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new braces: soft, but healthy foods?

wowimadog Dec 4, 2007 04:07 PM

my better half just got braces and his mouth is hurting, but he's also on a diet and pre-diabetic. all my go-to soft foods are seemingly off-limits (ice cream/gelato, pasta, mashed potatoes, tortillas, etc.). he's had his fill of hard boiled eggs, oatmeal and broth. any suggestions for our quandary? thanks.

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  1. pikawicca RE: wowimadog Dec 4, 2007 04:13 PM

    You can make very tasty mashed potatoes with olive oil and tomato juice, very heart-healthy. Oatmeal is completely healthful, you just can't dump cream on it. Try 1 % organic milk. Ditto rice pudding made with 1 % organic milk -- really yummy.

    1. soypower RE: wowimadog Dec 4, 2007 04:28 PM

      My diabetic brother had a toothache a few months ago and he survived on no-carb sausage stuffing...Replace pork rinds for bread crumbs in your favorite stuffing recipe.

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        brittle peanut RE: wowimadog Dec 4, 2007 04:31 PM

        Make a stew/soup he likes and puree it.

        How about other kinds of eggs such as omelet or scrambled? How about well cooked meat in a soup that's not pureed, the kind where the meat is very soft and easy to chew?

        1. Euonymous RE: wowimadog Dec 4, 2007 04:34 PM

          Split pea soup will hit the spot without hurting. It has a pretty low glycemic index, so shouldn't be a problem for his blood sugar

          Liz
          T1 since 1970.

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            reannd RE: wowimadog Dec 4, 2007 07:24 PM

            i dont know where cottage cheese fits into the picture (i see no ice cream, but that's usually loaded w.extra fun sugar). if he can swing it, there's a ton of threads out there on how to hack cottage cheese to fit anyones palate.

            1. enbell RE: wowimadog Dec 4, 2007 07:27 PM

              see this thread:
              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/333752
              I hope he feels better :)

              1. Emme RE: wowimadog Dec 5, 2007 12:43 AM

                try mashed cauliflower or mashed turnips/rutabagas instead of potatoes.

                total yogurt w/ cinnamon and splenda/stevia.

                baked apples, if he can spare the carbs.

                scrambled tofu instead of eggs... or miso broth w/ a variety of well-cooked greens (mustard, bok choy, kale), wild mushrooms, and egg whites drizzled into a rolling broth or chopped tofu...

                make thin egg white pancakes and fill w/ a little sweetened cottage cheese w/ cinnamon and some sugar-free preserves

                broccoli souffle... blend broccoli, lipton's onion soup mix, fat free ricotta, fat free sour cream, egg whites, salt and white pepper, then bake in a Pam-sprayed dish

                when all else fails, sugar free jello :-)

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                  AZCook RE: wowimadog Dec 15, 2007 09:43 AM

                  Here are two links to sources for soft-food recipes that are braces-friendly:
                  www.ArchWired.com, a website for adults in braces
                  www.bracescookbook.com/MoreRecipesfro..., a link to orthodontists who have recipes posted
                  Hope some of this helps with your specific needs.

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