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Friday, February 24

The greatest liquid and soft foods list in the world!

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I need your help today. As you know, I had oral surgery yesterday. Not only did it take ALL DAY (which we were not anticipating) but YOWZAH my mouth hurts. Also, I sound like a crazy person when I talk. Just ask Helen Jane. I called her last night to get some help on work and she literally laughed when she first heard me. Rightly so, my friends, rightly so. Don’t feel bad for me. If you were Helen Jane, you would have laughed, too.

Anyway, back to the help-from-you part. I have to “eat” a liquid diet for two days and then soft foods for one week. I’ve got chicken broth, green smoothies (thanks, Cherisse!) and ice cream all ready to go, but certainly there must be other options, right? So, I’m coming to you for advice. Share your best ideas for liquid and soft meals…especially if you’ve been in this boat in the past and have experience. And if you have strong opinions on things I should not eat at this time, share those, too!

Our goal is to create the greatest liquid and soft foods list in the world! Pretty awesome goal, eh? When some poor soul like me searches “liquid and soft foods to eat after oral surgery,” I want them to find your beautiful and comprehensive list. It’s a public service we’re performing here, folks. Now, share those ideas!

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  1. Too bad you don’t live closer to Seattle, because I have a freezer full of homemade baby food that I’m sure my 10-month old would love to share! I just put a big batch of slow-cooker chicken and dumplings through the food processor last night. :) I hope you feel better soon! I had six wisdom teeth (yes, I know, I’m a freak of nature) and went through some pretty wicked oral surgery several years ago. I lived on pistachio pudding and super-smooth mashed potatoes — more of a potato puree, rather.

  2. Oh love!
    Sometimes a giggle is all we can muster when things (in your case) get so piled-atop-crazy.

    Sending you all the best healing thoughts — my favorite softies from my mouthwork included acorn squash soup and mashed potatoes.

    Avoid clam chowder, those clams can be murder on tender gums.

    • Jane Maynard

      I’ve got squash in the oven now…

      And I also have clam chowder in the fridge, but will promptly put it in the freezer for later! :)

  3. 3
    sharon

    How about some soft polenta/grits? I can remember from my various oral surgeries and from when my husband and son had their tonsils out recently that most readily available soft foods are sweet. I did a lot of mashing and blending of regular foods for them so they could get some savory and protein. you can also add protein powder to oatmeal or other foods if you’re feeling particularly weak/depleted. Oh, and avoid citrus and tomatoes, those sting!

    best of luck for a speedy recovery.

    • Jane Maynard

      you’re so right, so many of the soft foods are sweet. today I drank some chicken broth and it was like heaven just because it was salty! thanks for the good suggestions

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    Cstherine

    Lots of soups can be put in the blender and turn out great. Chickpea leek is a favorite around here, really anything with beans or lentils would work well. Honestly I often mean to do this just because I like it.

  5. 5
    Susan

    Pudding, mashed potatoes (white or sweet), yogurt, milkshakes, aforementioned soups, soft poached eggs, cream of wheat.

  6. 6
    Olivia H

    I tried all of these with good success after I got my wisdom teeth out a few years ago! Hopefully they’ll add some variety to your diet!

    First few days:
    Mashed potatoes (or yams, or sweet potatoes, or butternut squash)
    Split pea soup
    Jello (you can make some pretty interesting flavors using gelatin packets & fresh fruit)
    Tofu (i like it plain, uncooked mixed up with some teriyaki…that may just be me, though)
    I would also suggest throwing in some silken tofu with smoothies for added protein over the next few days!

    When you’re a bit healed up:
    Pastina (that tiny, tiny, tiny pasta!) Just make sure you cook it well!
    Scrambled eggs
    Sauteed spinach, just make sure to chop it really finely first

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    kim

    Pioneer woman’s butternut squash lures is SO good, and I like cauliflower put in the food processor with coconut oil and salt–kind of a mashed potato substitute.

    As for what NOT to eat, when you start feeling better ahead of schedule, do NOT try to eat a steak. I learner the hard way the night after I had my wisdom teeth out that no matter how good I thought I was feeling, I was not ready for that type of chewing.

    • Another great fill up soft food is a bottled milkshake, Ensure. They sell them in 4- and 6- packs. In great flavors, too. My personal favorite is Butter Pecan Milkshake. It has 9 gr. protein per bottle and 24 essential vitamins and minerals. It costs 7-9 dollars. I’ve been living on Ramen, Ensure, Campbell
      Noodle soup, and Lifesavers and Bread.

  8. 9
    Emily

    After a miserable seven days of liquid, I had no groceries and foraged through the pantry shared with my roommates.

    I made mashed potatoes and topped it with canned Hormel chili. I don’t like chili much, especially from a can (gross!…but soft!), but this really hit the spot (once I was able to manage soft food).

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    Cherie

    After my son got braces, he couldn’t chew for the first few days as his jaw was so sore. I didn’t relish a growing teenage boy existing on sugar alone, so I went back to his favorite baby foods.

    Mashed kiwi sweetened with mashed bananas
    zucchini sliced and steamed with garlic and Parmesan
    Roasted bell pepper puree over creamy polenta
    cottage cheese with applesauce

    Feel better soon!

  10. 11
    Sarah H.

    When I had my tonsils out I had to eat soft foods for 2 weeks. Not sure if the diet is the same or not, but some of my favorites were mashed potatoes and gravy, scrambled eggs, cream of wheat, and pierogies (boiled not pan friend. I hope you feel better soon!

