HOW CAN YOU GET ENOUGH NUTRIENTS ON A SOFT-FOOD DIET?

If your oral surgery requires a soft food diet, here are some tips from our registered dietitian on getting enough nutrients: 

  • Blended yogurt or kefir with fresh or frozen fruit for a nourishing breakfast smoothie. Add a tablespoon of ground flaxseed for fiber, a scoop of protein powder, or even a handful of raw spinach to boost nutrients further!
  • Try making a pureed vegetable soup. They are satisfying, easy to make, and very nutritious. For convenience, make different varieties ahead of time and then freeze them in sealed containers for later use. Recipes are easy to find online, so try to find your favorites, like curried butternut squash, leek and potato vichyssoise, creamy white bean and cauliflower, or even a chilled gazpacho or fresh pea soup. 
  • If the weather is warm, a refreshing tomato and vegetable juice is a nutritious between-meal snack. 
  • Other soft foods to eat include scrambled eggspoached fish, ripe avocado, cream of wheat or oat bran, cottage and ricotta cheese, tofu, creamed spinach and other pureed vegetables, and stewed fruits.
  • If a soft food diet will be long term, make an appointment with our registered dietitian, who can help design an appropriate meal plan for your recovery.