So after our recent car accident, my jaw started acting up again. Actually, it was more like my jaw and right shoulder and neck had a flame torch held up to them.
It’s funny, because the impact of the collision was really not that strong, but maybe the fact that I saw it coming from my rearview mirror and braced myself for the impact made it worse? All I know is that within a few hours of the accident, my body did not like what had happened.
Over the last two days, it’s gotten progressively worse, and unfortunately, eating crunchy foods is not what my jaw wants right now. So I thought I would do a round-up of Paleo foods that are perfect for a soft foods diet.
Whether you’re recovering from surgery (wisdom teeth? gastrointestinal surgery?), suffering from TMJ or other jaw-related issues, or just have to be on a soft foods diet, there’s no reason to sacrifice health when you’re recovering! As a matter of fact, it’s even more vital that you eat healthy foods when your body is struggling.
Soups & Stews
Crockpot Chicken Stock from Life Made Full
Paleo Baked Notato Soup from Merit + Fork
Paleo Chili from Life Made Full
Classic Paleo Beef Stew from Merit + Fork
Sweet Potato Carrot Apple Ginger Soup from Paleo Flourish Magazine
Healing Greens Bisque from The Whole Life Balance
Hearty Paleo Soup from Life Made Full
Sweet Potato Bisque from Primal Health with Jean
Roasted Red Pepper & Squash Soup from Pure & Simple Nourishment
Apple Cider Squash Soup from Plaid & Paleo
Simple Paleo Coconut Seafood Soup from Paleo Flourish Magazine
Zucchini Lasagna from Life Made Full
Paleo Shepherd’s Pie from Life Made Full
2-Minute Tuna Salad from Life Made Full
Paleo Cauliflower Casserole from Raindrops Wellness
Sweet Potato Beef Paprikash from Life Made Full
Eggplant Lasagna from Life Made Full
Vegetarian Korma from Life Made Full
Salmon Salad from Life Made Full
Caramelized Butternut Squash from Life Made Full
Paleo Tang Yuan (Sweet Potato/Purple Yam Dumplings) from Paleo Flourish Magazine
Steamed Broccoli Mash from A Squirrel in the Kitchen
Restaurant Style Sweet Potato Fries from Life Made Full
Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower from The Whole Life Balance
Desserts (cuz they’re important!)
Grain Free Pumpkin Spice Bars from Life Made Full
Dairy Free Vanilla Custard from Merit + Fork
Grain Free Berry Trifle from Life Made Full
Paleo Bananas Foster from Merit + Fork
Dairy Free Banana Pudding from Life Made Full
Paleo Chocolate Strawberry Parfait from Beauty and the Foodie
Grain Free Lemon Cranberry Bundt Cake from Life Made Full
2-Ingredient Watermelon Sorbet from Life Made Full
Grain Free Lemon “Buttermilk” Pancakes from Life Made Full
Paleo Coconut Blueberry Oatmeal from Pure & Simple Nourishment
Sunshine Piña Colada Smoothie from Life Made Full
Mint Smoothie Breakfast Bowls from Pure & Simple Nourishment
Paleo Mocha Frappuccino from Life Made Full
Paprika Fried Avocados from Life Made Full
Green Bomber Juice from Life Made Full
50+ Quick Smoothie Recipes from Life Made Full
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These recipes look so amazing and how many times do we need a soft food diet? A Lot! Hello…dental appointments, operations, etc. Thanks for turning your mishap into something you can share!
Shanti Landon says
lol! Thanks, Helena!
Thank you for this list. I’ve had TMJ/TMD problems since adolescence, and had jaw surgery at one point, too. Recently it has been bothering me again and I could barely eat yesterday, let alone eat anything healthy. It was nice to find a list of nourishing recipes for those needing soft foods.
Any lunch ideas? My daughter got braces and can’t eat much. Anything good has to be eaten warm, and lunches get cold pretty fast. I made a meatloaf with lots of veggies so its moist and crumbly and it was still too painful for her to eat. I packed gefilte fish, but there is just so much fish one can eat (not just for health reasons, but for variety). I don’t consider muffins and smoothies as food. its a dessert, snack at best. All dentist websites offer noddles in one form or another. But gluten free noodles don’t taste good cold. And a lot of recipes include dairy which we can’t have. I really hard. It has to be healthy, nutritious, filling.
Shanti Landon says
Hi, Anna! I’m so sorry I missed your comment! I’m hoping by now your daughter is able to eat more regular foods!