One of my New Year’s resolutions this year was to floss more. I can proudly say that in the last 23 days I have flossed 23 of them. I know it sounds kind of gross to not floss on a daily basis (which is why I vowed to improve my gum health this year) but I am an individual that has not one but two permanent retainers cemented to the backs of my teeth. That means that flossing goes from a 30 second ordeal to a 5 minute one that can’t be completed without a mirror and threaders. If either of those aspects are missing- forget about it. Starting to sound like way too much work? Apparently, 50% of people do not floss on a daily basis. 73% of people would rather go grocery shopping than floss. Grocery shopping. People would prefer grocery shopping! That makes a statement right there.
Maybe not all of you can relate, but certainly those of you who have had braces can. And kudo’s to you if you have top and bottom permanent retainers and think I am ludacris for complaining about this. I envy your patience, will and determination towards your impeccable oral hygiene.
With my distain for flossing I have become pretty good at avoiding foods that are prone to getting stuck in my retainer… well almost all foods…
Fresh, soft tortilla wraps are the absolute worst for reasons unknown to me. That doesn’t mean I prefer stale tortilla wraps, I just make a conscious effort to only eat them in the privacy of my own home. Corn on the cob is on the same list.
Oats though…oats may be one of the exceptions (and oranges, obviously). They are nasty little culprits that I just can’t bring myself to avoid. Funny enough, both of those ingredients can be found in this recipe. I was standing in Starbucks one morning and made the mistake of perusing through the glass treasure box of treats when I laid my eyes on one of their Blueberry Oat bars. Since I couldn’t afford the price or the nutritional information I scoured the Internet for a recipe I could make on my own. I think I may have to include Canadian Living Magazine in my will. Click here for their version of these Blueberry Oat Bars. I would floss 5 times a day for the rest of my life to spend a minute in their test kitchen.
Why do they tickle all my fancies? Because this recipe is about half the calories and fat of the Starbucks version, and for 24 bars is the cost of 2. Eat up!