Monthly Archives: February 2010

chris’s recommendations

The hilarious Chris of Saw My Face Apart dropped me a line today with some food suggestions that will definitely help out the sawed jaw gang:

–   You can have a cheeseburger after surgery. This was after my SARPE, though, so I wasn’t banded shut.  I don’t think it would be able to pass through a syringe 😦

–  Pineapple may not blend well but it’s great for two reasons — 1) high glycemic index = good calories 2) helps keep swelling down.  So drink plenty of pineapple juice.

–  Instead of Ensure or something like it I went straight for the industrial strength weight gainer.  I used a product called CytoGainer.  It’s a high calorie/high protein mass builder that is very tasty. Versatile, too.  Between the vanilla and banana flavors I came up with a whole menu of shakes.  For those that would rather stay away from processed stuff like that, coconut milk is super for boosting calorie intake.

–  Clam chowder was one of my favorites after I was banded shut.  It blends easily and smoothly so it works in the syringe without too much watering down, and is pretty high calorie.

–   Half of a Boston Crème Pie blended with some milk is a real treat.  Just sayin.

 That pie idea sounds wicked tasty!

Chris is right about pineapple. I’ve been reading a few blogs lately that recommend drinking pineapple juice before surgery, too, to get a head start on debruising. It’s probably too acidic for the first few days post-surgery, but it would be good after that. My boyfriend likes to drink a glass of half-pineapple, half-orange juice in the morning. That’s delicious.

I have continued to eat foods that I won’t be eating for a while. Today, I had a giant cut-up apple. This weekend, I’ll be tasting two burgers as part of a two-restaurant showdown. Mmm, surgery is tasty.

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hotel dieu’s recommendations

As I mentioned in my previous post, my surgeon gave me a packet to help me with my post-surgical diet. It is from Hotel Dieu Hospital in Ontario.

Unfortunately, it appears it’s no longer online.

The packet has some good tips:

– Cherries and pineapple don’t puree well.

– Cabbage and celery don’t puree well.

– Canned beans and lentils are delicious when pureed (I completely forgot about baked beans! I bet those taste great mixed up on a baby spoon).

– Skim milk powder is a great way to add extra nutrition to milk-based dishes, including a cup of milk itself.

– Save low-calorie liquids, such as water and coffee, for the end of the meal so you don’t fill up on them.

– Fiber is important, as pain medications will cause constipation. In addition to beans, you can get enough fiber by adding wheat germ, natural bran or prune juice to your meals.

Some of the recipe suggestions are less than tempting (hearty fish chowder, anyone?), but at least they’re creative.  Here are two smoothie recipes that you can just blend and drink. I’m on the fence about whether I’d make these, but at least they’re new recipes to me.

Violet Froth

– 3/4 c. pineapple juice

– 1/4 c. grape juice

– 1 c. plain yogurt

– 1 banana

– 3 cubes ice

Orange Buttermilk Shake

– 1 c. buttermilk

– 2 tbs. brown sugar

– 1/2 c. orange juice

– 1 c. vanilla ice cream

While I was looking up more information about the Violet Froth, I found this mocktail recipe book (.pdf) that has some fairly decent recipes. I’m going to miss alcohol during this process, but I’d be down for a Safe Sex on the Beach.

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a twist on jaw foods

Healthy living expert Tina from Carrots ‘N’ Cake was nice enough to point me in the direction of a tasty smoothie she made that would be great post-surgery.

So smoothies are pretty common after surgery. Sweet potatoes are great when mashed. Put them together and you have the Sweet Potato Pie smoothie!

-1/2 cup mashed sweet potato

– 1 ripe banana

-1/4 cup plain or vanilla yogurt

– 1/4 cup vanilla soy milk

– 1 tbsp hemp (or whey) protein

– 1 tbsp agave nectar 

– 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

– 1/2 tsp cinnamon

– 1/2 cup ice

– Dash of nutmeg

Just combine everything, blend, pour and sip. This obviously would be a perfect treat if you’ll be out of commission around the holidays, but I’ll be giving it a shot next month.

I visited my surgeon yesterday for impressions and the whole nine yards. He gave me the post-op jaw surgery diet packet, which has some great tips! More on that later.

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jennifer’s tips

Part-time jaw blogger and refreshing optimist Jennifer underwent jaw surgery on Feb. 3. She has some food suggestions for us:

I got SERIOUS nausea 2 days after leaving the hospital. I needed comfort food but couldn’t get it in! So I blended Wheat Thins with G2 fruit punch. It tasted good, and calmed my stomach.

– Lasagna works awesome in a blender, as does mac & cheese, veggie stir fry, chili…

– I was craving a Kit Kat bar, so I threw that in with milk! I also had cookies and milk that way, haha.

– Mom put her baked salmon in (with onion and herbs), plus mashed potato and carrots,  with some boiled water as well. Tasted great!

Thanks, Jennifer!

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my tasty treats list

Over the past year, I’ve bookmarked a few links to jaw blogs with good recipe ideas. There are two recipes that I can’t wait to try:

Peach Pie Smoothie

Over at My Journey Through Orthognathic Surgery, Stephanie enjoyed a mighty mug of peach pie smoothie that looks heavenly. The abridged recipe: two peaches, milk, ice cream, cinnamon, vanilla extract and honey. Dump it all in there and turn on that blender!

Tomato Chipotle Soup

The Natural Bite‘s Susan made a tomato chipotle soup that set my taste buds off long before I got my braces on. I’m a sucker for spice, and apparently this recipe can clear out your sinuses:

– 1 onion

– 3 garlic cloves

– 1 or 2 tsp of your favorite dried herbs

– 1-2 160z. cans of diced tomatoes. Try to get the ones without added salt.

– 2-3 chipotle peppers with the seeds removed. The dried ones need to be soaked.

– olive oil or butter and a touch of salt

Saute the onions, garlic and spices until the onions are translucent. Add the tomatoes and chipotle peppers and allow it to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Pour some of the mixture into your blender and blend until smooth. Add a little salt on top before sipping.

What recipes have you tried or are excited to try?

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