24 Foods You Can Eat After Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Out

No, you don’t have to subsist on JELL-O. You have options.

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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.

2. Homemade Apple Sauce

Recipe here.

3. Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Recipe here.

4. Greek Yogurt with Honey

5. Peanut Butter Protein Shake

Shakes loaded with protein provide lots of energy. But remember not use a straw! Recipe here.

6. Honey Tangerine Gelatin

Recipe here.

7. Peanut Butter Mousse

Recipe here.

8. Classic Mashed Potatoes

Recipe here.

9. Roasted Carrot Soup

Recipe here.

10. Black Truffle and Cheese Grits

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

Recipe here.

14. Basic Creamy Polenta

Recipe here.

15. Smooth Hummus

Recipe here.

16. Baba Ghanouj

Remove seeds from eggplant before smashing and don’t use cayenne pepper. Recipe here.

17. Homemade Cottage Cheese

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.

19. Cream of Chicken Soup

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).

23. Lemongrass-Basil Sherbet

Recipe here.

24. Mango and Banana Smoothie Pudding

Recipe here.

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