8 Foods to Keep Your TEETH Healthy!!

 

Many people know that if you’re going to chew gum, it’s best to opt for a sugar-free option. The reason is that anything that’s really high in sugar isn’t the best choice for your mouth. It’s also fairly common knowledge that brushing shortly after finishing a meal can help protect teeth.

What isn’t as well known is that certain types of food can significantly improve the overall health of your mouth. Although this information isn’t as common as advice like “brush your teeth twice a day,” the positive impact it can have means it’s definitely worth learning more about.  At Lula’s for Lunch…and More Catering , we use ALL of these foods in our recipes!

What Foods Should You Incorporate Into Your Diet?

If you want to keep your mouth healthy, here are eight foods that can help you accomplish your goal:

Cranberries: This fruit can help reduce bacteria that causes plaque. The same is true for cherries.

Citrus Fruit: Options like peppers and melons create an acidic environment in your mouth. Although that may sound like a bad thing, it actually helps to prevent bacteria growth. Additionally, the high Vitamin C content in citrus fruit helps to fight against gum disease and gingivitis.

Cinnamon: Not only can you use this spice in a variety of recipes, but doing so will help to get rid of any bacteria in your mouth.

Whole Grains: A study published in the American Journal in Clinical Nutrition found that when men had 4 or more daily servings of whole grains, they experienced a 23% reduction in periodontal disease.

Green Tea: If you feel that coffee is taking a toll on your mouth, switching to green tea is an excellent option. Although green tea has caffeine, it’s a smoother boost thanks to having less than coffee. Additionally, you don’t have to deal with the same type of staining or bad breath. And as if that wasn’t enough, it also contains catechins, which are antioxidants that lower the risk of gum disease.

Apples: Not only are apples full of vitamins, but because chewing them increases saliva production, it helps protect the mouth by rinsing it out. The same is true for celery and carrots. Just keep in mind that if you’re wearing braces, biting into a whole apple may not be the best idea.

Raisins: It wasn’t that long ago when people thought that sticky foods like raisins were actually bad for teeth. While your mouth still isn’t going to benefit from eating sticky sweets like caramel, recent research has linked some of the antioxidants in raisins to a reduction in gum disease and inflammation.

Yogurt: What’s great about yogurt is in addition to reducing gingivitis and plague, it can also cut down the amount of hydrogen sulfide in your mouth, which is the chemical associated with bad breath.

Now that you know just how big of a role the food you eat plays in your oral health, you can start taking steps to ensure that you’re getting the right mix of foods on a daily basis!  Thanks to Tri-State Family Dentistry for these mouth saving tips!   www.tristatefamilydentistry.com

The Miracle of Cream of Tartar

In my little world (that would be Lula’s for Lunch…and More! Catering at www.lulasforlunch.com ), items like cream of tartar (potassium bitartrate) are not simply a super way to stabilize egg whites but also scandalously inexpensive cleaning secrets that can be huge time savers for busy professionals.

This long-forgotten gem of a cleaning agent may be used with a little water or vinegar to lift even the most stubborn stains. Unattractive grout driving you batty? Mold and mildew stains got you reaching for the Prozac? Burner pans and casserole dishes giving you fits? Cream of Tartar is your new best friend.

Cream of tartar is one of nature’s best bleaching agents. Cream of tartar, a.k.a “crusted wine,” is mixed with baking soda to create baking powder (bet you didn’t know that.. okay, some of you probably did, you smartypants). While it is an acid, it’s not harmful. It’s an acidic salt which comes from grapes.

Use a few tablespoons of cream of tartar with hot water or hydrogen peroxide and clean any aluminum pans which have discoloration or any rusty drains, pans, or stains.

Do you have copper kettles? Mix some cream of tarter with lemon juice and rub the copper with it. Rinse and be amazed!

How about a porcelain sink, tub, commode? Rub the porcelain surfaces with cream of tartar and watch the stains disappear.

Fabric stains? No prob. Mix a few teaspoons of cream of tartar with some glycerin and use like spray-and-wash. The results? Well, I’m here to tell you that this stuff cured the ring around Gordon’s shirt collars.

Just need a great nonabrasive cleaner? Mix 2 teaspoons of vinegar and 2 teaspoon of cream of tartar in a small dish (use 3 or 4 teaspoons of vinegar and 3 or 4 teaspoons of cream of tartar if you have more items to clean). Apply with your cleaning rag or scrub brush and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Scrub. Wash with hot soapy water.    – brought to you by a facebook “friend” of Lula’s!

The Secret to Great Pancakes

We all love pancakes, right?  My favorite are extra fluffy melt in your mouth on the inside and crispy (slightly overdone!) on the outside…Lula’s for Lunch…and More! Catering ‘s pancakes are called “Crepey Cakes” because they’re so light and dreamy like a crepe, but with more “heft” – we use whole grains in our batter.

It doesn’t matter whether you like whole grains, make your own, or they come from a box – a couple of tips to always insure your pancakes aren’t doughy and leaden:  1) Pour your liquids in first and mix them up.  2) whatever liquid your recipe calls for, add 1/4 more liquid (milk or water) – so, if you’re making pancakes for 4, and your recipe calls for 1 cup milk, ad 1 1/4 cups milk.  3) Scatter your dry ingredients over the liquid and using a fork or a whisk, not a spoon, lightly fold stuff toge ther til incorporated but some lumps remain.  Pancake batter is in effect a “dough” and you don’t want to activate the gluten too much or they’ll become tough.  4) and probably most importantly, let your batter REST for 10-15 minutes before you dribble it into the pan.  Don’t stir your batter to get it into the pan.    We’re (me and all the people in my head) happy to answer any questions you may have about your batter – email them under “Ask/About Lula’ on the website www.lulasforlunch.com  Have a satisfying breakfast!  Or brunch, lunch, dinner…I LOVE pancakes for dinner!!