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Blenderized Full Liquid Diet

If you are unable to chew your food, you can consume an adequate diet in liquid form.  This handout provides nutritional guidelines, suggestions for proper oral hygiene, a few recipes and a sample menu. 

If you have a fractured jaw or have undergone reconstructive surgery, you may need 4-6 weeks to heal. 

Keep these facts in mind:

  1. Since you may not be able to lick your lips, they may become dry.  Use lip balm or a similar moisturizer, especially at night.
  2. You should not drink alcoholic beverages.  They may cause nausea or vomiting when combined with the pain or antibiotic medicines you might be taking.
  3. If you have an antibiotic prescription, be sure to have it filled and take it as prescribed.
  4. Even though all meals will be in liquid form, oral hygiene is very important to prevent infection and promote good healing.  Rinse your mouth with clear water frequently, brush your teeth gently with a soft bristle tooth brush.
  5. You should avoid heavy lifting and vigorous exercise.  Such activities can put an extra stress on the healing areas.

Oral Hygiene

oral hygiene productsEven if you don’t chew your food, oral hygiene is important.  Please wait for 24 hrs after your surgery before resuming oral hygiene practices to allow for stabilization of the surgery site.

  1. A cotton roll or Q-tip may be used to wipe over the gums and tooth surfaces when tooth brushing is impossible.
  2. When possible, begin to use a soft bristled tooth brush.  Use a circular motion and angle the brush at 45 degrees toward the gum line.  It is important to massage the gums as well as clean the teeth.  Move your tongue along the inside of your teeth to massage gums and help clean your teeth.
  3. Rinse your mouth with salt water 3-4 times a day.  Make a salt water rise with ½ tsp. salt and 1 cup warm water.

Eating Correctly

It is important that you get an adequate supply of calories and protein to help the healing process.  If you don’t get enough calories from the food you eat, your body will begin to break down body tissues.  If you start to lose weight, it’s important to increase your intake of calories and protein.

Remember…. Healing requires extra calories and protein.  This is not the time to try and lose weight.

Protein intake is important for maintaining the body’s protective immune system and for building healthy new tissue.  If your diet doesn’t have enough protein, your body, once again, will “borrow” protein by breaking down healthy muscle tissue.

How To Eat and Not Chew

Your diet, which is designed for no jaw involvement, may appear to be somewhat limited.  However, it can be nutritionally adequate if you consume the proper number of servings each day from the four food groups.

You can either buy pureed “baby” foods or make your own by using a blender, mixer or food processor.

Basic Four—A Guide to Good Nutrition

Starch Groups

Four or more servings daily.  A serving is ½ cup.

  1. Smooth cereals, such as Cream of Wheat, Malt-o-Meal, Cream of Rice, etc. thinned with milk or cream.
  2. Smooth hominy grits, corm meal, or oatmeal diluted with milk or cream.
  3. Smooth mashed potatoes diluted with milk or cream.

Dairy Group

Two to three servings daily. A serving is 1 cup.

  1. Buttermilk, Chocolate, or Milk
  2. Eggnog
  3. Hot Chocolate or Cocoa (if made with milk)
  4. Yogurt
  5. Instant Breakfast
  6. Ice Cream
  7. Smooth puddings, liquid custards and similar dessert thinned with other liquids.
  8. Smooth cream soups made with pureed, strained vegetables and milk, or strained, canned soup thinned with milk or cream.

If you have an intolerance to milk, products of equal nutritional value, such as soy “milk” products, Ensure, Ensure Plus, Sustacal or Resource, may be used as you would use milk.

Vegetable & Fruit Group

Five or more servings daily.  A serving is ½ cup.

  1. Fruit Juice (include one serving high in Vitamin C, e.g.; orange juice or other citrus juices).
  2. Vegetable Juice; tomato juice or V8 juice.
  3. Strained, pureed fruits which may be tinned with fruit juice.
  4. Strained, purred vegetables which may be thinned with vegetable juice.

Protein Group

Three or more 2 oz. servings daily.  A serving of blenderized foods is ½ cup.

  1. Pureed or blenderized meat, fish, poultry, egg or cheese dishes.  These may have to be thinned with broth or milk.
  2. Cottage cheese, mashed and thinned with milk or cream.
  3. Cheese spreads or cheese fondue diluted with milk or cream.
  4. Liquid custard.
  5. Smooth peanut butter blended into milkshakes.
  6. Nutritional supplements, such as Ensure, Ensure Plus, Sustacal, Sustacal HC, Sustacal Pudding, Forta Pudding, and others can be purchased at many drug stores.

