Anyone with braces knows that it can sometimes be hard to find foods that don’t break your brackets or hurt your already sore teeth. If you’re tired of eating things like yogurt and rice, take a look at “The Braces Cookbook: Recipes You (and Your Orthodontist) Will Love,” authored by braces-wearing mother and daughter duo Pamela and Brenda Waterman. The cookbook and its follow-up, “The Braces Cookbook 2: Comfort Food with a Gourmet Touch,” provide tips for keeping foods soft, special preparation methods and substitution suggestions.

According to her website, Pamela Waterman wore full metal braces as a child and small-bracket braces as an adult. She has also coached her daughters through the challenges of wearing orthodontic appliances. With her youngest daughter, Brenda, Pamela developed the original cookbook with Chef Amee Hoge, a graduate of the French Culinary Institute.

Fudgy Cocoa Bites

The recipes are simple, straightforward and something that teens or kids with braces will actually enjoy cooking and eating. One of the book’s most popular recipes, “Fudgy Cocoa Bites,” is a great alternative to brownies. The Watermans say that the secrets to baking soft cookies are using cocoa powder as a substitute for melted baking chocolate and shortening instead of butter. (The ingredient list can be found below, but for the full recipe, visit Metal Mouth Media, Pamela’s website, here.)

What you’ll need:

  • Brown sugar
  • Baking soda
  • Cocoa
  • Eggs
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Shortening
  • Vanilla extract
  • Water.

If you have questions about what you are able to eat with braces, be sure to contact your New York City orthodontist, who can offer suggestions.

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