Friday, August 24, 2007

My Post Surgery Foods & Recipes

Foods I ate post Surgery that were good, filling, and relatively simple to consume with a baby spoon or in a zip and squeeze bag. I didn't write it on every item but all fruits, milks, eggs, vegetables, meats, and ingrediants added to stuff was organic, unless otherwise specified.

Oatmeal – With milk, butter, and sugar. I also added some mashed banana a few times.
Cream of Wheat – I added a bit of butter, and maple syrup, then thinned it out and put it in a zip and squeeze bag. It is really good.
Gerber Organic baby food fruits – peaches, pears, and blueberry apple where my favorites.
Organic Cottage Cheese – blend in the Magic bullet to get rid of lumps. Tastes really good eaten with pureed fruit, or the baby food fruits above.
Scrambled Eggs with ground up ham added to it before scrambling. This was very high in protein and tasted much better then just plain scrambled eggs. I also made them with different kinds of cheese mixed in.
Egg Flower Soup – Buy the package of powdered soup in the store, stir two scrambled eggs into the soup when it is heated til almost boiling. Let it cool and enjoy.
Snack pack pudding
with whipped cream
Tapioca pudding – my mom made this homemade for me, it was so good!
Cheese Cake – Soft type, not the really dense kind
Blended organic hotdog – with a little mustard
Beef stew meat and vegetables – I made a beef barley soup with carrots, green beans, stew beef, and barley. Once done I took out all of the beef, then would grind up the vegetables and broth and add a few chunks of beef, then blend again. Then I put it in a zip and squeeze and drank it.
Tomato soup – Sometimes I would add pasta to make it more filling.
Split Pea soup – Pureed in the blender
Chicken noodle soup – I ground up bourbon chicken from a Chinese take-out and added it to regular soup. Boosted the protein and gave it some extra flavor.
Butternut squash soup
Mashed potatoes w/gravy – These are really good and very easy to eat. I recommend having some kind of meat with them though for extra protein.
Blended carrots – add butter and enjoy
Blended corn – add butter and enjoy.
Blended hamburger - It’s best to mix this with potatoes or gravy. Hamburger is pretty dry and can get stuck or sorta scrape your throat.
Blended Rib eye Steak
Spaghetti w/sauce with italian sausage – Blend sausage then add how much you want to the sauce. Put over chopped spaghetti. Don’t blend together or your sauce will come out very spicy, with an overbearing taste of Italian sausage.
Penne w/pesto sauce – Chop into small pieces
Lobster Ravioli – I ate this while in Las Vegas. It was really good and easy to smash and swallow
Beef & Bean Burritto – I opened the tortilla and ate the filling. The ground beef mixed with the refried beans and cheese is good. You can add some salsa for flavor if you want.
Lasagna – Made with ground italion sausage
Vietnemese Pho Noodle soup – I would order this with well done beef, cut up the noodles and basically swallow it whole. It was a favorite of mine, and pretty easy to eat. Be sure and cut up the noodles really well though so you don’t choke.
Blended Tilapia – I also blended salmon and halibut.that I just ate with a baby spoon. Another good thing is blended artificial crab mixed with a tablespoon or two of mayonnaise. You can add salt and pepper to season it, then eat with a spoon. I also did this with tuna. It was very good, and very high protein. I could eat one serving and feel very full.
Eggo waffles – Put some butter and syrup on these, then spray some whipped cream on the. Allow them to sit a minute or so and get mushy. Mmmm…so good!
Pancakes- I had blueberry pancakes, these pretty much melt in your mouth so are very easy to eat.

Fruit Smoothies
Berry smoothie
½ a cup of Minute Maid Fruit Punch
½ a cup of yogurt
½ a scoop of vanilla or unflavored protein powder
½ - ¾ cup berries (I used blueberries)
¼ cup of ice
Blend til smooth

Fruit shakes– I used about
1 cup of vanilla soy milk
½ a cup of vanilla yogurt
½ of a very small banana or ¼ of regular one (too much banana will overpower the taste of your smoothie and you won’t taste anything else so go easy on them)
½ a cup of berries of your choice ( I like blueberries the best)
½ a cup of vanilla ice cream
2 tablespoons of benefiber,
2 packets of splenda or 2 teaspoons of sugar.
Blend til smooth.

