Cavities, palatal expanders, dental implants, braces, wisdom teeth, oral surgery — these are just a few of the challenges your children and teens may face. As a result, their mouths will be sore and they’ll need a soft food diet at some point.
You want to provide them with healthy eating options, but sometimes moms have just too much going on to get too creative with soft food ideas. Yet, you also don’t want to be worrying about cooking for multiple diets.
Over the years my kids have experience a wide range of mouth pain from palatal expanders, retainers, and braces, to Invisalign and multiple extractions of wisdom teeth. Each time, there’s been a challenging season of what to feed them since their mouths are so sore.
Lucky for them, I broke my jaw in college, so I can definitely empathize with mouth pain and an inability to chew regular foods. I made it my practice to develop soft food recipes that are both affordable and delicious — as well as easy to prep.
Why Do This
This list makes it easier. The general advice to prepare your kids “soft foods” can feel overwhelming when you’re used to a regular diet of pizza and tacos. Having a list ready for soft food diets can be really helpful. Bookmark your favorites and let us know in the comments what works best for you.
You want your kid to eat. When chewing hurts, you want to make sure your kid can eat! You don’t want to compound hangry-ness with mouth pain.
Tips for Success
Stick to flavors your kids enjoy. Now is not the time to test out new flavors and a soft diet on your child. They want comfort and are more likely to gobble down foods they enjoy, even if they can’t actually chew them.
Don’t bulk cook. Unless you know your kid absolutely loves a certain food, don’t make a big batch. It could be wasted time, money, and food. Test out new things in small batches to make sure it passes the test.
Take good notes. You don’t want to recreate the wheel the next time someone in the family needs to eat soft foods. Keep track of what’s well-received so you can make it again sometime.
Don’t kill the craving completely. Too much of a good thing can be…. too much! Don’t serve the same soft foods across the entire period, otherwise, your child may associate it with pain. Instead, vary things a bit so there are no bad associations with foods.
Pay attention to doctor instructions. In some instances, such as wisdom tooth extraction, there are certain foods, particularly berries with seeds, that are off-limits. Heed medical instructions, no matter what the internet may say.
Bulk up nutrition. There are lots of things you can add to smoothies, purees, and soups that will increase their nutrients. Consider adding cooked vegetables, protein powder, cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, and fruits.
What are soft foods to eat?
Soft foods can include smoothies and purees. Applesauce and mashed potatoes are common purees, but you can also puree other cooked foods, such as apricots, carrots, peas, peaches, and sweet potatoes. Scrambled eggs, egg salad, and chicken noodle soup are also good options if crunchy bits like celery are left out.
How can you make soft foods?
Many fruits and vegetables can be cooked until very very soft. Depending on the presence of seeds, you can serve as is or strain through a fine mesh sieve to remove any seeds. A high speed blender can also be effective to make things very soft.
What can you add to soft foods to make them more nutritious?
There are lots of things you can add to bulk things up, such as cottage cheese, protein powder, and Greek yogurt.
Soft Foods when You Can’t Chew
At first, you’ll want very soft foods, those that don’t need any chewing at all. These are all great options.
Freezer Smoothies for Quick Snacks & Breakfasts – Good Cheap Eats
Build a stash freezer of freezer smoothies so that you can enjoy quick snacks and breakfasts without having to clean the blender every day!
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