Warning: you may have to revert to babyhood at some point.
If you have had any type of oral surgery, your dentist may prescribe a soft-food diet — in other words, food a baby would eat.
In this guide, we’ll be covering when exactly you’ll need a soft-food diet, what types of food you can and cannot eat, and how to prepare your meals.
When You Should Eat A Soft Food Diet
Eating only soft foods comes in handy in many situations. Typically, this diet is good if you have had any type of mouth, tooth, head, neck, or stomach surgery. Also, you may need to follow this diet if you have a chronic issue that makes it difficult to chew and swallow.
For example, if you have gotten a dental implant placed or any type of oral surgery (wisdom teeth, braces, tooth extractions, etc.), your dentist may recommend a soft food diet. That’s a smart option because, first of all, you’ll have pain and discomfort in your mouth after the procedure. Secondly, it allows the surgical sites to heal better and quicker.
What Foods To Eat
Before you groan at the idea of a soft food diet, you should know there are plenty of soft foods you can eat.
Here are just a few ideas for this type of diet:
- Bread, some cereals, muffins, pancakes, or waffle
- Some cereals (soft and/or moist)
- Pasta/noodles, rice
- Saltine crackers in soup
Fruits and vegetables
- Canned fruit
- Cooked/baked fruits
- Soft fruits with no skin (bananas, peaches, watermelon)
- Soft, cooked veggies
- Eggs (poached, scrambled, or hard/soft boiled)
- Easy to chew meat, like fish, chopped/ground poultry
- Small pieces of meat in soup
- Baked beans
- Cheese (thinly sliced, melted)
- Cottage or ricotta cheese
- Milk and milkshakes
- Ice cream
What Foods To Avoid
Yes, there are also plenty of foods you shouldn’t eat. And you should be aware of what they are before you bite into anything.
Here are some off-limits foods for those on a soft food diet:
- Toast, crackers, and hard cereal
- Anything with dried fruits, nuts or other seeds
- Corn on the cob, uncooked potatoes, hard chips
- Bagels, French bread, sourdough bread
- Corn on the cob
- Hard, unmashed, raw vegetables
- Hard fruits, like whole apples, raw carrots
- Stringy fruits, like pineapple and mango
- Any skin of a fruit
- Beef jerky
- Hot dogs
- Peanut butter (both creamy and crunchy)
How To Prepare Soft Foods
So now that you have the list of foods to eat and not to eat, how can you prepare these foods?
Below are some ideas for how to do just that:
- Cut food into small pieces.
- Use broth, gravy, or sauce to moisten food. Soup is a healthy and safe option in a soft food diet.
- Grind or puree foods.
- Mash foods, like potatoes, veggies, and fruits.
Recipes For The Soft Food Diet
If you’re feeling overwhelmed with this new diet, that’s normal with anyone who begins eating only soft foods.
But don’t worry. This is not the end of the world.
In fact, it’s the perfect time to try something new. Here’s the ultimate list of soft food recipes.
These are hand-picked, absolutely the best recipes I could find online.
- Mashed potatoes
- Moist breads
- Meat and fish
- Pancakes and omelettes
- Moist cakes
- Fruits and vegetables
You will be able to swallow most of this food without chewing, including meat. Just shred it into tiny pieces using a good food processor.
Your teeth will love this food – guaranteed!
This page will be updated with new recipes, so make sure to pin it for your further reference.
Slow cooker buttery garlic herb mashed potatoes
Sweet Potato & Cauliflower Mash
Heavenly mashed potatoes
Protein-packed mashed potatoes & gravy
Spinach Mashed Potatoes
Irish Mashed Potatoes with Kale and Butter
Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes
Loaded Skillet Mashed Potatoes
Eggs are super soft and easy to make. Here are some of the most delicious recipes.
Scrambled Eggs with Kale and Mozzarella
Rainbow veggie kale scrambled eggs
Baked Egg Potato Bowls
Cheesy Rice Balls Recipe
Cheesy zucchini rice
Very Veggie Fried Rice
Yellow rice with peas
Cheddar Chive Rice
Baked casseroles, lasagnas and more
Twice baked cheese and bacon mashed potato casserole
Cheesy cauliflower bake
Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup
Roasted garlic potato soup
Homemade Tomato Soup
Egg Drop Soup
Creamy caramelized leek soup with maple glazed bacon
Creamy tortellini soup
Cheesy chicken enchilada soup
Cold-Fighting Couscous Chicken Soup
Cream of chicken soup
Rosemary chicken noodle soup
Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana
Everyone can make good pasta. So do you!
Spaghetti fra diavolo
Creamy garlic herb mushroom spaghetti
One Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta
Baked Cream Cheese Spaghetti
Bacon-Parmesan Spaghetti Squash
Mashed chickpea salad
Avocado Egg Salad
Tomato, mozzarella, and basil quinoa salad
Honey Lime Quinoa Fruit Salad
Avocado Tuna Salad
Carrot apple bread
Moist Pumpkin Bread
Almond Milk Bread
Meat and fish
Perfect pulled pork
Baked Salmon with Parmesan Herb Crust
Lemon and Garlic Tilapia
Pancakes and omelettes
Blueberry cottage cheese pancakes
Cinnamon buttermilk pancakes
Greek Yogurt Pancakes
Oven Baked Denver Omelet
Spanish tortilla with ham
Cinnamon swirl loaf
Blueberry sour cream coffee cake
Moistest Vanilla Mug Cake
Sticky Lemon Cake
Kentucky Butter Cake
Lemon and poppy seed loaf
Fruits and vegetables
Cider Vinaigrette Roasted Root Vegetables
Brown Sugar Baked Peaches
Mango caprese with basil vinaigrette
Chocolate Avocado Mousse
Blackberry cheesecake mousse
Vanilla mint green smoothie
Healthy banana cream pie smoothie
Mango vanilla smoothie
Cherry Mango Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie
Peach green tea smoothie
Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Rainbow Sherbet Cupcakes
Lime sherbet freeze
References and credits
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You shouldn’t be ashamed if you have to go on the soft-food diet. It’s the smartest thing to do after any type of oral, head, neck, or stomach surgery. Anyone who has that type of surgery most likely goes on this diet, so you’re not alone.
And remember, it’s only temporary. You’ll be eating steak and corn on the cob in no time.
The soft-food diet is pretty self-explanatory, but hopefully, this article gave you some ideas and painted a picture of what you can expect.