4th of July Recipes That Won’t Kill Your Braces

June 30, 2016

If you’re actively trying to avoid foods that won’t damage your braces or give you problems (we hope you are), barbecues and 4th of July parties might become discouraging. They’re often full of sticky treats, corn on the cob, patriotic-colored popcorn, and other treats not good for braces. You could pick out the few things on the menu that are braces-friendly, or you could try one (or all) of these patriotic recipes for people with braces and celebrate.

Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs

Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs Real Housemoms

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Strawberries? Shortcake? In kabob form? Yes, please. Other than the sugar, which we don’t promote as much with braces, this is a hassle-free, easy-to-make recipe that won’t give you too much trouble with the braces.

What You’ll Need:

Strawberries, Whipped Cream, Pound Cake

Find the full recipe at realhousemoms.

Jello Firecracker Dessert


Credit: familyfreshmeals.com

There’s no shortage of patriotic party in these cups. Plus, who doesn’t like Jello? And Firecrackers? This will be a huge hit with the kids and adults.

What You’ll Need:

1 envelope of Knox Brand of non flavored gelatin
1 cup milk
3 Tablespoons sugar

See the full recipe at familyfreshmeals.

Red White & Blue Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

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Credit: thekitchenismyplayground.com

What You’ll Need:

10 large strawberries
40 blueberries
4 oz. cream cheese, softened

See the full recipe at thekitchenismyplayground.

Ranch Bacon Chicken Kabobs

Credit: butterwithasideofbread.com

Credit: butterwithasideofbread.com

More kabobs? Why of course; you can’t JUST have the dessert kind.

What You’ll Need:

2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts – cut into one inch pieces
1/2 red onion, cut into quarter-sized pieces
12 slices of bacon

Find the full delicious recipe at butterwithasideofbread.

Berry Freedom Floats

Credit: sayyes.com

Credit: sayyes.com

Need a festive, refreshing, and deliciously patriotic float for the 4th of July? Look no further than this berry float. Nothing else says freedom quite like it.

What You’ll Need:

1/4 cup strawberries, quartered
1/4 cup blueberries
3 scoops vanilla ice cream

See the full recipe at sayyes.com.

Creamy Summer Pasta Salad

pasta salad olives broccoli peppers

Credit: barefeetinthekitchen.com

Throw some salad into the mix with this creamy and delectable pasta salad! Make sure to cut the broccoli into smaller pieces for your braces safety. Everything will go smooth with this tasty dish.

What You’ll Need:


8 oz. Macaroni Pasta
1 cup broccoli
1/2 cup diced cucumber, red pepper, black olive,
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion


1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tsp. vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt, ground pepper, sugar

See the full recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Red, White, & Blue Pudding Pops

Red White and Blue Pudding Pops

Credit: athriftymom.com

These pudding pops are pallet preferred! They also prove the braces test! Cool down with these frozen pops.

What You’ll Need:

2 cups of milk
3 oz. package of Vanilla or White Chocolate Pudding
3 oz. package of red colored gelatin
3 oz. package of blue colored gelatin
1 1/3 cups of boiling water

See the full recipe at athriftymom.com

Grilled Shrimp

Seasoned Grilled Shrimp

Credit: thelittlekitchen.net

These delicacies are great for BBQ and braces too!

What You’ll Need:

1 lb. Shrimp
1/4 cup Olive Oil
Sea Salt & Ground Pepper

See the full recipe at thelittlekitchen.net

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