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One thing I have recently discovered since going vegan are the soft moist dried figs. They taste absolutely like candies but give you so much less calories and so much more fibre that the next day is shows nowhere and you feel just as fit as slim as before (unlike after binging on sugary treats). Also the moist dried dates are great but I like figs taste better. I strongly recommend.



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String cheese?

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One of my favorite soft snacks include spreading soft tortilla with hummus and a little salsa. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I realize this is a bit belated but I feel you on the dentist issue. I currently have dental pain and there is only one dentist in the entire county that takes my insurance, and couldn't fit me in for literally months. So eating is a bit of a chore right now. And so many people don't have insurance at all.

As a side note I also have a TINY mouth, they have to use the children's size equipment on me. Dentists comment every time! I really hope your dentist can get in the needed supplies to help you. It's really not cool that they are not getting what you need.

I'm going to go for the assumption that for snack you want something under 150 calories, but that varies according to nutrition plan.

Some ideas include:

* Small Whole Wheat Tortillas w/ Spread
A great alternative to crackers.

Spreads:

Hummus
Peanut Butter w/ Banana
"Light" Guacamole (recipe on Spark People)
Low Fat/No Fat Added Refried Beans

* Oatmeal or other "hot cereal" (no sugar added) with mix-ins.

(A packet of instant, nothing-added oatmeal by most companies is ~100 calories but check the box, and adjust servings if buying in bulk. You can make it as soft as you need by varying the amount of water you use.)

Mix in ideas:
Pureed Fruit, Bananas, or Applesauce (with cinnamon is very yummy)
Peanut Butter/Powdered Peanut Butter
Pumpkin or Squash Puree (with yummy "fall" spices)

You can also make oatmeal savory! Though we think of oatmeal as a sweet breakfast food, there's no reason it can't be treated like any other grain we'd have as a savory side dish, like a pilaf.

Use broth instead of water in preparing or add it afterwards, tomato sauce in place of a pureed sweet fruit, add soft veggies like cooked mixed veggies, savory seasonings, nutritional yeast, etc. Cooked egg whites or some crumbled tofu along with some veggies would add some protein and nutrition without going over a 150 calorie snack.

Brown rice congee is another similar option that can be prepared many ways. For snacks, it's just a matter of controlling portion size. There are all kinds of soft porridges using many different grains from all around the world. Congee doesn't come in instant packets already measured at 100 calories (at least not where I live) but you can measure it out yourself. Brown rice in general may be an option for you, depending on your situation. I don't know how chewy of food you are comfortable with.

* Pasta/Couscous

There are great whole grain versions. A half cup of cooked whole wheat couscous is something like 90 calories, meaning you can add all sorts of bulk in the form of veggies, protein such as some crumbled tofu or egg white, or so on. Couscous is very easy to eat as it's extremely small and soft.

* Broth Based or Pureed Soups

Lots of options. I get miso soup packets with soft seaweed and tofu that are under 40 calories. They're not going to be a filling snack on their own, but they also can be bulked out with soft veggies or added to oatmeal or rice as a flavoring. I have a boxed Creamy Butternut Squash soup (Pacific foods brand) which is only 90 calories per cup and comes in a box so I can easily pour out just one serving. I typically don't want to spend a lot of time prepping snacks so this is really convenient.

* Steamed, Roasted, "Riced", and "Noodled" Veggies

For veggies, consuming them only in smoothies can get kind of old, in my experience.

I suggest "ricing" the veggies. That way you can add some healthy veggies to your meals (including for example, tortilla wraps or a grain dish) without hurting yourself or struggling.

You can rice a lot of different kinds of veggies, like cauliflower, carrots, broccoli, sweet potato, and other "hard" veggies, by processing it in a food processor, and then you cook it afterwards. I got a mini food processor for very cheap and it's great for making single meals. (Sweet potato is so hard to chop when raw for me that I buy it frozen pre-riced. Whole sweet potato is easy to cook, and you can mash it after.)

Roasting veggies can make them nice and soft and adds a lot of flavor. Steaming is a great healthy way to cook them that makes them quite soft.

You can flavor the riced veggies the same way you might a rice or other grain dish, or in ways unique to the veggie you're using, and the veggies add bulk, vitamins, and fiber, without adding a ton of calories.

Another way I find helpful to prepare veggies to be soft is to slice them very thin, similar to flat "zoodles", such as with a mandolin, or to noodle them with a veggie noodle maker. Some veggies you'll have to peel first as the peel is a bit tough and hard to chew regardless.

Many veggies are very soft this way and can be eaten raw, like cucumber, zucchini, and other summer squash.

Other veggie noodles may still be too hard to eat even when noodled, like carrot or sweet potato, and can be lightly steamed.

These noodles can be added to your wraps (like hummus and cucumber noodles!) or can be treated like pasta, though I always find myself disappointed when I do it that way. Haha. I prefer to treat them more like a salad or wrap ingredient.

* Chop small.

A lot of food that's too crunchy or chewy to eat without chewing normally is a lot easier to eat when cut small, including things like tortillas.

Making a salad in a food processor (including adding a dressing in that way) is actually a really extra tasty kind of salad. These are often called "micro-chopped salads" or "chopped salads". In a finely chopped salad you might be able to handle foods you couldn't otherwise and get that fresh raw vegetable taste. I suggest adding the ingredients you need chopped the finest first and processing them as needed before adding the other, softer ingredients. You can finely blend it so that any seeds or beans or fruit you added can become the dressing without needing to add anything else, or hummus or avocado with balsamic vinegar or lemon juice make great dressings that get really thoroughly mixed in, so you don't even need that much. It makes for a large, filling snack. (This can also be a great filling in a soft tortilla!)

