This post is sponsored by Colgate.
It’s no secret I have a sweet tooth! I am a chocoholic from way back and Easter may just be my favourite holiday on the calendar. Truth be told I have already indulged in an egg or five myself this year But it seems I am not alone! In its recent research, Colgate found that in 2014, just over half of the treats consumed by kids and almost three quarters of those consumed by parents were eaten before the Easter holiday had even begun. Tell the truth, did you have to pop to the shops for a re-stock before the Easter weekend last year???
With the study also revealing Australian families are expected to eat 124.3 million Easter treats this holiday season, it’s a good time for a reminder about the importance of good oral hygiene habits for the kids…and ourselves. Here are four of the important dental health tips I shared in my interview last year with Colgate’s resident dentist, Dr Sue Cartwright (see the full interview here). Dr Sue recommends we;
- Brush twice a day. Once after the last food/drink has been consumed for the day, and then at one other time.
- Don’t rush. Brush for two minutes each time.
- Be sure to assist children under the age of eight with brushing.
- Set a good example. Because the kids are watching!
And if you really don’t want to head to the shops again for a chocolate restock before the weekend, why not share one of these Easter inspired snacks with the kids instead!
Perfect as a morning or afternoon tea snack, these Easter inspired snacks are a bit of fun and lots of yum!
Snack #1: Cheesy Chick
Sprinkle grated cheese over an English muffin or bagel half. Place into a moderate oven until the cheese has melted (about 5 minutes). Add a beak and feet cut from sliced carrot and two slices of black Kalamata olives to form the eyes.
Snack #2: Biscuit ‘Eggs’
This one is fun for children to make themselves. Spread a Milk Arrowroot (or similar oval shaped) biscuit with cream cheese. Make patterns on your ‘egg’ with sultanas, raisins, shapes cut from dried apricots, apples and cranberries, mini marshmallows (I halved them) and white chocolate chips.
Snack #3: Muffin Bunny
Lightly toast two English muffin (or bagel) halves. Spread both with cream cheese. Cut one muffin in half and add a little strawberry jam to each half – these are your bunny’s ears. Add sultanas or raisins for eyes and cut a nose and whiskers from dried cranberries. Yum!
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Maybe the Easter bunny should include a new soft brush and a tube or two in this year’s Easter basket!
Tell me, with Easter still a few days away, have you cracked open your first egg of the year yet?