Please help with ideas for liquid/soft food diet for 8 weeks
I had an accident over the holidays and without going in to details I have to get all my upper teeth pulled today. I will be getting full upper dentures but that is not for about 8 weeks when I’m fully healed. I will be very limited to what I can eat due to a jaw fracture as well, basically liquids and very soft foods for roughly 8 weeks. In anticipation of this I purchased the “Cuisinart blend and cook soup and beverage maker”. I have been dieting and made great gains with this loosing almost 50 lbs with another 60 to go. I don’t want to gain weight back during my restricted eating time by eating fatty food or too much food to compensate for the lack of solid food. I would appreciate any feedback on recipes or ideas for liquid/soft foods. If anyone has the Cuisinart blend and cook any feedback on it would be appreciated as well, as I have yet to try it. My plan is to return to work on Monday so I will need to keep my energy up as well. Thanks for your help!!!
I too had to go on a liquid/soft diet for about a month because of dental problems. It was torture! By the end of it, I was desperate to chew anything. So, here's what I found out.
First of all, you need to eat protein so the best thing to do is buy some protein powder and add that to, e.g., smoothies, etc. That way you'll minimise muscle loss and will help to make you feel "full". Stay away from commercial flavourings, primarily because they will be loaded with sugar. Use fruit but again be mindful of how much you are eating if you don't want to put your weight back on. I made a lot of different types of vegetable soups and just blended them. I put chicken mince in the soups as it didn't require any chewing. I also made a lot of dhals. I got my protein from the lentils and I had a different taste sensation from the spices.
Then you have that old standby, mashed potato, but stay away from the cream and butter. Scrambled eggs. I also found that meal supplements, e.g. Slim Fast, convenient when I was working. Just fill a flask with skimmed milk and add the powder when you want to drink it, and give a vigorous shake.
One thing to keep in mind: just because you are on a liquid/soft diet, it doesn't mean you can give yourself permission to eat and drink all day long. I found I was less hungry if I "ate" 5 times a day than having the usual breakfast, lunch and dinner, and was really disciplined about that. I also made sure that I didn't exceed my total calorie intake for the day. I worked out how many calories I wanted to eat each day and divided that up into 5 portions.
Hope this helps.
SQUATS AND OATS
Wait. Wrong forum.
Oats for breakfast
Yoghurt and berries for a snack
Anything that can be made into a soup
If you're feeling particularly heroic, make something that shouldn't be a soup into a soup anyway
Get a variety of winter vegetables, roast them, puree them with broth.
If buying broth, read the label. I get the organic stuff with no additives.
Also, read the labels on the protein powder. The last time I bought it, I made the mistake of getting the vanilla flavor. It was very convenient, but, too sweet, and it was sweetened with sugar.
I'll be trying to make a smoothie from egg white protein, ginger tea, and fruit. I'll report back on the results.
The smoothie was okay, considering it has no dairy or added sugar. I used egg white protein, ginger tea, ice, flaxseed meal, and a banana.
My objective is to eat low-carb, grain-free, and dairy-free. I think the smoothie has potential for an easily digested meal with adequate protein, plus some omega-3 fatty acids.
The recipe comes from The Paleo Diet Cookbook by Loren Cordain.
So sorry to her about your accident. Wishing you a speedy recovery!
These should give you plenty of ideas:
Blend first, heat afterwards. Hot soups or hot liquids somehow expand / explode when blended -- you'll see tales of lids flying and massive kitchen messes.
Mashed /blended sweet potatoes with garam masala or cinnamon are good. Use a bit of skim milk to thin if necessary.
Tuna/garbanzo/lemon blended dip is nice even without the usual veggies or crackers.