You might not feel like eating after a wisdom tooth extraction, but it’s important to stay hydrated and to obtain proper nutrients that expedite healing.
Choosing the best foods to avoid pain or damaging the surgical area is the last thing you want to think about after surgery. We get it. So we made you a list of some delicious foods you can make at home with a few simple ingredients.
After reading this article, you’ll never have to ask “what foods can you eat after wisdom tooth removal?” ever again.
IMPORTANT: DO NOT USE STRAWS AFTER SURGERY! THE SUCTION COULD BE HARMFUL TO YOUR SOCKETS AND MAY CAUSE BLEEDING.
WHAT TO EAT AFTER WISDOM TOOTH EXTRACTION
Okay, so this might not be the most exciting food to eat unless you’re a third-grader during recess.
But hold on, don’t write the applesauce off just yet. Try the following homemade recipe and experience this snack like never before.
It should take you about 30 minutes in total to make this, or three minutes if you decide to go with canned applesauce instead. Yuck!
Step 1: Peel four apples, core them, and chop them into small pieces. For those who don’t know what coring an apple implies, it’s removing the middle part that contains the seeds and stem. Do this with an apple corer or with a knife.
Step 2: Throw the apples in a saucepan along with a 3/4 cup of water, a 1/4 cup of sugar, and a 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
TIP: DEPENDING ON THE TYPE OF APPLES YOU USE, YOU CAN ADD MORE OR LESS SUGAR.
Step 3: Turn your stove on to medium heat and place the saucepan over the heat until the apples become soft (15 to 20 minutes). Allow the applesauce to cool off and mash them with a spoon, fork, or preferably a potato masher.
This recipe will make about three to four servings, but you can alter it to your taste and size of your party. Feel free to share with the ones you love, and then teach them how to make it so that you won’t have to the second time around.
2. BANANA ICE CREAM
Any soft serve ice cream will have a soothing effect on the wisdom tooth surgical area due to its cold temperature, but there’s nothing healthier or yummier than homemade banana ice cream.
If you have a nutrient extractor, this will work much better and faster than using a blender, but don’t let that stop you if you don’t have one. A good blender will do the job just fine.
Banana ice cream takes just a few minutes to make, but you must first freeze a few bananas for a couple of hours. So technically it could end up taking hours, but it’s so worth it!
Step 1: Freeze four peeled bananas for two to three hours, or overnight. The colder they are, the better this will work, so try to do it overnight. Also, cut each banana in half before freezing them to help with blending.
Step 2: Place the four, peeled frozen bananas in a blender along with a cup of milk, and blend until the consistency is thick, yet smooth.
TIP: ADD TWO TEASPOONS OF CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER TO HELP GIVE IT TASTE AND NUTRITION.
Step 3: Get an unfrozen banana and slice it into small circles. Add it to your bowl of ice cream for more texture. You can also add honey instead of sugar for a tastier and healthier snack.
This recipe is good for two to three servings, and you’ll probably want to stock up on frozen bananas because you won’t want to stop eating it. You can make this at any time, as long as you have frozen bananas ready to go, of course.
Okay, it’s just jello-o, but gelatin sounds much fancier, doesn’t it? In fact, the following recipe is probably the most elegant food to eat after wisdom tooth removal. It will also take a few hours before it’s ready to enjoy but you will enjoy it nonetheless.
We’re going to teach you how to make honey tangerine gelatin. It takes about four hours and a half for it to be ready, but you probably already know that those four hours require you just to relax while you wait for the gelatin to refrigerate thoroughly.
Step 1: When using gelatin sheets, soak eight, 2-gram sheets in a container with cold water for ten minutes, then remove the extra water. When handling powdered gelatin, stir two tablespoons with four cups of fresh honey tangerine juice and let it sit for about five minutes.
TIP: USE 12 to 15 TANGERINES TO MAKE THE JUICE YOURSELF.
Step 2: Heat the tangerine juice, the zest of one honey tangerine and a 1/2 cup of sugar in a saucepan. Stir the mixture until it is warm and the sugar dissolves. Then, remove it from the stove and dissolve the gelatin in the juice mixture.
Step 3: Pour into a bowl and refrigerate until it sets into the Jell-O texture we all know and love. The setting process should take around four hours. Feel free to serve it with whipped cream but skip adding cookies as it could be harmful to the surgical area.