  11. 12
    Jane Maynard

    two of you mentioned cream of wheat – I always forget about that stuff and I loved it as a kid – putting it on the shopping list!

  12. 13
    Jane Maynard

    THANK YOU everyone for so many great suggestions – seriously, every comment is so helpful. thank you thank you!

    please keep it coming! :)

  13. 14
    na

    Hummus straight up from a spoon :-)

  14. 15
    Becky

    I made pistaschio pudding last night (and by making, I mean whisking milk and pudding mix together)…and it was really good!

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    Erin

    Unfortunately, I can contribute to this list. I somehow contracted what my doc believed to be hand foot and mouth disease when I was 7 months pregnant and it was mostly all centered in my mouth! I was on a full liquid diet for 8 days, which would not have been bad had I not been 7 months pregnant! I lived on the following things:
    1. Soups, fully pureed. My hubby did not know what an immersion blender was before but he sure knew what one was after I was healed. 2. Ice cream and milkshakes, but I was really sensitive to temperatures so by the time I could stand it, it was more like soup 3. Yogurts 4. Mashed potatoes 5. Jello 6. Ensure drinks, only because I kept losing weight and my doc made me drink 3 a day
    Once I started feeling a little better, it was on to refried beans, rice, mac and cheese, applesauce, oatmeal, cottage cheese and other soft, but more nutrtious foods.
    I hope your liquid diet does not last as long or is as painful as mine was. The first thing I ate when I felt better was a donut because I had made the mistake of watching a donut special on the food network while I was sick and those donuts were all I could think of. Give yourself some motivation by thinking of your healed meal…maybe it will help!

    • Jane Maynard

      that sounds completely miserable, erin! I’m in sort of the same boat – still breastfeeding and feeling like I really need to get nourishment and fluid into my system. luckily my liquid diet phase is only 2 days…8 seems so hard!!!

      thanks for all the great suggestions…so helpful!

    • Jane Maynard

      oh, and I love the idea of planning out my first real meal to look forward to! :)

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    Christina

    How about some mashed carrots? I peel, then boil the carrots and some onion until they’re super soft, then add a tablespoon or so of honey, ginger, and however much of chopped cilantro. It’s yummy! :)

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    Megan Flowers

    My husband discovered that mashed potatoes could be flavored up with all kinds of stuff when he has his wisdoms removed. Bacon/ Cheese/ Herbs
    Cottage Cheese with sweet or savory additions.
    Cream soups
    Miso Soup
    Avocado
    Mashed Beans
    Pureed Squash

    Feel Better!

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    collette

    I had my wisdom teeth out when my third child as 5 months old and went into the surgeon’s office feeling pretty confident I would make it through the recovery period…until I had to sign a paper saying I WOULD NOT USE A STRAW FOR A WEEK!!! I honestly just about walked out of the office! What was I going to do?? It was awful. I like fruit smoothies but was dieing for something savory. Unfortunately I had a kindergartener, toddler, and infant and was at least a thousand miles away from anyone who would help me! I survived on two things…the first was KFC mashed potatoes and gravy (drive-thru KFC made this possible even when I was not dressed), the second thing I did was to buy the best canned soup possible and drink/spoon slurp the liquid. Any homemade pureed soup would be great but at that time in my life having that kind of time was a luxury! I remember being so hungry for solid food I could’ve CRIED! I hope you’re back to crunching in no time!

    • Jane Maynard

      I can’t even tell you how happy I am I’m allowed to use a straw, it makes all the difference!!!

  19. Oh I am so sorry! Oral surgery just bites the big one! No pun intended actually! I don’t have much to contribute, but wanted to stop by and say hello and I hope you are feeling better soon!

  20. I hope you feel better soon!

    I had oral surgery when I was 15 and was on a liquid/soft foods diet for 6 weeks. It was LONG! I remember eating a lot of broth/soup, ice cream and carnation/slim fast type instant breakfast drinks. Eventually I really missed eating good food and convinced my parents to get some lo mein from our favorite Chinese restaurant so I could taste the noodles and then swallow them without chewing. (gross, I know)

    The one thing that still makes me gag was when my mom ground mac and cheese into a semi-liquid form. It was disgusting and after that she mostly let me decide what to eat!

    • Jane Maynard

      semi-liquid mac & cheese sounds like child abuse to me! ;) 6 weeks is a LONG time, by the way. glad you survived!

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    Kari

    I know this might be late…
    1. Mashed potatoes.
    2. Rice, cooked with cream of mushroom. I dunno… its a comfort food.
    3. Scrambled eggs
    4. Pudding.
    5. Soup or Chicken and dumplings.
    6. Smoothies.
    7. Oatmeal.

    Good luck. Been there a few times. :(

  22. 23
    Kristin

    What about the pastini with peas from Meal Makeover Moms, it is delicious and super soft! I love all the other ideas!

  23. 24
    Rynell

    I would blend regular soup recipes like vegetable soup and chowders. I hope you heal quickly.

    Monday-BBQ chicken in crock pot (trying a new recipe from pinterest), roasted cauliflower, cornbread
    Tuesday- Potato Bar (eating this at a church function)
    Wednesday- Tangy pork chops, butternut squash, roasted asparagus
    Thursday- Tacos or taco salad
    Friday- Easy Chicken Enchiladas (with green sauce) from cafe johnsonia, salad
    Saturday- Italian vegetable soup (my favorite soup recipe), biscuits
    Sunday- Spaghetti with marinara & meatballs, green salad

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    Emily

    Thank you so much for this blog….. I just brought home my 14 yr old son home from the hospital…. He was hit by a car (really he hit the car) and both his top and bottom jaw was broken, they didnt wire his mouth because all the bones are in the right place…. He was sent home with NO CHEWING orders…. with that said Im here looking for some suggestions and I have found some wonderful ideas…. Thank you for all the do’s and don’ts.