Sample Menu

Breakfast

Eggnog
Smooth Cereal with  cream & sugar
Fruit Juice
Cocoa


Mid-Morning

Instant Breakfast

Lunch

Cream of Potato Soup
Pureed peas with butter
Fruit Juice
Ice Cream
Milk, Coffee or Tea


Mid-Afternoon

Peanut Butter Milkshake

Dinner

Tomato Juice
Blenderized Macaroni & Cheese
Strained Applesauce (diluted with apple sauce)
Milk, Coffee or Tea

Evening

Banana Berry™

Serving sizes may vary with need.  Monitor your weight and adjust your intake accordingly.
Recipe provided.

Additional Notes:

" Customize it to fit your needs… but don’t forget to consult your provider first. "

To increase calories:  use butter, margarine, sour cream, gravy, sugar, jelly, corn syrup, honey, soft or liquid Jell-O, cream, liquid non-dairy creamer, soft drinks, whipped cream or oil.

To increase protein, add dry milk powder, yogurt, egg substitute (or a coddled egg), pureed meat, or instant breakfast mix.

Eat frequently; five or six times per day.

When diluting foods, use nutritious liquids such as soup, milk (or milk-free supplement), gravy or juice instead of water.

Use your imagination! Almost anything can be blenderized with a few adjustments by blending with the proper liquid.

Raw eggs may contain Salmonella.  To prevent food poisoning it is highly recommended that liquid egg substitute or a coddled egg be used in place of a raw egg.

Recipes
(Approximate calories provided for each recipe)

Fortified Milk

glass of milkMix 1 quart whole milk with 1 cup powdered skim milk (higher in calories and protein than regular milk).  Use as you would regular milk.

Quick Vegetable Blender Soup
Makes 3 cups: 240 calories per cup

  • 2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 or 2 carrots, sliced
  • 1 medium sliced zucchini, or 1 handful of sliced mushrooms or cooked peas or any leftover vegetables
  • 2 cups or 1 can (15 oz.) chicken broth
  • 1 cup cream

Melt butter in a skillet, sauté vegetables until soft.  Add chicken broth and gently simmer for about 5 minutes, Transfer to blender.  Add cream and puree.  Serve hot or chilled. Strain out any whole pieces of vegetable

Cheese SoupMakes 8-10 servings: 300 calories per serving

  • ½ cup each finely chopped carrot, onion, celery
  • ½ cup butter or margarine
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 4 cups hot chicken broth
  • 2 cups hot milk or fortified milk
  • 3 cups tightly packed grated cheddar cheese.

Cook carrots, onion, and celery in butter until tender about 10 minutes.  Whisk in flour.  Cook 3 minutes stirring constantly.  Add hot broth all at once, beating vigorously to avoid lumps.  Blend in hot milk; stir until mixture thickens.  Add cheese.  Reduce heat; simmer, stirring occasionally, until cheese is melted.  Blenderize.  Strain out any whole pieces of vegetable.

Special High Calorie Shakes

Banana Shake 240 calories (add 1/2 cup ice cream to increase total calories by about 100)

  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • ½ ripe banana
Pour milk into blender. Add yogurt and banana. Blend until smooth, about 30 seconds. Serve.

Banana Berry Shake 465 calories

  • ½ carton boysenberry or blueberry yogurt
  • ½ cup cranberry juice
  • ½ banana
  • ¼ cup egg substitute
Combine ingredients. Blend until smooth. Strain out any pieces of fruit.

Peachy Orange Shake 500 calories

  • ½ cup peach nectar
  • ½ carton peach yogurt
  • ½ cup orange sherbet
  • ½ cup peach or apricot
  • ¼ cup egg substitute
Combine ingredients. Blend until smooth. Strain out any pieces of fruit.

Lemony Pear Shake 500 calories

  • ½ carton boysenberry or blueberry yogurt
  • ½ cup cranberry juice
  • ½ banana
  • ¼ cup egg substitute
Combine ingredients. Blend until smooth. Strain out any pieces of fruit.

Peanut Butter Shake 420 calories

  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 Tbsp. smooth peanut butter
  • ½ cup ice cream
  • 2 Tbsp. nonfat powdered milk
  • ½ ripe banana
Combine ingredients. Blend for 30 to 60 seconds until smooth.

Pineapple Smoothie 255 calories

  • ¼ cup crushed pineapple with juice
  • ½ cup vanilla yogurt
  • ½ cup milk or fortified milk
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
Combine ingredients. Blend for 20 to 30 seconds until smooth. Strain out any pineapple pieces

High Calorie, Milk Free Shakes

Add ½ cup “mocha mix: non-dairy dessert to increase total calories by about 170.

Banana Shake
230 calories

  • ½ cup mocha mix
  • ½ banana

Chocolate Banana Shake
310-350 calories

  • ½ cup mocha mix
  • ½ banana
  • 2-3 Tbsp. chocolate syrup