If you successfully pull off this recipe, you have Chuck Hughes from the Cooking Channel to thank. This method will give you four to five delicious servings of honey tangerine gelatin.
What’s better than hummus? Homemade hummus! Unfortunately, you won’t be able to enjoy it with pita chips or pita bread, since you don’t want to be chewing on these kinds of things, but nobody will judge you if you just eat it by the spoonful!
Store-bought hummus is always delicious but after a wisdom tooth extraction, it’s important to avoid any spices, and hummus typically has a few of those. We’ll teach you how to make amazing hummus in ten minutes without having to use zesty ingredients like tahini or cumin.
Step 1: Mix the freshly squeezed juice of one large lemon with a 1/4 cup of natural unsweetened creamy peanut butter (instead of tahini) in a food processor. Process for one minute, then scrape the bottom and sides, and process for 30 more seconds.
TIP: A BLENDER MAY BE USED IN PLACE OF A FOOD PROCESSOR BUT MAKE SURE IT’S HIGH POWERED.
Step 2: Add three tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil, one small clove of minced garlic, and a 1/2 tablespoon of salt to the whipped lemon juice with peanut butter. Process the ingredients for 30 seconds, then scrape the bottom and sides, and process for 30 more seconds or until it blends to a consistency of your liking.
Step 3: Open a 15-ounce can of chickpeas (peeled or unpeeled), drain them, rinse them, and add half of the chickpeas to the processor. Process for one minute, then scrape the bottom and sides to ensure everything is getting whipped properly. Add the remaining chickpeas and process for one to two additional minutes or until you get the thick, smooth texture you look for in hummus.
If the hummus is too thick or if small pieces of chickpeas are still visible, fix it by slowly adding two to three tablespoons of water while the food processor is still on until you reach the perfect consistency. This recipe makes about six servings, and you can serve it with a drizzle of olive oil. Voila! You just made hummus!
5. MASHED POTATOES
It’s not Christmas or Thanksgiving – unless it is when you read this – but anyway, mashed potatoes will be your best friends after getting your wisdom teeth removed.
They’re very simple to prepare, and you can make them in large quantity to last you the full week required to heal after a wisdom tooth extraction. And you’ll be able to impress grandma this Thanksgiving!
Making classic mashed potatoes takes about 30 minutes and can be combined with gravy or sour cream to give you some variety in your post-surgery diet. You can also try this fiber-rich recipe using sweet potatoes topped with butter and a dash of cinnamon.
Step 1: Peel a pound and a half of russet potatoes and cut them into large chunks.
Step 2: This is the hardest step. Bring three cups of water with a tablespoon of salt to a boil in a pan. Add the potatoes to the pan and wait for the water to return to a boil, then simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are fully tender.
Step 3: Drain any excess water from the potatoes and bring them back to the pan that by now should be removed from the heat. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher until there’s no chunks and is as smooth as possible. Add three tablespoons of heavy cream, three tablespoons of butter, a 1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper, and continue beating.
TIP: AFTER YOU POUR OUT THE WATER, LET THE PAN SIT WITH THE LID STILL ON FOR A MINUTE TO DRY THE POTATOES A BIT.
Feel free to adjust to your taste buds or the size of your party. This recipe is good for three to four servings of delicious mashed potatoes sure to fill your stomach and ease your discomfort post-surgery.
6. PEANUT BUTTER PROTEIN SHAKE
To cut down on calories and to teach you something new, we’ll give you a recipe for a peanut butter shake using peanut power, better known as PB2.
If you want to use regular peanut butter, by all means, go for it, either method you choose will still be utterly delicious. You can also use this recipe for when you get back from the gym.
This shake is great after a workout but even better after a wisdom teeth extraction. You can prepare this in five minutes for breakfast, lunch or dinner, but it will give you tons of energy so make sure you don’t need to be up early the next day.
Step 1: Freeze a peeled banana for a couple of hours and throw half of it in a blender.
Step 2: Mix a 1/2 cup of ice, one tablespoon of vanilla extract, two tablespoons of PB2, one cup of almond milk (unsweetened), and one scoop of vanilla protein powder in the blender with the half of a banana.
Step 3: Blend the mixture on high until you attain the desired, smooth consistency.
TIP: To make the texture of the shake a lot thinner, slowly add water until it’s the consistency you want.
This recipe will yield a single serving of peanut butter protein shake, but you can always double or triple the measuring sizes to make more. Remember not to use a straw when drinking this shake to avoid any damage to the wisdom teeth surgical area!