    • Jane Maynard

      I am so happy that this post will be o helpful! yay! much love and happy positive healing energy to your son!!!

  25. 26
    Tami

    Thanks to everyone here for great suggestions and useful information. My husband had oral surgery and was getting awfully tired of yogurt and cream of wheat, basically. I had considered trying to smush up some mac-and-cheese, so now (after reading these comments), I know not to do that! I did give him some clam chowder … but I blended up everything except the chunks of clams which I made really really tiny. Also, we found that he could eat polenta and refried beans. He asked for Kefir. And he likes Tapioca pudding. I also made him a pound cake, which was soft enough and gave him a bit more variety. Appreciate the many ideas of many folks!

  26. 27
    Erica

    Our 19 yr old had all 4 wisdom teeth out yesterday. Scrambled eggs with grated melted cheese, oatmeal, applesauce and tapioca have been going down O.K. Now he’s craving savory and salty foods.
    I’m going to try a baked custard my mom used to make. Baked apples are really soft and yummy. Any other ideas?

  27. 28
    Michelle

    Thank you all for your wonderful suggestions. I had oral surgery yesterday for an impacted wisdom tooth AND a cracked tooth on top of that wisdom tooth. Have been in excruciating pain for over a year. Finally found a competent dentist and oral surgeon. Anyhoo, I laughed when he told me i would only be able to eat soft foods for 6 weeks. My first thought was, “finally, I might reach my weight loss goal. I’ll be using these ideas and upping my water intake to get a few lost pounds out of the deal. Wish me luck. Hopefully my other impacted wisdom tooth will behave. I wish you all a speedy recovery.

  28. 29
    Kristina

    Love this posting! I am having five molars removed Thursday and will be having a full mouth extraction in December. So eating will be difficult at best.i have been looking for recipes and food ideas. I recently visited Lancaster county in Pennsylvania. I had an amazing cracker pudding that I found the recipe for and will be ale to eat after surgery. I also hope to lose some weight in the process…looking for the bright side of things!

    • Mary Beth

      I just had a full mouth extraction on Monday. Hope all goes well and I don’t starve. There are some great ideas here.

  29. 30
    Daute

    Hey Jane,
    It’s so great that you took the time and care to put this together. The folks have been so gracious to share their ideas with all of us and it will be very helpful when I go for 4 dental implants ( after bone grafting 2 years ago ) on Sat. Sept. 1st. I already had problems but falling off a ladder face down 3 years ago did not help. ( I’m more careful on a ladder these days…..well mostly I don’t get up on ladders anywhere…….for some reason I don’t like them much )
    Here’s a little laugh for everyone.
    I was just invited to the First Annual Corn Roast and cold dish Pot Luck supper with some of my business associates on Sunday Sept 9th to celebrate a new and exciting phase of our company.
    That will be interesting……after a 2.5 hour drive to get there I will be eating something soft and mushy and COLD……..forget the mashed potatoes for this event. Time to get creative. My husband wonderful man and talented cook that he is, has already offered to help.
    His suggestion with it being fresh eggplant season……….Babaganoush …..since I can’t chew on pita bread I will sprinkle a couple of the best black olives on it cut into teeny tiny dice for that kick of texture and salty flavour we all crave
    …or another take on it which includes sun dried tomatoes……..YUMMMMMMM!!!
    http://www.iloveeggplant.com/recipe/baba-ganoush-with-sun-dried-tomatoes
    find a recipe above……….and all sorts of other great recipes as well
    don’t care for eggplant?……substitute zucchini instead
    Another dish you can try is zucchini ribbon pasta which is soft and lovely or ultra thin zucchihi pasta with basil marinara or any favourite pasta sauce with grated cheese or Alfredo sauce.
    Enjoy and thank you all!

    To everyone who needs healing many blessings and hope for a full recovery.

    I am looking forward to the first annual Corn Roast and dreaming of the 2nd annual one when all of my dental work will be complete and I can eat delicious solid food……..Yeah!

    • denise

      hi good luck i had 4 implants over the past 2 years. and just completed the last 2
      but they just told me no herbs in sauce and no seeds. be careful hope all went well
      i go back to C my oral surgeon on 9/25 so im on soft foods til then

  30. 31
    Shirley

    I had the last 5 of my upper teeth pulled yesterday. Have to go for 2 months before I get my upper plate so it is lots of soft foods. I have a vita mix and I took fresh tomatoes, celery, bell pepper, carrots, cucumbers, onion,lemon juice and italian seasoning and blended it up, thinned it with water and put in fridge. It is really good and the tomatoe did not make my mouth hurt. Had oatmeal for breakfast, some of the veggie juice and peach jello for lunch. I am going to make wild rice soup for dinner. Jello is 1 large or 2 small pks of jello, 2 cups boiling water stir and then add a can of peach pie filling and 1 cup sour cream. really good. chop the peachs up smaller by running a knife up and down in the can after you open.

  31. 32
    Jen

    I just had a tooth pulled last weekend. The first couple of days I couldn’t eat more than oatmeal, yogurt, applesauce & pudding. By Monday I had to go back to work though, and eat something a bit more substantial. I got Ramen noodles, mac & cheese cups and soup to take to work. We had mac & cheese for dinner last night & tried pasta with tomato sauce tonight. Both worked OK, just chew slowly & take small bites. Rinse really well after eating too, my surgeon recommended 1/4 tsp of salt mixed with 8 oz warm water to rinse with. Tastes gross, but helps keep things clean. Good luck!

