After Surgery Care
Before having any surgery you need to understand all the implications of pre and post-operative surgical instructions. Sometimes this is more daunting than the surgery itself. The same applies for Dental treatment or Jaw surgery.
After Tooth extractions, crowns and other dental treatment it is crucial that you eat soft foods and do not eat strawberries with small seeds that could collect in the wound.
Part of the medical instructions for after surgery treatment and care will involve a soft food diet. It is important that your soft food diet includes foods with high nutrition and protein to help with your recovery.Credit: TPhotos
Drinks and Smoothies
Drinks, Fruit Juices and Smoothies
Start with drinks after your operation or dental treatments.
Making fresh fruit and vegetable smoothies:
By selecting fresh fruit and vegetables, you know there are no added chemicals and sugars.
Add the milk, water, yogurt and liquids first to make it easier for the blender.
- 1/2 cup orange juice or water
- 1 cup spinach
- 4 small diced broccoli tops fresh or frozen
- 1 peeled and sliced banana, fresh or frozen
- 1 cored apple, chop roughly
Blend and store in sealed glass containers in the fridge.
Ingredients - One egg, ¾-cup milk, (as little sugar as possible) and vanilla essence.
Method - Beat egg and sugar together. Add Milk and pour into glass, add sweetener or nutmeg.
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High Protein and Vegetable Foods
Soft Mashed Vegetables
Use freshly blended spinach, zucchini, broccoli and other soft cooked or raw greens.
Boil and mash any of the following vegetables: potatoes, carrots, swedes, parsnips and sweet potatoes
You can mix any of these or have one at the time. Cook and mash, then add a dab of butter or Margarine, half-cup milk, pepper and salt or seasoning of choice. Mix well and serve.
Protein Foods: beans, eggs, fish, and meat
Protein is an important part of the recovery process after the shock to your body from surgery.
Meat, fish, eggs, beans and other protein foods:
Soups with soft or blended meats and vegetables - use chicken, beef and vegetables. Cook vegetables until they are soft, mash and season.
Other Soft Foods
- Soft, boiled fish
- Scrambled or poached eggs
- Beans mashed
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Bread Cereal and Pasta
Bread, Rice or Pasta
- Soft Pasta or noodles
- Macaroni, Sago or Tapioca
- Rice well cooked
Cereal, oats or porridge well cooked, flavour with mashed Banana, honey or other sweeteners. The least amount of sweetener, the better for your health.
Bread and milk - Remove crusts and break slice of bread up into your plate, pour some hot water over to soften. Squeeze out excess water by placing a plate on top; add milk and sweetener if necessary.
Dairy Food Desserts
Yogurt is an excellent healthy food choice to have any time. You can make your own yogurt and add fresh soft fruits.
- Ice cream
- Melted cheese
Milk puddings- Make these from Rice, Macaroni and the favorite Bread and Butter Pudding. Leave out the fruit and do not make the top too crunchy.
Baked egg custard (this is yummy)Ingredients – 2 eggs, 2 cups milk, 1 teaspoon butter, 1 tablespoon (none is best) sugar, flavoring, and nutmeg.
Method - Beat eggs and sugar, add milk and flavoring. Pour into greased oven proof dish and sprinkle with nutmeg. Place in slow oven until custard set. You can stand dish into a dish of water although you can cook directly in a dish.
- Fruit Jellies are ideal, or make your own with fresh blended fruit and Gelatine to make it set.
- Cooked mashed apples – or serve with custard
- Mashed Bananas
Mum cooked this custard in a tin can over their campfire when she had a sore mouth.
- 2 hard-boiled eggs Mashed
- 1 tablespoons finely diced capsicum
- 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
- 2 teaspoons mustard
- 1 teaspoon chopped green herbs
- Freshly ground pepper, to taste
Mix all ingredients together and serve on lettuce leaf.
Eggs are great and can be cooked on their own or used in many different egg recipe ideas
Follow the advice from your medical practitioners and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.
Baked Rice Pudding
- 3 tbsp rice
- 1 egg (optional)
- 1 tbsp butter or margarine
- vanilla essence
- sugar (if required)
- 2 cups Milk
Wash rice and put into baking dish with sugar and butter. Then if using egg, add to milk and beat. Pour into dish and mix well. Sprinkle nutmeg over the top.
Do not let it dry out as you need it moist and soft, add more milk if needed.
Soft Food Diets
We all need to be aware that many different types medical surgeries require soft food diets. So keep this in mind when preparing foods, deleting any sugar from your diet will help.
Conclusion: I hope this article will help to give you ideas on cooking soft foods to eat after your next dental surgery or operation.