I also made vanilla, chocolate, and chocolate peanut butter milkshakes with carnation instant breakfast
½ cup whole milk
½ cup vanilla ice cream
1 giant tablespoon Carnation instant breakfast (for chocolate and chocolate peanut butter),
½ a scoop of vanilla or flavorless protein powder
1 tablespoon peanut butter (for chocolate peanut butter shake). I loved the peanut butter one the best!

Coffee milkshake (tastes like a Baskin Robbins Mocha Cappacino blast)
½ a cup of double strength or very strong coffee
½ a cup whole milk, or vanilla soy milk
1 cup vanilla ice cream
2 packets of splenda, or 3 teaspoons of granulated sugar (more to taste)
Add about ¾ of a cup of ice. Blend til smooth.
If you want a mocha one, add two tablespoons of Hershey’s chocolate syrup.

Creamsicle Shake
1 cup of orange juice
1 cup vanilla ice cream
½ cup vanilla soy milk
Blend til smooth

Ok, that is all I can think of at the moment. I will add other items as I remember them.


Kristy Clucas said...

wow u managed to make a whole lot for yourself...did u have a splint though, i find it quite annoying cuz i cant get anything in my mouth other than the syringe. Ive tried many sizes of spoons and forks with no luck! So im still at 2 weeks on a pure liquid diet

Brandyleigh35 said...

Yeah, I ate a lot, or should I say drank a lot and ate a lot of pureed stuff. I didn't have a splint but I was on liquid, fork smash only for 6 weeks! My doctor said "ABSOLUTELY NO CHEWING UNTIL 8 WEEKS POST OP." Which I followed to the letter as I was afraid something terrible would happen if I didn't. I was then released to soft chew only for another 6 weeks. So...suffice it to say I had to get creative to get some variety into myself.

I used the zip and squeeze bags...they were a total lifesaver for me, especially when my ortho banded me shut at about 2 weeks post op. I could take off the rubber bands but it was more of a pain to do so then just leave them on so I just drank my food. I got used to it after a couple weeks.

Honestly even at 5 months I still drink a lot of my food, or only eat stuff that is very soft. I don't like chewing very much as its still rather uncomfortable.

I'm a big protein smoothie fan, I drink at least one a day. I could only get a baby spoon in my mouth for a few weeks. I ate mashed carrots, and pureed meat. Cream of wheat was my favorite though for a couple weeks.


Kerry said...

Hi Brandyleigh,

I was told I should get SARPE and have so many questions. I was wandering if you would be able to help me as I have been online looking for a while for one to chat with. I talk all day at work so I don't know how much work I will miss how much pain I will be in and how long I will not be able to eat well. I only need the upper done and they want to do some work to my bottom jaw but I don't think I need it done as it’s only for a little movement. I do have TMJ and a deviated septum. I get the surgery for that on May 9th and to have my turbs cut as I can't breathe. Please help me with any an all advice you could give. I have been reading you page but it’s a lot of information to take in at once. Thanks for the help and thanks for sharing your story.
Thanks Kerry

Mr. Barry said...
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Mr. Barry said...

You are so lucky to get that mashed fork diet! I drink everything and I have 4 weeks to go until my rubber bands come off.

Angela said...

Please email me I have questions. I am having SARPE next week and have so much to ask anyone.

hylzz said...

hi! i'm so glad you kept this blog. i am getting both jaws advanced in 2 days and i'm getting really nervous. one question, if you happen to still check this: i do not have time to get zip n squeeze bags. can you think of any way i could craft a makeshift one? if i had access to one i could figure it out, so i just wanted to see if you had any ideas. thanks again!

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