  32. 33
    denise

    i thought i was only one lacking a list
    i had oral surgery (2 in 5 days) i did the pasta/ricotta and smoothies
    thanks for this list!!!

  33. 34
    denise

    o and no bread for a week this is the worst I love pizza!! o wel tuesday go back to
    surgeon Tuesday nite pizza night!!!

  34. 35
    Gail

    I had all my teeth (21) removed 4 days ago and am in agony.
    I’ve been eating mashed potatoes with various gravies, yogurt and milkshakes. It wouldn’t be so bad, but I have immediate dentures in and it makes even swallowing hurt my mouth. No chewing at all! My friend just loaned me her blender and I’m off to the fresh produce isle for some good healthy soup makings. I wonder if it would blend a steak? Hmmmm.

  35. 36
    hannah

    i just got oral surgery like 20 min. ago and im in soo much pain! i dont know what foods to eat besides icecream, milkshakes, potatoes, and soup. any other ideas would be very helpful to know about. 

    • Shannah

      Are you eating soft foods now? Try cottage cheese, eggs, pancakes soaked in syrup, canned yams, cranberry sauce.

    • Jane Maynard

      hannah – definitely read through all of these comments, there are great suggestions in them! good luck!!!

  36. 37
    Shannah

    I had two impacted wisdom teeth out on my lower jaw on 10-4-12. I am SO paranoid about getting dry socket or food particles stuck in the holes (they were not stitched) that I am making myself go on a liquid diet for a while until I am comfortable with soft foods. I am still in discomfort, throbbing and aching comes and goes. I have been eating:

    Tomato Soup (I soften bits of bread or crackers in it and swallow whole)
    Pureed Soups (Chicken Corn Chowder not bad)
    Pudding
    Icecream
    Applesauce
    Yogurt
    Cream of Wheat
    Mashed Potatoes with Sour Cream n Gravy
    Broth
    Pureed Spaghettios
    Mashed Broccoli n Cheese
    Anything I don’t have to chew is on the menu for me.

    Also, I know how difficult it is to eat or drink anything after surgery, but please do not put it off. After I got home on the day of surgery I took my medicine with a little broth. After about 7-8 hours after surgery, that night, the bleeding finally stopped and I took out the gauze ready to get something in my stomach since it was about 7:30 pm. I went to the kitchen and pulled out the yogurt while my mom was making french toast for herself. I didn’t even have time enough to eat a whole tablespoon of it before this intense heat wave washed over my entire body several times and I went limp and lightheaded barely making it to the dining room chair. I then felt incredibly weak, barely able to lift my arms to rest them on the other chair, and also felt nauseated. It was too difficult to speak so I was not answering my mom’s questions of how I was feeling. She thought I was lightheaded from not eating all day and thought I was just sitting/resting. In actuality I was going into shock and my body was gradually shutting down. She came over after I was unresponsive from not being able to answer her questions and noticed that my face and body was covered in perspiration. She finally realized what was going on- I had low blood sugar and needed sugar fast. She immediately gave me some syrup on my tongue and it immediately started making me feel better enough to whisper “icecream”. She went to the back fridge and spoon fed me icecream until I was able to take over myself. I felt weak the rest of the night and next day, but will never forget that experience and how my mom pretty much saved my life. I would have blacked out and went into a coma and eventually died without help. So, please eat what you can after surgery!!!

    • Jane Maynard

      my goodness! that is crazy! so glad your mom was there – and thanks for all the great suggestions.

      I was so paranoid about dry socket when I had my wisdom teeth out a few years ago as well – it’s freaky thinking about it! good luck with the healing!

    • Kat Knapp

      I had a similar problem. I had a full mouth extraction last month with immediates. After the surgery I was told to immediately eat something upon getting home. However due to error, I was sent home without gauze and felt like I was going to bleed out on the way home. When I got home I found some gauze and packed it in my mouth and it was another couple hours before I could even take the gauze out long enough to sip water. By the time I could eat, I was almost too sick to eat.

  37. 38
    Debbie Current

    Thank you so much for this post. I am going to have oral surgery soon and I was looking for foods so I could be prepared. Also, nice to know I’m not alone and read the stories from others. I see you posted this in February, so I am surprised and happy that the post is still going strong.

    • Jane Maynard

      good luck with your surgery! and, yes, I get a comment on this post about once a week, it’s wonderful! :)

  38. 39
    Paula

    Going through oral surgery recovery now. Make a batch of split pea soup, load it up with onions, garlic, carrots, celery, green pepper and use chicken broth instead of water. When everything is cooked to a soft stage, puree it in a blender or food processer. Zuchini squash and onions can be cooked to a soft stage and zuchini bread without nuts is doable.

  39. 40
    Karen

    I am having oral surgery involving 6 lower jaw implants on Wednesday. Liquid diet for 2 weeks. Very helpful suggestions here, but it would be nice to see a single comprehensive list that is easy to copy. Does this exist on this or another website? Thanks to all!

    • Jane Maynard

      sorry it’s not all together in one list, but we have it in comment format so that it can be updated anytime when people come on and have new suggestions. I’m sure you could google around and maybe find a list, but I would definitely read through the comments and just take note on your favorite suggestions, there are some very good ones! :) good luck with your surgery on wednesday – happy, healthy vibes going your way!

