Let’s say you’re in a rut as far as chewing hard or any solid food because of circumstances like:
- recently removed wisdom teeth
- missing teeth or tooth decay
- jaw surgery
Whether your situation is long-term (years) or temporary, you can definitely still enjoy and stick to a plant-based diet.
The key is learning how to prepare delicious and filling soft or liquefied meals.
Be sure to check out our vegan soup recipes roundup.
If You Can Chew to Some Extent
Focus on soft foods.
The following items will need to be cooked and prepared to become soft, you can then mash or puree them if needed.
Root veggies are excellent options and include:
- cassava (aka. yuca)
- sweet potato
Root veggies are great for making filling and blended soups.
Soups are also an ideal way to bring in your choice of fats (avocado, coconut meat, or a high-quality oil) and seaweed (flakes, granules or powder).
Other food items to consider:
- Nut butters
- Red lentils
From the fruit category, you can include:
- durian fruit
- mangoes (soft ripened)
If You Can’t Chew at All
If for any reason, you can’t chew at all, we encourage you to focus on making calorically dense and filling, liquefied meals.
Sweet potato, avocado, pumpkin and coconut products (butter, cream, oil, etc.) are great ways to do this.
Overall, your best bet is:
- blended soups
- yogurts (coconut-based)
Here are example recipes to get you started:
- Sweet Potato & Celery Soup
- Carrot, Celery & Campari Tomato Soup
- Cucumber, Baby Spinach & Avocado Soup
- 2-Ingredient Vegan Coconut Yogurt
For lots of smoothie ideas, see this recipe roundup.