Good Foods To Eat When Your Teeth Are Not Feeling Good

Written by  Christen Hawkins 10-29-2015

What do you eat when you have a tooth ache, are cutting a wisdom tooth or have lost your teeth? In other words, what do you eat when you or somebody you love cannot chew well? Lately I’ve had the challenge of my old fillings in my teeth deteriorating from age. The dentist office I go to has been busy and appointments are painfully far apart. But one must eat, and eat a variety of foods in order to stay healthy.

Here are a few of my favorite recipes that are easy on the teeth and totally fulfilling. I shared the following one dish meal inspired by my grandmother’s recipe. I thought it looked “icky” but knew she could eat it because of her dentures she had to remove to eat. The person I shared the recipe with is a young man who lost his teeth early in life. He hopes to receive implants some day. I’m glad we had this tasty meal together. This looks good served in a wide bowl.

POACHED EGGS ON TOAST with AVOCADO

1 slice of whole grain bread,

1 small avocado, mashed with sea salt and sprinkle of lemon or lime (op)

1/2 cup milk (I like unsweetened coconut milk)

1/4 cup tomato soup or broth (I use Pacific Tomato/Basil soup, but regular tomato soup plus basil works)

Bring to medium boil as you add two eggs to pan

along with some sprinkles of sea salt, black and red pepper(op) Turn off pan when egg starts to coat with white. Baste stock on top of egg yolk, if necessary. Don’t overcook.

 

Lightly toast bread, spread with avocado

Spoon egg/avocado onto toast, then pour milk stock over all and enjoy!

 

This dish is high in protein, with long burning carbohydrates. It is a satisfying morning meal or snack for those with or without teeth. Enjoy!

MUSELLI SMOOTHIE

Drinking this great tasting smoothie for breakfast is a way to celebrate fall and get your “apple a day” in your diet. This is not much different than a famous fresh dish from Switzerland called Muesli. There is a dried version of this dish, but the original is the consistency of a pudding or fine, grated salad. My recipe tries to stay with the intention of the original, healing dish.

Bircher Muesli was developed around 1900 by Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Brenner for his patients and is still a very popular breakfast prelude throughout Switzerland and Germany. The original uses rolled oats instead of hemp seed, and 2 Tbs. soaked, rolled oats can be substituted. It’s PH balance is said to be the same as Mother’s milk and is easily digested.

MUESLI SMOOTHIE

  • 2 Tbs. Hemp Seed meal*
  • 1/2 cup yogurt and 1/2 cup coconut (or other) milk
  • a handful of walnuts and 2 Tbs. chia** seeds (op)
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice (if sweet apple)
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 1 tsp. honey (if sour apple)
  • 1/2 cup of other fruit in season or frozen blueberries (op)
  • sprinkle of nutmeg (optional)

 

Whiz up, adding water or milk if too thick. Enjoy! Your liver will bless you, and you might just skip flu season altogether.

*10grams protein for 3Tbs. **3 grams protein per Tbs. (found at health food departments and COSTCO)

Millet

1 cup millet (found in bulk foods, Oriental groceries and health food stores)

3-4 cups of water

sea salt, scant-1 tsp.

 

Toast millet (optional) until slightly browned and smells nutty.

Add water or vegetable broth slowly. Bring to boil and reduce heat. Cook until water is absorbed. When reheated, add more water if you used less than 4 cups. This tasty cereal can be served as rice, with honey and milk or butter and salty condiments. It makes a nice change for rice as a side dish or is often my morning cereal. Millet is known as the “poor man’s rice” as it can be grown on more marginal soil and takes less tending that rice paddies. It is high in complex carbohydrates and iron

A THAI, SUPRISE RELIEF

One of the best things to come out of this experience was to understand what others go through who cannot chew, whether it’s a temporary or lifetime experience for them. That kept me away from the “Poor pitiful me.” attitude. Another blessing thing is that I was given a healing powder by my young friend that has cleaned up my local infection and taken away all of my tooth pain while I wait for the dentist. It’s from Thailand called Rung Arun Yoki Formula Natural tooth powder. But beware, as the taste is nasty. A pinch is diluted in water. Dip a finger into the moistened powder and rub on gums or dip your soft toothbrush in it and brush teeth and gums. If you get too much on the tongue, that’s where the acrid taste comes in. If this happens, your mouth can be rinsed lightly, and most of the benefit seems to stay. The company simply states “for excellent tooth and gum health”. Ingredients are listed as calcium salt, alum and camphor.

It’s been a miracle for me, so I can happily tolerate the taste, and I’ve found that with practice, I get just the right amount applied to just the gums. I found further supplies on E-Bay upon search, although I’m sure this one packet is going to last a good long time.




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