  40. 41
    Catherda

    I had all my teeth pulled this last with no dentures in sight, Friday so far like others I got tired of sweet foods and wanted real food hamburger gravy over mashed potatoes was my savior and even though someone mention no tomatoes I didn’t have an issue with spaghetti,made sure no big chunks of hamburger. Also the sauce was from scratch. Tonight i am going to try strongoff using the same principal.

  41. 42
    Katrina

    Hello Jane and well done on starting this post.

    Have been in agony for past 5 weeks with an ulcerated, very painful mouth.

    After one misdiagnosis or another I found an oral surgeon who has tentatively diagnosed Oral Lichen Planus.

    I’ve just had a biopsy to confirm this and to rule out anything else. Am trying to cope with the stitches and a swollen, bruised face. I miss smiling! : )

    Eating is well nigh impossible so stumbled upon this site while tying to find new soft food recipes.

    One thing I’ve found to be really helpful is to make an egg flip. Just wizz some milk and an egg along with any flavouring you like and it makes a nutritious and easily ‘eaten’ breakfast.

    All the very best to all who stumble upon your site.

    Cheers!

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    Alice E

    It has been quite a while since I’ve needed a soft diet, but came over to see the suggestions. No one has mentioned one of my favorites, milk toast. Basically you just make toast and butter it and pour hot milk over it. I usually cut up the toast in small squares to simplify eating it, and sometimes add extra butter and some salt. You should, of course, use a soft bread with no hard bits from seeds or such. I also just heat milk with a little bit of salt and butter and crumble up cracker in it, then eat after the crackers get real soggy. This can be seasoned a bit more with onion or garlic powder if you want. These aren’t sweet and provide milk protein as well. Also I sometimes use the unflavored gelatin and fruit juice, which has more vitamins than the jello in a box. When my kids were little I sometimes gave them jello water, just regular jello made with about a quart of water, so it didn’t set up and they could just drink it.

    • Jane Maynard

      I know I’ve heard of milk toast so I’m surprised no one else suggested it, either! thanks for your comment. and good idea on the jello!

  43. You just mention a list of soft foods … i didn’t found anywhere…
    Also can you guide me for tonsillitis. which soft foods should i take..
    Any suggestion immediately …Thanks in advance!!!!

  44. 45
    Victoria

    Thanks for such a Wonderful list.
    I had major dental surgery, almost two weeks ago.
    Still have the stitches & lots of swelling.
    I have tried almost everything I see here, but wanted
    to add my 2cents worth;
    Because of nausea my stomach has been picky.
    So, one day its soft cooked eggs, the next it’s applesauce.
    I also made a crust-less spinach quiche, cooked gently with cheese, eggs & butter.
    I didn’t see anyone mention fish? A gently baked filet is so tender, you don’t need to chew. Lemon dill sauce.
    Tonight I am making a Mexican stew, I have been cooking the ground beef for hours to tenderize & beans, hominy with enchilada sauce & beer. Not sure about the hominy, but after hours it should be tender. Even if I can’t chew, I can enjoy the broth. Or put it in the blender, LOL!
    I plan on a gumbo tomorrow, comfort food for me, I plan to gently cook the chicken till it’s falling apart & dice very small, add seasoning veggies, simmer & Serve on soft rice.
    Contemplating pate, but not sure what to put it on?
    Really craving protein…

    • Jane Maynard

      thanks for your additional ideas – and hope you feel better soon…and get to have some protein soon!!!

  45. 46
    Jessica

    Oh I’m so glad I found this!! My husband just had MAJOR oral surgery last night and is on a liquid diet for 8 WEEKS!!!!! He can’t have anything that he has to chew even a little bit. Some of these suggestions are awesome, thank you!!!

    • Jane Maynard

      good luck over the next 8 weeks – it’s so hard to do a liquid diet – especially at the holidays! happy healing vibes for your hubby!

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    Rosemarie Stupel

    Here are some additional options in addition to all sorts of soups from curried cauliflower to split pea to mulligatwany to avocado to cream of zucchini to lentil to squash to cucumber to black bean:

    mashed parsnips
    pureed turnips
    winter squash souffle (butternut or acorn are good)
    sweet potato casserole
    mushroom souffle
    eggplant casserole

  47. 48
    Stefanie K.

    My mom (Leah) wrote this cookbook for people with swallowing problems and she spent a year creating and perfecting every recipe. It got me through TWO oral surgeries.

    http://www.amazon.com/Soft-Foods-Easier-Eating-Cookbook/dp/0757002900

  48. 49
    Reinn

    Great foods to eat when having mouth pain:

    Grits
    Malt-o-meal
    Apple sauce
    Refried beans
    Mashed potatos with or without gravy
    Tomato soup
    Canned peas
    Bananas
    Spaghetti-o’s
    Grapefruit / Oranges slice in half and dig out fruit with a spoon.
    Soft breads without crust
    Yogurt
    Icecream
    Chicken/Beef soup cubes

    Experiment with as many foods as you can by walking down each isle of the store and think to yourself if it is a food you Have to chew, or can take tiny amounts of and swallow whole.
    I just got all my teeth pulled and I’m never hungry because I see food in a whole new way. You don’t have to bored of limited food. Even broth cubes taste great and fill you up.
    I ate spaghetti 2 nights ago!
    Good luck to everyone.

  49. 50
    Christine

    When my teeth were in pain from spacers (pre-braces) I would suck on cheese curls. You don’t have to chew them and it feels like you are getting something in to fill you up.

