Eating your meals through a straw will take time and extra effort. If you must face 3 or 4 cups of liquid each meal to get your needed calories and protein, you will get tired and quit. Thus, you will lose more than the normal 10 to 15 lbs. Which is expected with wired jaw convalescence. The decreased protein intake could slow down the healing process. Here are examples of liquids that can be added to your blenderized diet that will promote good bone healing and a healthy diet.
LIQUIDS THAT ADD CALORIES AND PROTEIN
LIQUIDS THAT ADD CALORIES ONLY
POWDERS THAT ADD CALORIES AND PROTEIN
The following recipes will give you some ideas of what liquids to use when thinning foods in your blender and how much is needed to obtain proper consistency.
JUICES AND BEVERAGES
CEREAL AND EGGS
MEAT OR MEAT SUBSTITUTE
Fruit Julius = 6 ounces concentrated orange juice + 1 cup milk + 1/2 cup sugar + 1 tsp. vanilla + 1 cup hot water + 16 ice cubes
Minute Milk Shake = 1 cup milk + 1 envelope strawberry instant breakfast powder + 1/4 crushed pineapple or 1 cup milk + 1 envelope vanilla instant breakfast powder + 1 baby food jar of pureed fruit or 1 cup milk + envelope chocolate instant breakfast powder + 1 small banana
MILK—All kinds, as a beverage and in cooking. Use double-strength milk for increased protein (see recipe following). Carnation Instant Breakfast, Slim-Fast, eggnog, malts, shakes, cocoa, etc.
BEVERAGES—Tea, coffee, carbonated beverages, juices
CEREALS—Cream of wheat, malt-o-meal, grits thinned with milk or cream
SOUP—Strained and/or pureed cream soup, vegetable soup, chowders, oyster stew
BROTHS—Beef or chicken broth should be used for thinning foods only
VEGETABLES—Pureed tomatoes, carrots, beets, cauliflower, string beans, asparagus, squash, turnips, spinach, lettuce, potatoes (white or sweet) peas, zucchini
MEATS—Finely ground (blended) and strained poultry, beef, pork, fish
DESSERTS—Ice cream, sherbert, ices, soft custards, jello, puddings
FRUITS—Pureed peaches, pears, baked apples, applesauce, apricots, pineapple, bananas, avocados, fruit cocktail, cantaloupe, and other melons
STARCHES—Pureed and mixed with sauces, macaroni, spaghetti, noodles, and breads
FATS—Margarine, cream, gravy, used in foods to add calories
RAW EGGS—Are not recommended but can be made into custard and blended with milk
Additional supplements for beverages and cooking can be found in your grocery store or pharmacy. They contain additional vitamins and iron supplementation. They are:
Persons allergic to milk may use:
If you do not choose to use the above supplements, you should take adult liquid vitamins, plus iron, equal to the recommended dosage daily.
In your supermarket you will find super-jumbo plastic straws that will be suitable for hot or cold liquids.
BREAKFAST—Grape juice, oatmeal with milk, scrambled eggs blended with milk, hot cocoa
LUNCH—Cooked hamburger blended with gravy and beef broth, spaghetti with tomato sauce blended, fruit cocktail blended, milk.
SUPPER—V-8 juice, beef stew blended and thinned, white cake with soft orange sherbert blended together, milk
DINNER SUGGESTIONS (All are blended and strained)