To prepare myself for my wisdom tooth extraction surgery I did some research on what I would be able to eat afterwards. Most of the time I kept coming across other people saying they ate pudding, applesauce, and ice cream. Not much nutritional value, high carbs and very little protein. After going through any surgery your body needs all the nutrients it can get to heal well and fast, including protein which helps repair muscle.
I came up with a few options that seemed much better, especially for the way I eat.
So I went to the store to grab the food I needed and some other items to help me recover including,
I planned on eating the basic soft foods, which included..
But I also wanted something more. I wanted some different things that I don’t normally eat so I could have something to look forward too! Kind of a treat for myself, since I had teeth pulled from my head.
The Main Meal Ideas
The day before my surgery I made Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Mashed Cauliflower, Lentil Soup, Green Veggie Soup, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Pudding. I also made a very large lasagna for my husband and toddler. I wanted them to have something that they could heat and eat while I was recovering. And I knew I wouldn’t want to cook for them for a day or two. Knowing I wouldn’t be able to chew for a couple days, I marinaded and ate a nice big strip steak that for night too.
It was so delicious! Now one of my favorite soups. Once winter makes its way back around I am for sure adding this to the bi-weekly rotation. I ate the Green Soup with the mashed sweet potatoes the day of my surgery. Super nutritious and I feel like it really helped me heal quickly.
The Lentil soup was super easy. Just chop up carrots, onion, and throw in a pot with lots of garlic and olive oil to cook until soft. Then add in broth, I used chicken broth but next time I plan on using a bone broth to increase the grams of protein, turmeric, and the lentils. Bring to a boil and simmer until the lentils are cooked well. Transfer to a blender and blend until smooth. Super easy and super yummy!
I ate the Lentil soup and mashed cauliflower for dinner the day after my surgery. It was easy to eat, but I had a difficult time getting the soup off of a spoon so I ended up more of drinking it out of a bowl. The turmeric helps with inflammation and I’m not sure if it is coincidence or not but I didn’t swell up much. It was hardly noticeable, especially if you weren’t aware I had all four teeth removed.
- 1 Tbsp Olive oil
- 2 Clove minced garlic
- 3 Carrots
- 1 Onion
- 1 Cup Dry Lentils
- 6 Cups Broth or water
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric
- 1/4 tsp Cumin
- 1/4 tsp salt (or to taste)
Over medium-low heat saute garlic and onion until translucent. Add carrots and stir for a few more minutes.
Add broth and lentils, bring to a boil and simmer for one hour or until the lentils are cooked through.
Add spices and puree in a blender.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein
The Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Pudding was my post-op indulgence. I just started throwing ingredients in a bowl while on the food scale, it makes it easier to measure, and mixed it up. I used Vanilla Greek Yogurt, Chocolate Protein Powder, Pb2 Powdered Peanut Butter, and a little bit of milk.
- 8 oz Vanilla Greek Yogurt
- 1 Scoop Chocolate Protein
- 2 TBSP Pb2 Powdered Peanut Butter
- 20 Milliliter Milk
Put all ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Makes two servings.
I hope this helps you in your healing journey or it gives you some new delicious ideas.
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