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    Abby

    I hope your recovery went smoothly and that you didn’t die of hunger. I have just recently had jaw surgery and I have been put on a liquid/mush diet for two weeks and I’m only two days in and I’m dying for something with flavor. I’ve been eating puréed fruits and baby food but I really love your ideas of mashed potatoes but I might put some spices in it to give me some flavor. I’ve also been told no dairy for two weeks so I’ve been having a lot of soy milk mixed with proteins and it didn’t taste too bad but I’ve added strawberry flavoring. for all my med taking they have been crushed and added to a glass of mango nectar and it’s delish. being a chocoholic I’ve been cutting cubes of chocolate and sliding them into my mouth between the elastics and just sucking on them and it is like heaven. I can’t wait til I can have real food but for now I am looking forward to some of these suggestions.

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    Mahli

    I know we are a year later than the original post but I found this site and after 4 very long weeks on a liquid diet, thought I would share my findings (I still have 2 more weeks to go) I had my entire upper palate (hard and soft) removed and reconstructed so I don’t even get to use a straw.
    1. Mashed potatoes as mentioned above with different things mixed in for flavors – ranch dressing, cheese, bacon bits, onion, chives, sour cream, cream cheese.
    2. I took plain old tomato soup and stirred in chili seasoning, taco seasoning – really any type of prepared seasoning that would work with a tomato base would be good.
    3. Puree some ground hamburger that was seasoned for tacos and mix it into Fiesta Nacho Cheese soup – it was really good.
    4. The cans of chunk chicken can be pureed and mixed into just about anything – mashed potatoes was my favorite.
    I created some bean soups and then used the immersion blender to get them fine enough to “eat”
    5. Chocolate Cream of Wheat with some melted chocolate chips was yummy and filling.
    6. Another favorite of mine is to puree some diced ham and crushed pineapple with pizza flavored sauce and then heat it up with mozzerella cheese – Canadian Bacon and Pineapple Pizza.

    I am lucky that looking at the food pureed doesn’t bother me, enjoying the weight loss but looking forward to starting soft foods soon.

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    Jeannette

    I will be having oral surgery on March 12, 2013. I went on the web looking for good protein shakes and found this posting! How wonderful not to live on protein shakes. I love all of the ideas! Hummus, hamburger gravy over mashed potatoes, baked butternut squash…I was only coming up with sweet things, milkshakes or ice cream. I hadn’t considered the fact that I might start craving the savory after the fun of sweets wore off. I wanted to be prepared and have liquid and soft foods on hand so I didn’t have to think about what I could eat when into the kitchen. I’m making my grocery list now. I have time to prepare soups and mushy things that I can freeze in meal size portions. Then just pop them in the microwave when I’m not up to making a fresh meal. When I’m feeling up to cooking I will have meals and ingredients already on hand and thought out.
    Thank you for starting this post!! It has been most helpful to so many of us! And is still as relevant today as it was when you started it a year ago. I will try to come back after my ordeal and post any new insights I might come up with. Good luck to all of you who will find this post in the future…and thank you to everyone who contributed to the post in the past!

    • Jane Maynard

      love your comment, jeannette! and I’m so glad this was a good resource for you – and we’ll definitely look forward to your follow-up later! :)

  53. My surgery is next Friday. I love all these great suggestions!

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    Dorien Peterson

    My husband had periodontal surgery today. About 4 days liquid and then soft for 7 weeks. Lots of good ideas. We made jello in gladware containers to take to work – cheaper and more quantity than store bought. Tonight. I mixed tomato soup with cheddar cheese soup. Also, an egg nog. Blend egg, milk, a little sugar and vanilla. Tomorrow, sweet potato – apple curry soup.

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    Kelsey

    Egg drop soup – chick broth, bring to a boil, beat an egg, drop slowly in while stirring mixture, add a tad of cornstarch.

    Cream of Potato Soup – peel and cut into cubes 3 potatoes, boil, when soft, drain. mash, add some milk, butter, salt, pepper, and a tad of sour cream.

    Protein Shakes!! I use EAS brand, taste pretty good.

    I’m going to be doing a liquid and soft food diet just for the weight loss for the most part. Also to cleanse my pallet. I would just do a juicing, but I don’t have gut to do that. :)

    Good luck to everyone! Here’s my food list that I’m going to do…

    any soups
    jello
    pudding
    popsicles
    yogurt
    oatmeal
    applesauce
    mashed potatoes
    eggs
    protein shakes
    veggies
    grits
    noodles
    tea
    water
    grapefruit juice
    coffee

    I’m going to do this for at least a full 2 weeks and see where it gets me. :D

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    Melody Durso

    Thanks for this helpful site. I’m on a soft food diet plus must avoid salt,spicy,acidic for 2 weeks, which makes it very boring. Plus I am a vegetarian (eat fish) and low-glycemic person so it’s been hard to find non-sweet foods. Also since I can’t brush my teeth I hate the taste of garlic in my mouth. Many good ideas here. I have mixed smashed canned tuna with cottage cheese, also smashed tuna with mashed avocado and greek yogurt. A soup made with fake chicken broth and buckwheat noodles and a little liquid aminos is tasty; you can add raw egg to this for an “egg drop soup” effect. I’ve been able to eat baked tilapia and spaghetti squash as well. Today I’m going to try mashed cauliflower pure. I bought some of the precooked polenta and will have it with soft eggs fo breakfast this morning. Keep the ideas coming!

