Do you have a tooth ache? An upcoming Tooth Extraction? Need some soft food inspiration? With added holistic healing properties?
Food is powerful.
It can help you. It can hurt you. It can be confusing. Remember being a kid and needing to “make a happy plate,” not the trend anymore. Food is a pathway to wellness and healing.
Preparing For After The Tooth Extraction
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,
- a blender – Making soft foods and purees for people of all ages for decades.
- ice packs – Swelling hurts. Ice packs help. Get the Ice Packs!
- a sudoku book – Puzzles. A great way to get your mind off of you mouth, irritation, and pain.
The Basic Soft Foods with Nutritional Value
I planned on eating the basic soft foods, which included..
- cottage cheese – creamy and full of protein.
- bone broth – Great sipping drink that is filling and again lots of healing protein.
- cream of wheat – Delicious carbs that pack some great vitamins.
- scrambled eggs – The Perfect Food.
- drinking lots protein shakes – When in doubt BSN Protein to the rescue!
- Greek Yogurt – Filled with all the good gut bacteria.
Soft Foods with Character
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
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Pudding.
Definitely not so boring.
I knew I wouldn’t want to cook for them for a day or two.
So 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. Leaving me alone to heal and not have to think about food I couldn’t eat.
Dinner The Night Before Surgery
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.
Steak is full of protein, creatine, and amino acids – the building blocks for everyone. You need these items for growth and maintenance, and with the surgery the next day I needed all the good building nutrients I could get.
Steak is also loaded with other nutrients
- Vitamin B12 – helps to promote blood formation. (Surgery comes with some blood loss.)
- Iron – Also a great mineral for your blood.
- Zinc – an important mineral for growth, recovery of tissues, and maintenance.
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.
A delicous vegetarian Soup that is loaded with anti-inflammatory nutritents.
- 1 TBSP Olive oil
- 2 Clove Minced Garlic
- 3 Whole Carrots
- 1 Onion (Diced)
- 6 Cups Broth (You can use water too)
- 1/2 TSP Turmeric (Or More to your preference)
- 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 blender until your desired consistancy.
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.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Pudding
Super easy and delicious pudding. Filled with nutrients and protein! Perfect as a snack or when you are on the mend.
- 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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