Summer Braces-Friendly Recipes

Jul 1, 2017

July 4th is the day for fireworks, family gatherings, and of course—barbeque! We have prepared a braces-friendly recipe of BBQ Sloppy Joes that’s perfect for all of those summer backyard get-togethers. Not only are Sloppy Joes easy to eat with braces, they’re also a fun and easy family-friendly meal that everyone at your picnic or gathering can enjoy!


  • 1 lb. extra lean ground beef
  • ¼ cup chopped onions
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • ½ cup BBQ sauce
  • ½ cup 2% Milk Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns, split & toasted

What to do:

Brown ground beef in a large non-stick skillet on medium heat. Add onions, peppers, and carrots and cook until onion is translucent and vegetables have softened (approximately 3-5 minutes). Stir frequently.

Next, add BBQ sauce to the mix and let it cook for an additional 5 minutes. Stir the mixture occasionally.

Remove the mixture from heat and stir in cheese. Finally, spoon evenly into buns and enjoy. Yummy!

Braces-friendly Dessert for 4th of July!

Looking for a braces-friendly, refreshing treat that is perfect for a hot holiday like 4th of July? Try this homemade frozen peach yogurt. Not only will this recipe delight your friends and family, it’s also a healthy dessert you’ll be happy to give to your kids. And it couldn’t be easier to make!


  • 1 16-ounce bag of frozen peaches
  • 1 container of vanilla yogurt (try Greek yogurt for extra protein!)
  • ½ of a small lemon
  • 2-3 tablespoons of honey

What to do:

  1. Blend all the ingredients together in a blender or food processor until smooth and creamy.
  2. Chill in an 8 x 8 pan in the freezer until you reach the desired consistency (for soft serve style ice cream, you can serve directly from the blender).
  3. Store in an airtight container in the freezer to enjoy later.