcium and folic acid—which strengthen your teeth and gums against disease.  

Sweet potato curry  

This flavorful dinner is perfect for all you spicy food lovers. With sweet potatoes, chickpeas and fresh tomatoes, you’ll be full of nutritious plant goodness. Start with cooking your onion, garlic and preferred spices — such as cumin and coriander. Slowly add tomatoes, chickpeas, sweet potatoes and other goodies. Give the curry enough time to simmer and lock in those powerful flavors.  

Sweet potatoes are one of the best foods for your teeth. They’re full of vitamins, antioxidants, magnesium and calcium. Bonus: the keratin in sweet potatoes helps strengthen tooth enamel! 

After adding more smile-healthy meals to your spring, make sure your next dentist’s appointment is booked! Call Jackson Dental at 573-243-5200 to schedule your next appointment today.