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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.
Cranberry Sauce, Canned
Canned Mandarin Oranges
Soft Raised Glazed Doughnut as a treat
Split Pea Soup, blenderized or pureed
Patak’s Mango Curry Simmer Sauce With Tofu
Sous Vide Eggs With Bacon
Mashed Black Beans With Salsa Topped With Cheese And Avocado
Tapioca Pudding Topped With Raspberries
Cottage Cheese With Strawberry Jam
Ripe Pear and Yogurt or cottage cheese
Toasted Cheese Sandwich
Scrambled Egg With Finely Chopped Spinach
Tuna Noodle Casserole, chopped
Cornbread warmed with milk and sugar
Top Ramen With Firm Drained Tofu Plus Soy Sauce
Whole Grain Pasta with pesto sauce, 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
Soft Cake With Frosting
Au Gratin Potatoes
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.