Soft Foods That Do Not Require Chewing

At 57 years old, I got braces on my lower teeth and Invisalign on my upper teeth to correct a deep bite. After the braces were put on I realized I couldn’t bring my molars together to chew food.

I decided to use my training as a dietitian to experiment with foods and meals that I could enjoy and then share this with others who have had the same type of orthodontic correction or have had their teeth removed prior to getting dentures or have some other dental condition in which they cannot macerate their food with their teeth.

The first two days I found it easiest to drink smoothies and eat yogurts. After that, I started experimenting with various textures and sizes of chunks of food that I could manage to eat and enjoy. Here I share with you the foods that I was able to chew and enjoy plus links to some of the recipes.

Chopped strawberries using a pastry blender tool

Pasta with meat sauce, chopped strawberries and vanilla yogurt with homemade strawberry jam.

Avocado

Guacamole

Refried Beans

Raspberries

Pears

Blueberries

Roasted cauliflower, vegetable soup with tofu, avocado and raspberries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cranberry Sauce, Canned

Fruit juice

Watermelon

Peeled Peach

Canned Mandarin Oranges

Fresh Mango

Roasted or Steamed Cauliflower topped with Parmesan

Raspberries and cottage cheese

Vitamin A Muffin Recipe  

Smoothies

Soft Raised Glazed Doughnut as a treat

Red Lentil Soup With Grated Carrot

Split Pea Soup, blenderized or pureed

Quinoa

Hummus

Patak’s Mango Curry Simmer Sauce With Tofu

Sous Vide Eggs With Bacon

Cooked quinoa topped with tablespoons of skim ricotta, chopped spinach, meatballs and red sauce then heated in the microwave.

Mashed Black Beans With Salsa Topped With Cheese And Avocado

Bean Soup blended with an emulsion blender and cooked quinoa added.

Red Lentil soup blended with an emulsion blender and garnished with fresh avocado.

Ricotta Cheese Raspberry Mug Cake

 

Tapioca Pudding Topped With Raspberries

Cottage Cheese With Strawberry Jam

Ripe Pear and Yogurt or cottage cheese

Toast with ricotta, honey and jam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toasted Cheese Sandwich

Scrambled Egg With Finely Chopped Spinach

Tuna Noodle Casserole, chopped

Chickpea Avocado Mash

Egg Salad

Chickpea Avocado Mash, Toast, blueberries

 

Cornmeal Mush

Cornbread warmed with milk and sugar

Pudding

Top Ramen With Firm Drained Tofu Plus Soy Sauce

Whole Grain Pasta with pesto sauce, chopped

Whole Grain pasta with pesto, chopped

Sweet Potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch rounds, tossed in olive oil and baked til tender.

Peanut Butter On Soft Whole Wheat Bread and Milk to drink

Salmon With Pesto

Inside Of Baked Potato, Cheddar Cheese, Cottage Cheese. No Skin

Mashed Potatoes

Applesauce

Soft Cake With Frosting

Custard

Mousse

Soft Cheesecake

Au Gratin Potatoes

Egg Fried

Ricotta Raspberries Microwave Cake

Lasagna Except For The Cheese Top

Soft Moist Meatballs With Red Meat Sauce Tofu With Red Sauce

Cooked quinoa topped with tablespoons of skim ricotta, chopped spinach, meatballs and red sauce then heated in the microwave

Mocha Coffee Recipe: Add 1 scoop of this chocolate protein powder to hot coffee and  stir. Add additional skim milk if desired.

 

 

 

 

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Soft Foods Dental Post Oral Surgery, Wisdom Teeth Removal or Braces

Soft, easy to chew foods are the best thing to eat after oral surgery, especially within the first few days. There are a number of delicious soft foods to choose from.

It is important to include healthy protein and fiber-rich choices after oral surgery to provide necessary nutrition for optimal healing. To get more fiber from the foods you eat, make smoothies with fruit, and eat soft fruits such as bananas or canned fruit. Brown rice, oatmeal or other whole grains can be eaten as well, as long as they are thoroughly cooked and moistened with milk. Protein can be provided in the form of cut-up eggs, ground meats, fish, and dairy products or protein nutrition drinks. Staying hydrated and continuing with your vitamin/mineral supplement (if you take one) is also important for a quick healing time.

