The first week of having braces can really affect your child's ability to eat the breakfasts you might usually serve, and sometimes it may feel that he or she has reverted back to infanthood. However, don't despair! It's possible to feed your child breakfast foods that will give them the nutrition they need and are smooth enough to eat during the adjustment period of the first week. Here are 5 ideas that will make your job a lot more easy.
Soup for breakfast? Why not! Soup makes a healthy, filling start to the day, and with so many gorgeous soup recipes on the internet, now is a great time to try them out! Soup works well for children adjusting to braces as there is no need to chew, making it a great choice to start the day.
For a more traditional option, eggs are a fantastic food to give your child for breakfast in the first week (and always!). They are full of protein to set your child up for the day ahead, and, due to their soft texture, they are easy to eat. Scrambled eggs and omelettes are probably the best way to cook them for ease of eating; you can even top them with some cheddar cheese for added flavour and a hit of calcium.
A nice, warm bowl of oatmeal is a great nutrient-dense choice for your child in the first week of adjusting to braces. For a little added flavour, top the oatmeal with a sprinkling of nutmeg or cinnamon, and, if your child prefers some sweetness, a little honey or agave nectar.
Most children love smoothies, probably because of their similarity to the much-adored milkshake. This is great news, as you can sneak a lot of goodness into a smoothie, plus they will be easy to eat in that first week. To make a simple smoothie, chop up a frozen banana and pop it in a blender with a little almond milk (or cow's milk, if you prefer). If your child is a little more adventurous, trying adding a handful of frozen berries or a teaspoon or two of peanut butter to the mix.
Yoghurt and banana
Yoghurt is a favourite food of many children, and luckily it's very easy to eat during this adjustment period. On top of that, as long as you go for the plain, natural yoghurts with no added sugar, they are nutritious as well. For a bit of added flavour, smash up a banana and mix it into the yoghurt. Delicious!
All these options will mean your child starts their day with a nutritious meal, one that won't irritate sore teeth! Contact your child's dentist for more tips on what foods are good to eat after getting braces.