Who knew cream of wheat could be a gourmet dessert? We’re going to teach you how to make the perfect, warm and creamy mocha pudding. Trust us. It sounds harder to make than what it is.
You’ll be eating a delicious dessert that beats boring, old applesauce in less than ten minutes. And you’ll be able to save the recipe for a date night once you fully heal from your wisdom teeth surgery.
Step 1: Bring two cups of whole milk and a substantial pinch of salt to a boil in a small saucepan. Add a 1/3 cup of cream of wheat and start whisking on simmer for two to three minutes.
Step 2: Remove the pan from the heat, add one ounce of finely chopped unsweetened chocolates, half a cup of chocolate chips, two teaspoons of instant espresso powder, two tablespoons of sugar, and let it sit for one minute.
Step 3: Stir the mixture until the chocolate is fully incorporated and the mix becomes smooth. Then, whisk in half a tablespoon of vanilla and serve the pudding as soon as possible to appreciate its warmness.
TIP: MAKE MORE!
This recipe will allow you to savor four servings of this gourmet dessert. You’ll need three more people with whom to share the creamy taste of this mocha pudding. But choose wisely.
There’s never a wrong time for a healthy smoothie, and they’re especially useful when you can’t eat solid foods due to wisdom tooth extraction.
Fruits and vegetables are essential in our day to day diet, making this recipe useful for a very long time. Avoid using fruits with seeds that may lodge in the surgical area while you heal.
We’ll teach you the step-by-step of how to make an avocado smoothie in five minutes sure to satisfy your taste buds. It might seem like a strange concept, but the healthy fats packed into the avocado will do wonders for your healing process.
Step 1: Place one peeled, seeded and halved ripe avocado in a blender. Add one peeled banana, a 1/4 cup of plain yogurt, one cup of freshly squeezed orange juice without seeds, one tablespoon of honey, and one teaspoon of grated fresh ginger.
Step 2: Blend the ingredients until the mixture is smooth and contains no lumps.
TIP: Add a dash of salt to give it a little more flavor.
Step 3: Add two cups of ice and blend the mixture again until the ice dissipates entirely.
Do not be afraid to try this innovative avocado smoothie recipe that yields a perfect single serving. Avocado tastes amazingly well with many fruits, including mango!
Chicken noodle soup is not the best option when recovering from a wisdom tooth extraction due to the chunks of chicken and its high temperature. Instead, we want to show you how to make a creamy, broccoli and spinach soup that will leave you fiending for more when it’s finished.
It’s necessary to keep an open mind with this recipe, especially for those who’s mom had to force veggies down their throat.
Trust us, though, this warm soup is delicious and will give provide more nutrients than chicken noodle soup. Keep this 40-minute recipe handy for whenever you’re feeling under the weather.
Step 1: Prepare the vegetables. Chop two leeks, chop one to two pounds of broccoli (a bunch) and cut one small peeled russet potato into tiny pieces.
Step 2: Cook the leeks in four tablespoons of unsalted butter with a 3/4 tablespoon of kosher salt and a 1/4 tablespoon of black pepper in a large pot over a medium-high flame for four to six minutes, or until the mixture softens, stirring occasionally. You can then add six cups of vegetable broth, the broccoli, and potato. Simmer for 17 to 23 minutes or until the mixture becomes tender.
Step 3: Stir in five ounces of spinach until it withers. Transport the mix to a blender and puree until you reach a creamy consistency. Now you’re ready to eat!
TIP: YOU CAN ADD MORE PEPPER AND SOUR CREAM AS YOU PLEASE BEFORE SERVING.
Your stomach will thank you for feeding it such delicious ingredients that are also great for your overall health. This recipe will be enough for three to four people, or one huge serving for yourself if you don’t feel like sharing.
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Honestly, it’s way too challenging and time-consuming to make yogurt from scratch. It’s virtually unheard of actually, so we won’t even try to fill your mind with such useless information. But still, it’s a great snack to have after a wisdom tooth removal.
Plain yogurt with honey is your best bet to avoid granola or additional ingredients that require heavy chewing. Instead, add some mashed banana to give it a thicker texture. Yogurt is easy on the stomach, which makes it perfect for right after taking your medication.
Do you have any other recipes that are ideal for post-operative healing? Let us know in the comment section below! We appreciate your time and any input you might have for us.
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