Friday, August 2, 2013

Day 53 - No Chew Diet... FOOD LIST

Okay, so today (since i can't think of anything better to ramble on about) i am just going to compile a huge list of everything that i discovered i could eat without chewing. This isnt necessarily a "liquid" diet... but i was able to mash all of these foods well enough with a fork to choke them down with little effort without chewing, which was/is my constraint! But, ill start with what i ate the first week when i was completely banded shut and had to use a syringe. because i battled a ton of nausea though... i didn't eat a ton. resulting in me losing 7 pounds the first week... which is quite a lot for how tiny i am already. but, i stopped losing weight after i discovered i could eat mashed cake after being unbanded :P anyway... here is a long list!

Liquids (stuff i ate through the syringe in the hospital..)
  • apple and grape juice (my favorites to mix with the icky medicine)
  • sprite/ginger ale and other sodas hurt a tiny bit on my throat, but helped my stomach settle
  • gatorade/powerade is a major must
  • smoothies - as long as they were melted enough! (no seeds)
  • Boost Breeze - this was my main way of getting in calories, each 8 fl oz juice box had 250 calories and 9 grams of protein. they tasted like jello to me, i like orange the best! (i couldnt stand the taste of things like ensure... as i hate the taste of milk (probably from being lactose intolerant.))
  • Tomato soup was awesome too. My only complaint was that it coated the back of my throat and teeth.. and as i couldn't brush my teeth it just made me feel gross. plus, it made it harder to breathe as my throat felt so clogged.
  • Chicken broth, can't go wrong with this
  • any other blended soup or food for that matter.. i never found one i liked very much.. and as i only needed to use syringes for a week, i never ventured too far with blended things.
No-Chew Foods (now... i kinda do a "half-chew" with my tongue and just used saliva to get most of these things down, some of them hurt my throat a tiny bit, but is was SO worth it... there was NO way i was going to eat blended foods for 2 months... that was too gross for me.) 

after every single one of these items, just add on in your head "mashed with a fork" my fork did all of the "chewing" for me!

  • scrambled eggs 
  • pancakes (cut them up SUPER tiny and then add a lot of syrup and peanut butter for protein-YUM)
  • hashbrowns -mashed.. these were harder to get down, but you can always douse them in syrup
  • yogurt of course! (just had to take my lactose intolerant medicine)
  • fruit - i discovered that i could swallow raspberries and blackberries if they were overripe and squishy, if i mashed them up, also! i enjoyed almost rotten peaches mashed with a fork, and bananas (with peanut butter). other soft fruits work mashed up too!
  • applesauce (this was my GO-TO thing to eat in the middle of the night when my medicine said to take "with food" so that my stomach wouldn't hurt)
  • smoothies - i got really good at making these myself, i just pour in apple juice and cran-raspberry juice, then frozen mixed berries, and frozen bananas, and blended it up! then i would add in Miralax, which i have used to keep my stomach issues at bay... and if it was sour, i could always dump in a ton of sugar!)

  • soups.. of course.. but i got sick of those... so i quit eating soup. i hate soup now actually.  
  • spaghetti (and other noodles)- okay, everyone always makes so much fun of me... because i cut up the noodles SUPER tiny and relatively quickly! i am pretty darn good at it by now.. haha. but this was one of my main meals for the longest time. i also found these tiny "circle" noodles that i didnt even have to cut up! they slipped right down my throat, yay
  • sloppy joes - just the inside of course :P
  • ice cream
  • baked beans
  • black beans and rice and salsa all mixed together
  • rice - with different sauces, mexican, chinese, etc
  • refried beans
  • chili
  • cornbread casserole - best. thing. ever.
  • mashed potatoes - definitely one of the main things i have eaten!
  • CAKE - just put extra frosting on and mash with fork. SO amazing.
  • peanut butter (just on a spoon. mix in honey too. yum.)
  • melted chocolate
  • mini lollipops
  • the inside of tacos (ground beef, cheese, salsa, rice, all mixed together, yum)
  • stuffing and mashed potatoes and gravy and turkey (shredded) and all mixed together

my mashed strawberries! these took forever to cut up... but were beyond delicious. so worth it.

A huge thanks to those of you still reading..! Hope all is well.


  1. thank you this is the best list of stuff to eat that I found on the internet :)

    1. Aw thanks, I'm so happy I was able to help!!

    2. Katie you are awesome! My issue isn't braces but my husband had to have all his teeth pulled. He's getting tired of instant sweet potatoes! Thanks so much for all your wonderful ideas!

    3. This was a blessing to find! I get unwired in 5 days and am starving! Thank you!!

  2. Yes-I don't know why this is so hard to find on the internet, but this is a great list. My 15 year old son just came out of jaw surgery and is on a no chew diet....had no idea where to start! Thanks!

  3. Yes-I don't know why this is so hard to find on the internet, but this is a great list. My 15 year old son just came out of jaw surgery and is on a no chew diet....had no idea where to start! Thanks!

  4. I came here looking for ideas. Only to realize. There is not much those who have broken jaws can't do

  5. Sooo helpful I never would have thought of these for the next wk , lifesaver. Sincerely,

    A very hungry person

  6. Thank you for sharing your wisdom. I'm 3 weeks post op, and the drudgery was totally setting in!

  7. I've been following you for awhile. My 26 year old daughter will be getting upper and lower jaw surgery right after Christmas. I've been stressing about how all of this will work out for her. You are beautiful person to help all of us. I love how real you were and still are. She may be contacting you for support. You look beautiful, and I hope you continue to laugh, good hard laughs.