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158 5/27/13 10:47 P
Organic oatmeal (tastes different from Quaker) with 2% milk and a little honey is a delicious way to start your mornings. Trader Jo's has some soups in a box that are not bad for store bought soups. I like their tomato roasted pepper soup. You can keep hard boiled eggs in the frig and then mash them for a quick snack. If you freeze very ripe bananas (take off peel first) and then put it in a blender, it tastes like banana ice cream, nothing needs to be added to it when blending. Make sure bananas are very ripe to have a sweet taste.
Good luck with your dental work. I'm no stranger to the dental chair myself.
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3,775 5/27/13 9:53 P
When I had mouth surgery, I ate soft foods and drank lots of liquids including water. I worked in a health care facility, so lunch was easy. They just gave me pureed foods. Breakfast I had some kind of cooked cereal, a mashed banana. Dinner was either baby food, soft food I mashed, ground meat, chicken, turkey, liquids, a smoothie would work. Just be creative. Use your blender. You can always buy some flavor of a meal substitute liquid that is healthy.
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132 5/27/13 4:05 P
Slimfast. (Or other protein shakes.) Boost. You can get complete meals in these forms, no problem, nutrients included. They offer them in a lot of different flavours too. I don't normally use these products, but I like the taste and texture of food.
If you really can't eat, then this might be the way to go for you. (People who fail at Slimfast usually forget that it's a meal replacement and end up eating the shake, and then extra meals (too many calories).)
For dessert — smoothie (banana + frozen berries + water = awesome).
First of all, are you being treated for the dental issues? It's not 100% clear whether you mean that you're under treatment or you mean that you're waiting for coverage so you can get treatment.
If you're not being treated, look into low-cost clinics or charities. Your county health department is probably the first place to ask. There are, believe it or not, traveling bands of dentists who go around treating people for free or on a low sliding scale. A lot of them don't even ask about income or why you need help; they just fix your teeth. This is the time of year they're most active; they tend to set up at county fairs and such. They do it because dental health is pretty key to medical health, and this is one of the few countries that has them in such completely separate systems. Having dental problems can lead to heart disease, obesity, and nutritional deficiencies. (My mom's dentist was the first to suspect that she was diabetic and send her to be tested. He also solved a gland problem that had been stunting my brother's growth and puzzling medical doctors for half his life, but that was a bizarre coincidence.) Anyway, because of the way bacteria affect weight, getting a dental problem resolved has been known to help weight loss all on its own. Adding in the ability to eat better will really set you on your way.
Another possibility is to ask the dentist if s/he'll start the work for the cost of the deductible and "forget" to bill the rest until your insurance comes through, or ask if they'll let you work cleaning the offices or relieving the receptionist a few hours a week in exchange for part of the work.
In the meantime, your blender is your friend. Milk and frozen fruit blended together make something that tastes very close to soft ice cream. Blended soups and stews are a good way to get your veggies. Refried beans will give you protein and fiber, and you can use different kinds of beans and add different spices for variety-- mash any bean dish and called it refried because "mashed beans" sounds nasty. You can "refry" baked beans, curried lentils, and all sorts of things like that. If you can eat yogurt, you can manage cottage cheese, which is good with applesauce or any other pureed cooked fruit. And you can eat any fruit by cooking it until it's soft and then mashing or blending it; call it a "compote" or a "coulis" to make it sound nicer.
Lots of people mash cauliflower or squash just because they like them that way; there are cauliflower recipes with broth and cheese that have enough protein to almost be a meal. Quinoa is another good protein source, though not if you have any open spots in your teeth-- the grains are small and can easily get stuck in a crack or cavity.
Egg dishes can be soft: scrambled eggs or omelettes (depending on the filling). Pasta and noodles could be an option too. Good luck, it sounds challenging.
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2,241 5/27/13 11:54 A
I love making smoothies--I just throw a ton of stuff in my blender, add some fat-free milk or fruit juice & voila! Berries, oranges, cantaloupe, grapes, it all blends nicely. When I've added veggies, it works too--but it makes the mix taste "green."
To each their own! And don't forget--there are some great baby foods out there, made organic, and without added stuff....and they taste pretty darn good!
Get a juicer so you can juice raw vegetables & fruits on your own. If you eat meat, you can also puree meats into a soft paste. It will probably be best to give up on small grains like rice & quinoa - they are soft, but can easily slip into crevasses that can then become inflamed and infected. Bean pastes (like refried beans) are OK. Yogurt is a good source of protein, also eggs & egg whites. Add a vitamin and a fiber powder to your eating routine if you don't do that already.
The main thing I found when helping my husband do this is that it's best to try to prepare things on your own. Pre-packaged vegetable & fruit juices, soups and meat pastes have too much salt and sugar for a really balanced diet. If I had been him, I would have added a nutritional shake, even though they are expensive (I like the very-low sugar ones).
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6,671 5/27/13 9:46 A
I enjoy Greek yogurt. You can also try soup, but I would recommend having your dental issues resolved, since once they're fixed, you'll be able to eat normally again. You should know how to eat healthy both with soft food and regular food.
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1 5/27/13 9:30 A
I have some dental issues and need to get some ideas for soft foods or liquids. I need to lose 30 pounds but want to do it healthy. Anyone have a good soft foods diet that does not taste like hospital food? I also want to add my dental plan will probably take a few months to resolve so I have to be careful what I eat for several months and wanted some soft food ideas? I know how to eat non soft foods but can't eat what I like. Raw veggies, nuts, etc. Tried yesterday and broke another tooth. I do eat yogurt some but looking for more choices. Anyone have to go on a soft or liquid diet for a while? What did you eat that was balanced?
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