I hope these ideas might help.



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I would go for low fat cottage cheese, nonfat yogurt, milk. I have trouble chewing because I have no teeth. I also like cinnamon applesauce (the no sugar added), mandarin oranges (in cups). These are just a few that I like. Hope this helps.



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Fresh strawberries. Good just like they are.

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today for breakfast I drank a green cocktail with spinach, kiwi and banana. I recommend this type of snack. As a replacement for sweets, I also eat desserts for kids: D

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I highly recommend green smoothies. I just had two handfuls of spinach to my favorite fruit smoothie. It changes the color and the nutritional value, but not the taste.
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Hope your mouth is soon better.



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Just want to chime in about the insurance thing - a lot of insurances carry a provision that if there are no in-network providers local to the patient they will create an exception for one local provider and pay them at an innetwork benefit level. You have to call your insurance and talk to them about your problem though. They might actually even reach out to local providers to work on recruiting them to the network.

They might also provide you with a list of providers that are close that can help you.

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7/27/18 1:44 P

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The problem I have is that there are no local dentists who will take my insurance. I have to go about an hour or so away. With very little transportation, that's hard.The one I was going to has about a year wait time right now...def not going back there. Not sure if some of the other dentists are better or not. I guess my mouth from front to back is really short and if they have the metal molds, I can't use them if they don't have kid sizes.

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Roasted or grilled veggies can come out pretty soft (and tasting better than some other methods) too!

Not everyone has dental insurance or plans that let you switch dentists at will unfortunately. Good luck!

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First of all, find another dentist, one that will be able to fit you properly with dentures. My husband just had his remaining teeth pulled and the ones that had broken off removed. He went several times for impressions until the dentist was satisfied with the fit.

Secondly, as others have suggested, fresh fruit like strawberries and bananas with low-fat strawberry-banana yogurt is one of my favorites. Also, peaches are in season right now. I use plain low-fat yogurt in place of, or as part of, the dressings when I make pasta and potato salads. I also fry my eggs with non-stick cooking spray and serve them with tomato slices.

You might try steaming or parboiling carrots, cauliflower, or broccoli so they aren't as hard to use with a healthy dip or hummus.

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i had my teeth pulled on wednsday and my bottom denture does not fit so i am still not able to eat solid foods. i am using my mini-food processor and my blender a lot . i am pureeing fruit to add to oatmeal. i look forward being able to chew anything.. other than biting myself

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In addition to all the helpful suggestions mentioned here, I would like to encourage you to seek the opinion of another dentist.

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Microwave that apple with some cinnamon & have with a bit of peanut or almond butter. I love that as a snack in the Fall--kind of like pie! emoticon

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Berries, bananas, fruits in general

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Yogurt, applesauce

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blueberries

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green smoothies

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berries!

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TY everyone!

Today I bought some bananas & watermelon to try for snacking. I figured you can't go wrong with fresh fruit. I thought about trying apples all cut up. Maybe I can try that next time I'm in town. I can't bite into a whole apple, but I'm sure I could manage slicing apples into slices.

I love hummus...so I may try some veggies dipped into it.

I've been trying the white tortilla chips with salsa, but I know I need to nix all those carbs more than I have been.

Like I always say....slow & steady wins the race.

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Hummus is great. Although often paired with crackers or celery, on a soft cooked bell pepper it is really good, too. You can dip cooked green beans in it or spread hummus on eggplant slices. My Geo Foreman grill is great for cooking onions, peppers, eggplant. You can probably think of other veggies. If you want even fewer calories than regular hummus, just puree the garbanzo (chickpeas) beans with some cumin.

Applesauce is good, especially unsweetened. You can add cinnamon. You can cook dates or raisins to add a different taste, although they do sell berry and peach and green apple flavors in the unsweetened.


Nonfat greek yogurt is really good. Thaw some blueberries or other frozen fruit and it'll probably be soft enough for you without cooking. Best wishes for healthy snacking!


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i don't want to repeat excellent advice below. you can make smaller portions of anything a snack- if you like soups (esp cold ones now that it's summer!) those could work pretty easily. smaller portions of leftovers could work too. soft dips like spinach dip made with greek yogurt are another personal favorite that may work well for you. think of ways to make foods you enjoy work for you- for example, i like greek yogurt with fruit, so if i'm having sensitivity (like I did after getting some fillings re-done), i blended the fruit and swirled it into the yogurt so i wouldn't have to bite down. oatmeal/overnight oats and chia pudding are good options as well!

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Applesauce is good and there are several brands w/no added sugar. Same with yogurt.

If salt isn't a big issue (well we all have to watch it), V8 has a high fiber variety that I like and is filling too. They do make a low sodium variety but not as high in fiber. That with a hard boiled egg or 100 cal piece of soft cheese would be filling.

Hope you find a dentist who can help you.

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Could you also try smoothies and soups loaded with fruits and vegetables?

On a side note: have you tried changing dentists? There has to be an option out there for you.

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Cottage cheese, greek yogurt, all different kinds of cheeses, hard boiled eggs, dried fruits like raisins(in limited quantities), avocado and ground flaxseed/hemp seed added to the yogurt etc all make for good snacks. I also enjoy leftover cooked veggies like broccoli with a bit of salad dressing sometimes.... There are also many softer fresh fruits: melons, bananas, plums, apricots, or even canned pears in the juice would be good.
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I see a lot of the healthy snacks and even some foods that are crunchy or harder to chew. Are there any that aren't so hard?

My problem is I don't have any teeth and the local dentist doesn't have molds small enough for my mouth so can't get the dentures made because of my tiny mouth lol.

Any ideas would be appreciated.

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