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    Shannon

    Baked Potato, leak, and white bean soup…throw into chicken or vegetable broth, heat then purée.
    Soft white fish…grilled Talapia is great
    Protein shake…soy milk, non fat Greek yogurt, banana, protein powder
    Baked yams
    Any puréed soup made from your favorite vegetables (for protein, add beans before puree or bring to a boil again and drop a fresh egg or two in for egg drop soup). Top with avocado or cheese for a twist.
    Turkey loaf

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    Micki

    Just want to say thanks for this great list/post.
    I have just finished radiation for throat cancer. I have been unable to eat for two months now. I’ve basically been surviving on IV fluids. I am just starting to eat a little now am looking for ideas to kick start my appetite, but be gentle on my throat and mouth.
    My first food has been chicken broth and now that I’ve mastered that I’m ready for something new. I have to be careful of things that burn too. No acidic foods or I’m in a world of pain.
    Thanks again for a great list of ideas. It’s much appreciated.

    • Jane Maynard

      I’m so glad this list was helpful for you. congrats on finishing radiation – hope you are feeling better and good luck with everything!

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    Abby

    How about tomato soup! Its pretty much drinking! Haha and the best part, it’s so easy to cook! ;)

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    Me

    Grits and scrambled eggs are another good idea for a soft food breakfast.

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    anonymous

    Okay,
    Imagine doing this for 4 months. Looking for a little more diversity than simple carb solutions.

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    Jasmine

    Ensure is a good food for dem sore things. I’ve been living on Ensure, Soup, Ramen, and Bread.

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    Scally

    My wife is having titanium plates removed from her face in a couple of days! She had to have her jaws broken due to a jaw deformity, she couldn’t eat for 3 months with jaws wired, I don’t think the removal op will be as bad but I want to be prepared as last time she went down to.a size 6 (uk) and that is unhealthy! She was 18 at the time and her parents didnt really take care of her very well afterwards. She was in surgery for 8 hours and had hip bone and titanium plates in her face- around 26 of them. A few are starting to poke through after 13 years so out they come! I want to have a good choice of foods in as she lived on unhealthy cuppa soups for the most part. Thanks for all the suggestions , this will make shopping a little easier!

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    Taylor

    Just got surgery today!my mouth is still so numb after four hours! Once the numbing goes down I’ll definitely be trying some of these!

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    Tazzi

    Like others – glad I found this site. Stomach surgery & a liquid diet for 2 weeks & I am ready for other soft foods. Lots of suggestions here that I will try. My thoughts with all of you having eating problems for what ever reason. Will send hubby to the store with a list for better stuff. I, too, did mostly sweets for first 2 weeks & want real food now. Thanks again

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    Sherry

    I love fish and broiled or baked fish fits the bill when on a soft diet. I am on one now and have been enjoying baked potato, broiled and baked fish, and biscuits drenched in butter and honey or syrup. All are very soft and easy to eat with minimal chewing. I especially have enjoyed the fish; I was getting sick of pudding and yogurt!

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    Kim

    I’m currently on a liqud diet for six weeks…and, by liquid, I can only eat or drink things through a syringe. No straws or spoons, as my jaw is wired shut.

    Ensure or Boost is great! Also, you can liquify many things to a milk like consistency that can go into a syringe.

    I’m in week 5 and can vouch…it really is do-able, even a straight thin liquid, no straw diet.

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    Sarah

    Hi there. I just had two wisdom teeth removed this morning and feeling really good considering. I just made the best dinner and wanted to share! Mashed polenta using beef broth, topped with shredded cheese, refried beans ( I used the green chills lime flavor) warm in microwave and top with mild taco sauce, mashed avacado and source am. Soo yummy!

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    Viki

    Thank you Jane for this awesome post! And your comments/responses are so positive too. That’s refreshing!

    Lots of good ideas here from everyone else too!

    I stumbled upon this site while looking for ideas for soft foods to help out my step-son and daughter-in-law. From the sounds of it, what they’re going through is considerably minor compared to many who visit here. My step son is having ear surgery later this week and his wife is having teeth pulled the same day. They have an 11 month old baby at home to care for too (hey! Maybe they can share food! lol). They live a considerable distance from us so I won’t be there to help out but a couple other family members will be. I wanted to send some meals that they could just pop into the oven so no one has to worry much about cooking. BUT I wanted the meals to be appealing to everyone there–not just the two who are healing.

    I’ve found a couple good ideas that I think will work for both. Thank you everyone :)

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    Viki

    I’m reminded of a recipe I got just last week from a good friend. If the nuts are omitted then it would probably be easy to eat–and offer some protein too! (And it can be frozen and eaten later). It might sound gross, but it really is good!

    NO FOOLIN’ SAUSAGE CAKE
    1 lb sausage
    1 1/2 cup brown sugar
    1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    2 eggs, lightly beaten
    3 cups flour
    1 tsp. baking powder
    1 tsp. ginger
    1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (OR 1/4 cloves + 3/4 cinnamon)
    1 cup strong cold coffee
    1 tsp. baking soda
    1 cup raisins
    1 cup nuts (optional)

    *Beat sausage and sugars well.
    *Add eggs and mix well.
    *Stir baking soda into coffee
    *Mix flour, baking powder, and spices
    *Add flour and coffee mixtures alternately to sausage mixture. Stir well to combine.
    *Let raisins stand 5 minutes in boiling water (She says this is what makes them plump and soft) Drain well and stir into batter with nuts, if you used them.
    *Bake 1-1/2 hours at 350* or until tester comes out clean

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    Violet

    I’ve been going through a few rounds of oral surgery (extraction… then bone graft… then implant). I found it easier to do one quadrant of my mouth at a time. The downside is that I get to go thru the fun process repeatedly, but the upside is that I can at least chew on one side of my mouth, and am not so swollen that I’m miserable/can’t talk/etc.