By carefully choosing the foods you eat you can usually make eating easier. Here are some suggestions that may help:

Straw use: If you have had a tooth removed, do not us a straw for at least three days.

o Crunchy, sticky, and sharp foods should be avoided.
o Cold foods like smoothies, puddings, ice cream and sorbet can help with mouth pain, while pureed foods and drinks are easy to swallow, even after painful oral surgery. Be sure to ask your surgeon if you can use a straw or not.
o Try foods cold or at room temperature. Hot and warm foods can irritate a tender mouth and healing gums.
o Cook foods until they are soft and tender.
o Use a blender or food processor to puree your food.
o Cut foods into small pieces.
o Cook or simmer foods in sauces or liquids to keep them moist.
o Mix food with butter, thin gravies, and sauces to make it easier to swallow.
o Add sauces to vegetables.

Here are some specific food ideas:

Add Strained “Baby” Meats Or Canned Fish To Soups, Sauces Or Gravies

Applesauce, Stewed, Mashed Or Pureed Fruits

Avocados, Asparagus, Peas, Carrots, Lima Beans (All Mashed)

Baked Beans

Baked Or Broiled Fish

Blended Vegetables

Bread Softened With Gravy

Broiled Or Stewed Chicken (Finely Chopped)

Buttered Noodles with Parmesan Cheese

Canned Bartlett Pears, Cherries, Mandarin oranges, fruit cocktail, peaches, pears, lychee

Canned Fruit With Cottage Cheese

Canned Tuna Or Chicken

Chicken A La King, Creamed Salmon Or Seafood

Chunky Soups, Stews, Shepherd’s Pie Or Pot Pies

Cold Cereal Soaked In Milk

Cooked Fruits Without Seeds Or Skins Like Apples And Pears

Cooked Puddings Such As Tapioca, Rice, Bread Or Custard

Cottage Cheese

Cream Pies Or Sponge Cake With Custard Sauce

Creamed Corn

Egg dishes such as Scrambled Eggs, Poached Eggs, Quiche, Breakfast Casserole, Egg Salad

Egg Salad, Tuna Salad, Pate, Liverwurst, Guacamole, Hummus Or Cream Cheese Spread On A Slice Of Soft, Crustless, Buttered Bread

Finely Grated/Melted Cheese

Fish Poached Or Cooked In A Sauce

Foods cooked or simmered in liquids (e.g. stews with ground or finely chopped meats, hearty soups)

Gratineed Potatoes

Ground Beef, Pork, Lamb, Chicken Or Turkey Cooked In Gravy

Hearty Broth Based Soups, Borscht, Congee, Cream Soups Or Chowders (Blended If Necessary), Split Pea, Lentil Or Bean Soup

Hot Cereals Such As Oat Bran, Cream Of Wheat, Corn Meal, Oatmeal, Congee

Hummus

Ice Cream/Sorbets/Gelato

Jell-O

Jell-O Or Instant Pudding Mixes

Macaroni and Cheese, Pasta Dishes With A Cheese, Cream Or Tomato/Cream Sauce

Mashed or cut up bananas

Mashed Potatoes, Cauliflower, Carrots, Turnips, Yams Or Squash

Meatball Sandwich on soft bread with spaghetti sauce

Meatballs

Meatloaf

Meats that have been chopped, ground or blenderized

Melon, Avocado, Bananas

Miso soup with soft tofu

Muffins

Hot Cereal, Mush or Porridge-Type Hot Cereals Like Oatmeal, Grits And Cream-Of-Wheat

Pancakes or French Toast With Butter And Syrup Or Fruit Sauce

Pasta Cooked To a Soft Consistency

Pasta Or Potato Salad

Peanut Butter

Polenta

Pot Stickers, Boiled

Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes without Skin

Protein Powders

Pudding Or Custard

Pureed Berries Put Through A Strainer To Remove Skins And Seeds

Pureed Or Blended Sauces

Pureed Or Blended Soups

Rice or Tapioca Pudding

Savory Cheese and Bread Puddings

Skinless Vegetables That Cook To A Soft Consistency Or Can Be Mashed, Like Carrots, Cauliflower

Soft Boiled Or Poached Eggs

Soft Breads and Muffins

Soft casseroles such as Tamale casserole, Tuna and noodles, Lasagna, etc.

Soft Cooked Vegetables with A Cheese Or Cream Sauce

Soft ripe Blueberries, Guava, Papaya, Mango, Watermelon, Cherries

Soup like bean soup, rice soup, noodle soup, broth soup with ground meat and soft vegetables or potatoes

Sweet Dessert Bread Pudding

Tender Meats And Ground Meats That Have Been Well-Cooked – Braised Meats Or Meats Cooked In A Crock-Pot

Tofu

Vegetables pureed or mashed such as peas and carrots, canned vegetables

Well-Cooked Legumes With Soft Skins Like Baked Beans

 

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