Fact: Getting your teeth pulled out will probably suck. But you’ll be OK as long as you stick with a soft, nutritious diet to help the healing process.
A few tips: Eat cold foods to soothe your poor mouth. “Avoid seeds and hot spices — they’ll irritate your wounds,” says Dr. Michael Goldberg of Manhattan Dental Health. And don’t use straws; the suction can put pressure on your sad little toothless sockets and cause bleeding (gross). And last but not least: Try not to get addicted to pain killers.
1. Creamy Green Smoothies
Smoothies are quick and easy ways to get nutrition when you can’t consume solid foods. This one has apples, zucchini, and broccoli. Recipe here.
5. Peanut Butter Protein Shake
Shakes loaded with protein provide lots of energy. But remember not use a straw! Recipe here.
11. Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons
Let croutons bathe in soup long enough to get nice and soft. Recipe here.
12. Warm and Creamy Mocha Pudding
Surprise ingredient: Cream of wheat. Recipe here.
13. Pumpkin Spice Swirl Maple-Date Cream of Wheat
16. Baba Ghanouj
Remove seeds from eggplant before smashing and don’t use cayenne pepper. Recipe here.
18. Mango Caprese with Basil Vinaigrette
Soft fruits and soft cheeses feel like solid food, but won’t tax your jaw muscles. Recipe here.
20. Soft Scrambled Eggs with Ricotta
Really, you can have any kinds of eggs (which is why eggs are awesome.) Recipe here.
21. Noodle Soup
If you add chicken to your soup, shred the meat into tiny pieces. Recipe here.
22. Nutella Cheesecake
Recipe here (scroll down for English version).