    Through trial and error, here’s the food that has been my salvation:

    - Odwalla protein shakes (bottled)
    - hummus (just off a spoon, no pita bread)
    - scrambled eggs, poached eggs, soft boiled eggs
    - omelets with cheese and very soft fillings (sautéed, diced mushrooms, etc)
    - quiche (but don’t eat the crust)
    - pumpkin pie (but don’t eat the crust)
    - yogurt, pudding, applesauce
    - mashed potato/mashed sweet potato
    - lo mein (i pick around the beef/chicken and just eat the noodles)
    - vegetable fried rice (so nice to get a savory taste!)
    - split pea soup
    - blueberry pancakes (no syrup)
    - pureed carrot soup
    - hamburger patty eaten in small bites with knife/fork)
    - spinach and artichoke dip (no chips, eat with knife/fork)
    - risotto
    - croissants
    - slightly soggy rice krispies or corn flakes (be careful with this one!)
    - pasta dishes with very small noodles
    - tex-mex casserole with refried beans, cheese, etc.
    - creme brûlée (sweet, yes, but high in protein, lots of eggs)
    - consumme, aspic
    - broccoli cheese rice (available in mixes, just add water/butter and cook for 7 minutes

    If you’re looking at more than a week of soft food diet, I recommend buying an immersion blender. With chicken/veggie stock and steamed or boiled veggies, you can make a pretty decent pureed soup very quickly.

    I’ve been eating a LOT of scrambled eggs, mainly because they’re quick and have lots of protein. I also personally think that egg yolks are great for healing. I mix it up by using different shredded cheeses to give myself a little bit of variety. Eggs with cheddar taste different than eggs with parmesan or feta.

    The Odwalla protein shakes (bottled) are great. They taste pretty good (strawberry and vanilla almond are the best flavors, IMO) and they’re easy to take to work for lunch. They’re not cheap, they’re usually close to $3 a bottle/single serving size. I find they taste better than Ensure or Muscle Milk. I also find them handy for when I need a bit of something in my stomach to take some medication.

    Good luck to anyone going through extended periods of a soft diet due to oral surgery. You can get through it! (Even if you occasionally fantasize about licking a steak or sucking on a piece of bacon).

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    Chrissie

    Im having some oral surgery later this week and I can’t see that I will be on anything but soft food for the next five months, so I shall be referring to this discussion many times during that time, I can see! I actually now feel less alone after reading what people are saying, and less anxious about what to eat. I don’t want to be a bore about it to my family and friends – but I am so pleased to hear from others who have been there already and coped with it. There are worse problems to have to deal with in life, I know, so I’m keeping it in perspective as I can see everyone else is doing on here, but it’s good to have support. Many thanks!

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    Doreen

    My husband had oral surgery last wednesday. I made him noodles with brown gravy and broke up cooked hamburger in it. the only other item I didn’t read here are oreo cookies soaked in milk, took care of his sweet tooth when he was sick and tired of pudding!!

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    Marion

    Thank you, Jane, for starting this. I’m having all upper teeth removed on Tuesday, along with implants and temporary teeth all done the same day. I’Ill be on a soft diet for 6-8 months as everything heals. All these comments and suggestions have been invaluable to me! Even though my surgeon said “soft foods like meatloaf”, I’m expecting that the first several weeks will have to be softer than that. I’ve made my grocery list from all the comments and will hit the store tomorrow! Thank you, everyone, for your contributions.

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    rebekah

    Im 17, and just got 4 wisdom teeth and 2 others pulled out March 3. Im actually going to do fried oreos; it will be just soft enough to let it melt in my mouth. Im also sauteeing mushrooms, onions, and steaming carrots and potatoes, to meet the vedgie requirments. And for the meats, well i think im going the salsbury steak way. Soft and easily mashable. Also if course Wendys chocolate shakes with protein powder. Ugh, here comes a week and a half of swollen cheeks and stiches coming out this side and that side. Wish everyone in the future who reads Ms.Janes blog the best recovery.

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    Ros

    So happy to have found this resource! Was feeling glum, dreading my implant surgery tomorrow. Sad to say I am woefully unprepared for a soft food diet. Concerned about my breastmilk . Have breastfeeding mums gone through a soft food diet and found no change in their milk production? Thanks!

    • good luck with your surgery, ros. there are a million awesome ideas in the comments here that should be helpful. I was also nursing back when I wrote this post and needed the soft foods – my milk production was fine. stay hydrated for sure and drink lots of green smoothies!!!!! :)

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    Kat Knapp

    Thank you so much! This is all so awesome. I had a full extraction a month ago with immidiates and due to a cut on my tongue and a few bad sores my dentist called tramatic ulcers all due to the immidiates, I am still on a soft-ish, mostly liquid diet. Swallowing anything solid, regardless of size, is difficult and I don’t have the tongue dexterity without pain to guide or mash soft foods around my mouth. For the past 30 days or so my diet has been nothing but water, juice, beef broth, chocolate milk, runny mashed potatoes made with beef broth and melted cheese, tomato soup, pudding, jello & yogurt. It looks like a lot when listed but its getting old fast. Our blender isn’t strong enough to handle strawberries and milk, so I may need to invest in one if this keeps up. Thank you for the suggestions.

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