Wisdom Teeth Removal Diet

Two and a half weeks ago I had to have my wisdom teeth removed. At this point in my recovery I am still cautious with crunchy / hard items but am just about back to normal. I thought I'd share a bit of what I ate the first week after recovery!

First week after wisdom teeth removal diet
   These first few items are all things you'd assume would be good for soft diets - jello, pudding, and ice cream. Yogurt and meal replacement drinks (like Slim Fast) were other things I ate to keep myself nourished.
   After just a few days I was really wanting something savory. All the other sweet soft foods just weren't very filling! I pureed two different vegetables on various days to satisfy this craving. In hindsight I should've researched homemade baby foods to have on hand for after the surgery!
   The first vegetable pureed was baby carrots! I boiled them in water until soft. Then added honey, some seasonings, and cream before pureeing. I adjusted the cream until the desired consistency was reached. Since larger food particles could get stuck in the back of the mouth I pureed the carrots until they were very smooth!
   The following day I made some super mashed potatoes. After the potatoes were boiled I used our Ninja blender individual attachment for pureeing the vegetables.

   After the potatoes were boiled, I added cream, seasonings, and spinach to make the mashed potatoes. I boiled too many potatoes for the individual attachment to puree at once so we had to do it twice. This meant that my spinach ratio was off a little bit. When Patrick made the leftover container of mashed potatoes he used the two different potato mixtures to make some nice artwork.

The smiley face has the extra spinach in it.
Second week after wisdom teeth removal diet
   When the second week rolled around I felt like I could start to venture back into normal foods little by little. It just so happened to be Cinco de Mayo and we met friends out at a Mexican restaurant. Unfortunately I couldn't have any margaritas (on pain meds) or chips and salsa (chips too crunchy) -- both of these things are my favorite things about Mexican restaurants. But I still enjoyed the company of friends! I was able to eat a combo plate with an enchilada and cheese quesadilla served with rice and refried beans. 
   At this point I can prepare meals in the kitchen that I can eat and would pass as substantial enough for Patrick. The prior week he was having to fend for himself for dinners. The first meal I prepared for us was this Cream of Tomato Soup with grilled cheese sandwiches. Then the next night I made macaroni and cheese, applesauce, and salmon cakes. Patrick commented that I fixed him all his favorite things... 

From this point on I slowly started introducing more heartier foods back into my diet. It will sure be good to be back to normal!

Special thanks to my mom and Patrick for taking such good care of me!!


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