Making Smoothies In Blender With Fruit And Yogurt

Sometimes the mouth can be very tender following dental treatments, and a soft diet is recommended. A soft diet is exactly what it sounds like—it’s comprised of foods that are easily chewed and easily swallowed. In other words, these foods are soft.

There are two types of soft diets. One type is like a regular diet, but does not include fatty foods, fiber, or spices. This is medically indicated and is usually a patient’s way of life. The type of soft diet that a dental patient will eat is a temporary measure known as a mechanical soft diet. It is strictly for purposes of comfort, and can include any food the patient desires, as long as the food is pureed or mashed.

Preparing a soft diet

It is easy to prepare a soft diet. You can eat breads, grains, fruits, cereals, vegetables, meat, and dairy products—in short, you can choose from all the food groups. Feel free to have a steak if you like—as long as you send it on a trip through a blender or a food processor first! You can use broth or gravy to make meat easy to puree. Fruit juice can be used to facilitate the pureeing of fruits. Cereal should be served moist. Veggies should be cooked until they can be fork-mashed.

There isn’t much you have to avoid, since it’s mainly in the preparation. Some foods, however, don’t lend themselves well to pureeing. You’ll probably want to avoid things like toast, crackers (unless they’re softened in soup), nuts, dried fruit, potato chips and tortilla chips, popcorn, crusty bread, vegetables that don’t mash well (like celery, broccoli or cauliflower), stringy or crisp raw fruits, coconut, beef jerky, crunchy peanut butter, and casseroles or stews that contain big meat chunks.

Your blender and food processor are your friends

Remember that your blender and food processor are your friends. This is a great time to go online and investigate recipes for smoothies and whipped desserts. As long as a food doesn’t require a lot of chewing, it’s allowable on a mechanical soft diet. A word of warning, though—you may find extreme temperatures in food can sometimes be a bit problematic when recovering from dental treatment. So even though ice cream, frozen yogurt, hot soup, etc. are permitted, tread carefully and eliminate these items if you find they’re causing you discomfort.