A few weeks ago, I had an abscessed tooth drained and all four of my wisdom teeth taken out. Yea, wooooof, I know. Despite being severely limited on the food front, for the most part, I still managed to eat some pretty tasty & healthful foods (if I do say so myself).
So while devouring a Mocha Coconut Mug Cake, I thought: “heckkk, I’m getting the hang of this soft-foods-while-recovering thing. People need to know this stuff!”
Boom. You’re lucky I have a blog. I feel compelled to share. :D But please note, I am NOT a doctor or nutritionist, this is just what personally worked for me. Many of which are perfectly acceptable foods to eat, even when you haven’t had invasive surgery all up in your mouth. The crazy thing is, my stomach actually felt better than ever the entire first week I was recovering. It was kind of a nice break for the digestive system. They’re also all pescetarian options, because well, that’s my diet more often than not.
*Note: do not use a straw. you will get dry sockets, it mess with the stitches, or the clots. it just won’t be pretty. I like making my smoothies extra thick, pouring them in a bowl, and eating with a spoon. it makes eating them a lot more satisfying and feel less like you are just drinking every meal. if you really want to go the extra mile, dip your spoon in a little peanut butter or almond butter first. its kindddd of a game changer. just sayin’.
*I’d also fully recommend the Nutri-Bullet. It was a life-saver for me.
The BBPB Dreambowl (Blueberry Banana Peanut Butter)
-1/2 frozen banana, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 1/2 cup almond milk (or milk of choice), 1 spoonful of peanut butter, drizzle of agave nectar/maple syrup/honey, generous dashes of cinnamon, 2 tsp chia seeds, 2 large dollops plain 0% greek yogurt. blend til smooth, pour in a bowl, and eat with a peanut butter dipped spoon. f a v o r i t e.
*after the first week or so, you may be feeling up for some granola toppings.
Tropical Garden Oasis (Spinach, Carrot, Pineapple)
2 handfuls of spinach, 1 carrot or handful of baby carrots, 1/2 cup of frozen pineapple, coconut water. *optional: add a scoop of vanilla or plain protein powder of choice and 1/2 frozen banana. Blend.
Honey Don’t Use A Straw (Strawberry, Banana, PB, Honey, Coconut)
frozen banana, ~4-6 frozen strawberries, spoonful of peanut butter, drizzle of honey, unsweetened coconut flakes, greek yogurt or protein powder. Blend.
ZICO Coconut Water, plain and chocolate flavored (the chocolate one is divine when you’re craving more of a sweet treat. also great when shaken with protein powder.)
Hot Lemon Ginger Water (*helps with nausea from the pain meds. slice a meyer lemon & ginger root. remove peel on ginger or keep, your preference. place a couple slices of each in a mug. heat water til just about boiling. pour into mug. add honey or raw sugar, if desired. let steep ~2 minutes and enjoy!) *hot beverages like this also help to dissolve the stitches in your mouth a bit quicker after about the first week.
Herbal Teas & Coffee (unlimited. I loved a Soothing Caramel bedtime one or a Chocolate Mint or Vanilla Chai by day).
Kombucha (helps with any stomach discomfort from the Amoxicillin/anti-biotics + any other meds.) Once past about the first 4 days or so, if you’re no longer taking any narcotics, you can also make a Kombucha Wine Spritzer.
for “Red Sangria”: 1/2 glass of red wine with 1/2 glass of G&T’s Triology or GingerBerry flavor. *add lime and sliced apple if desirec.
for “White Sangria”: 1/2 glass of white wine with 1/2 glass of Plain, Gingerade, or any other flavor of Kombucha you prefer.
After Week 1 and if you’re only taking ibuprofen, enjoy a classic Dirty Martini. I mean it’s practically a mouth-healing remedy, right!?
Snacks & Desserts
Applesauce (organic, unsweetented) with cinnamon and a drizzle of almond butter
Ben & Jerry’s Pineapple Passionfruit Greek Frozen Yogurt (high in sugar, but 1/2 a cup also gives you 5 grams of protein) or other frozen yogurt, coconut ice creams, etc.
Mocha Coconut Mug Cake *there’s about a million to choose from.
Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup (with basil flakes, grated parmesan cheese, or feta crumbles)
Butternut Squash Soup
Trader Joe’s Organic Black Bean OR Lentil Soup (heat & top with added: spices, shredded cheddar, dollop of greek yogurt, and a few small avocado chunks)
Egg White Oatmeal (I like adding blueberries &/or a little jam. Gives it a salty sweet combo…like a muffin.)
Annie’s White Cheddar Mac & Cheese (add frozen peas & canned solid white albacore tuna for a complete meal)
other ideas: risotto, quinoa, scrambled eggs, & if that’s not enough…here’s a bonus list of 24 other foods you can eat from Buzzfeed.
Other handy tips:
-Rinse ~2x/day with a warm salt water mixture &/or an all-natural, alcohol free mouth wash like Tom’s. Gentle brushing on the front, more exposed teeth only starting on day 2.
-Stay hydrated. You’ll just feel better.
-Don’t touch the stitches. Just don’t.
-ICE like crazy, especially on days 1 & 2. It makes a difference! If you have yours done at a hospital, they may give you ice bags with ties on them. Sounds crazy, but they were actually really helpful with wrapping around your face.
-Place a towel over your pillow at night for the first 2 days or so (you may bleed onto it in your sleep. yaaack.)
-try at-home barre workouts & light weight workout-outs. unlike yoga, you don’t go upside down as much, so it doesn’t affect swelling or any jaw pressure. walks or elliptical sessions starting after day 3 are also good. gauge how you feel and increase your exercise intensity from there.
GOOD LUCK AND HANG IN THERE!