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Ring in the Holidays with Braces-Friendly Recipes

Looking for a braces-friendly holiday recipe? Look no further! The holiday season has arrived, which means holiday parties are coming up fast. If you or your child just got braces, you may be wondering what you can eat this holiday season. But don’t worry! We’ve compiled a few orthodontic-approved recipes that are sure to keep your mouth and your appliances happy.

Texas Hash

If biting into a tough, chewy serving of turkey or ham doesn’t sound appealing with your braces, Texas Hash makes a good alternative with plenty of protein and flavor.

Ingredients

  • tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef, 80/20
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup long grain white rice
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, optional and not shown in our photo

Instructions

  1. Using a skillet with a tight-fitting cover, heat olive oil over medium high.
  2. Add onion, peppers, garlic, ground beef, dry mustard, chili powder, salt and pepper. Sauté until ground beef is no longer pink, breaking up beef as you cook.
  3. Add rice and cook for two minutes letting rice absorb liquid.
  4. Add tomato paste and cook for one minute.
  5. Add canned tomatoes with juice, water and Worcestershire sauce. Stir, cover and simmer for 20 minutes covered.
  6. After 20 minutes, remove lid and fluff the mixture then serve. If the mixture is to wet, cook for another few minutes with lid off.
  7. If you are using the cheese, sprinkle on top for last few minutes of cooking time with lid on.

Slow Cooker Buttery Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a holiday dinner staple. Try livening up your typical mashed potatoes with this delicious recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds red potatoes, washed and chopped into 2-inch pieces (you don't need to peel them)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley (or 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried or fresh basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup milk

Instructions

  1. Add chopped potatoes to a greased slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 2 – 3 hours or on low or 5 – 6 hours on low.
  2. When potatoes are cooked and fork-tender, add all remaining ingredients (let the butter melt for a couple of minutes). Use a hand mixer or a masher to mash the potatoes. Serve warm.

Gingerbread Smoothie

To give sore mouths the treat they deserve, try this lightly sweet smoothie.

Ingredients

  • 1 generous cup milk I use unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup or molasses
  • 1 small chilled apple chopped (use a sweet variety, or swap for a small frozen banana)
  • 1 cup scoop vanilla protein powder or 1/3 vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Ground cloves
  • 1-2 cups ice
  • Whipped cream or crumbled gingersnaps optional garnishes

Instructions
Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.

Contact Us

If you need any help with what foods to eat while you’re in braces, contact us at any time. On behalf of all of us at Olson Orthodontics, have a happy holiday season!

Olson Sweater Contest

January Ugly Sweater Contest

Want to win a gift card to the GAP from Olson Orthodontics?!

Enter by participating in our January Ugly Sweater Contest! All you need to do is find an "ugly sweater" to wear to your appointment this month and wear it at your appointment.

We will then put your name into a drawing for the GAP gift card.

Dr. Olson and the team have seen some great sweaters so far - good luck to all!

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2015 Halloween Candy Donation

October is National Orthodontic Health Month, and Dr. Olson and the Olson Orthodontics team are asking our patients and their families to keep their smiles healthy. How? We are asking that you share a smile by donating your Halloween candy to our military troops serving over seas!

Halloween candy can contribute to tooth decay and some can even damage orthodontic braces or other appliances. Dr. Lauren wants to help avoid injury to your teeth and gums! Not all candy is forbidden to patients with braces, but make sure to avoid popcorn, caramel, taffy, and hard candies.

Our Halloween candy donation program is an important opportunity to educate our patients and help them prevent injuries to their braces which could affect their orthodontic treatment. At the same time, it is a fantastic way to bring our community together for a great cause!

Donations will run through November 15th and you can drop off your candy at the office any time. There will be a prize for the patient that brings in the most pounds of candy! All collected candy will be sent to our troops serving over seas.

Feel free to call the office with any questions!

Think Pink Contest Results

Dr. Olson and her team would like to thank everyone who participated in our THINK PINK promo in October supporting breast cancer awareness. There was a grand total of 223 participants! The girls won overall, but we had 76 guys that supported this awesome cause. We are so proud to be donating $223 to the American Cancer Society local chapter!
Thanks again to our amazing patients!
Olson Orthodontics Candy Donation

Candy Donation SUCCESS!

This year's Candy Buy Back was a huge success! Our patients brought in a total of about 12 lbs of candy and snacks to donate to our troops overseas! We had many participants and it was a close race, but Lily K. won with her candy weighing in at 3.2 lbs!

Dr. Lauren has packed up the box of treats and will be sending it on its way to our troops! We would like to thank all who participated and chose to share a smile! We are thankful for our military!

Halloween Candy Donation

In honor of National Orthodontic Health Month, we are asking our patients and their families to keep their smiles healthy and to share a smile by donating their Halloween candy to our military troops serving over seas!

Halloween candy can contribute to tooth decay and some can even damage orthodontic braces or other appliances. Olson Orthodontics wants to help avoid injury to your teeth and gums! Not all candy is forbidden to patients, but make sure to avoid popcorn, caramel, taffy, and hard candies.

Our Halloween candy donation program is an important opportunity to educate our patients and help them prevent injuries to their braces which could affect their orthodontic treatment. At the same time, it is a fantastic way to bring our community together for a great cause!

Donations will run through the first week of November and you can drop off your candy at the office any time. There will be a prize for the patient that brings in the most pounds of candy! All collected candy will be sent to our troops serving over seas.

Feel free to call the office with any questions!

Olson Halloween Candy Donation and Weigh In

Candy Buy-Back!

October is Orthodontic Health Month and Dr. Olson wants you to donate your Halloween candy to a good cause to help keep your smile healthy!