A Braces-friendly Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. We wanted to share the below article from our site-wide sponsor, OP Smiles.

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching which means we will soon be gathered around the table to share thanks and enjoy our favorite holiday foods. If you or your child is dining with braces, your Thanksgiving menu may look slightly different than in years past. OP Smiles hopes to help you to enjoy a wonderful day with your family without any complications coming from your braces! We encourage you to take a moment to review our recommendations on the best options for the upcoming holiday.  

Foods to Enjoy

Below are a few of our favorite Thanksgiving foods that are braces-friendly:

  • Turkey & Ham — we recommend cutting your serving off the bone and into small bite-sized pieces.
  • Mashed Potatoes — soft and delicious mashed potatoes are an ideal side item for those dining with braces.
  • Stuffing — you should have no issues enjoying this Thanksgiving classic.
  • Deviled Eggs — since deviled eggs are a soft food, they won’t cause a fuss with your braces.
  • Rolls & Muffins — steer clear of bread with added nuts but many traditional rolls and muffins are safe for braces.
  • Gravy & Cranberry Sauce — these soft accompaniments are great but be sure to drink plenty of water with your cranberry sauce due to its acidity, which can increase your risk of enamel erosion.
  • Pumpkin Pie & Cheesecake — these sweet treats are both smooth and creamy, making them easy to eat with braces.

Foods to Avoid

Below are foods that you want to be wary of at the dinner table. These are better to avoid while wearing braces:

  • Raw Vegetables — biting into hard, raw veggies could harm your braces. Substitute for softer veggies, such as green beans, carrots that have been sautéed, and baked sweet potatoes.
  • Nuts — avoid snacking on nuts before the main spread is ready.
  • Sticky Desserts — sticky desserts using caramel can easily get stuck in and around your braces.

Happy Thanksgiving from OP Smiles

There are plenty of braces-friendly options to enjoy this Thanksgiving. No matter what you chow down on, remember to floss and brush your teeth after your meal to help prevent food particles from getting lodged in your braces.

The team at OP Smiles is thankful for the opportunity to treat our wonderful patients. As always, if you need help making dental decisions while wearing braces, contact the OP Smiles team today!

Clean Eatz Discount Code for Families

Are you trying to plan what will be on the dinner menu this week at your house? Let Clean Eatz of Boone do the cooking with their FRESH weekly meals plans.

Clean Eatz will take care of the shopping, cooking, and dishes. Each week a new menu of six options is provided that can be ordered between Thursday and Sunday at midnight. Pickup is on Monday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Simply place your order at https://www.cleaneatz.com/meal-plans. Mention High Country Parent to receive 15% off your first Meal Plan order.

Email harmon@cleaneatz.com or give the staff a call at (828)-386-4311 with any questions. 

Chick-fil-A Cow Appreciation Day – July 9, 2019

Let everyone know that Tuesday is Cow Appreciation Day!

Cow Appreciation Day is the one day of the year when it’s okay to dress udderly crazy in exchange for free food. Here’s how it works:

  1. Make or buy your cow costume (or any sort of cow apparel, really).
  2. Wear your cow costume to your favorite Chick-fil-A between Opening and 7 p.m.
  3. Receive a free entree! (Note: Free entrées for Cow Appreciation Day cannot be redeemed with the Chick-fil-A App.)

Do you need costume help? We have you covered.

Head over to Try it – Like it – Create it and download the following costume pieces.

Breakfast with Santa: a special Chick-fil-A event for the whole family!


We encourage you to join Chick-fil-A of Boone for Breakfast with Santa. The fun will kick off at 8:30am and last until11:30am on December 21st, 2017. Make sure to bring your Christmas wish list and camera!

Pssst – we heard Santa Cow will be at the party, too!

Chick-fil-A of Boone’s Veterans Day Special

Chick-fil-A of Boone is so thankful for all the Veterans that have served and those that are currently serving the USA. As a small token of our appreciation, on November 11th, they want to say thank you by giving all Veterans a FREE Chicken Biscuit or a FREE Original Chicken Sandwich at Chick-fil-A of Boone. Please show military ID. God bless you!

Kids Eat Free at Capone’s Pizza

Did you hear the great news? Capone’s Pizza is offering a special deal every Wednesday. Kids 12 and under eat free all day long. Each child gets a free personal cheese pizza with no purchase necessary. Their new location in New Market Centre has free parking and plenty of room for the whole family!


It’s FREE Cookie Day at Stick Boy – September 13, 2017

Stick Boy Free Cookie Day

Stick Boy is having their September crazy specials this week and today is FREE cookie day. Take time to stop by the bakery location across from Appalachian State University and enjoy a delicious cookie at no charge.

Here is a list of the other specials. Enjoy!

Stick Boy Specials

New at Chick-fil-A Boone: the Hashbrown Scramble Bowl and Burrito

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Just in time to kick off the new school year, Chick-fil-A is introducing two new hearty breakfast options made fresh each morning: the Hash Brown Scramble Bowl and Hash Brown Scramble Burrito. These all-in-one breakfasts combine crispy hash browns topped with scrambled eggs and cheese and your choice of sausage or sliced Chick-fil-A® Nuggets. This meal is available as a bowl or burrito rolled in a warm flour tortilla, and is served with jalapeño salsa on the side.

We encourage you to stop in and try one of these new breakfast entrees for yourself.

The 13th annual Cow Appreciation Day is Tuesday, July 11th {Free Entree}

It is that time of the year to show your love of the Chick-fil-A cows! As you may know, Cow Appreciation Day is Chick-fil-A’s largest, single-day customer appreciation event and celebrates the quick service chain’s iconic “Eat Mor Chikin”™ Cows.

Yes, it’s the one day out of the year when it’s acceptable (and encouraged!) to dress like our favorite bovine friends in exchange for free food (list of redeemable entrees available here).

Do you need costume ideas? Visit the Chick-fil-A blog for inspiration!

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Educators Receive a FREE Chick-fil-A Sandwich on May 9, 2017

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National Teacher Appreciation Day is May 9th. All Educators (including faculty, staff, and homeschool teachers) will receive a FREE Sandwich as a gift from Chick-fil-A Boone from 10:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Chick-fil-A says thank you for making such a positive impact on our youth!