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Thread: In need recipes for a soft diet for 84 year old mother.

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    Super Member Neesie's Avatar
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    If she'll eat eggs, you can do a lot with them - boiled eggs (plain or deviled), egg salad, egg over rice, egg custard, etc.

    Cheese is also pretty versatile. Think outside the box and melt it over rice, instead of pasta. Add a scrambled egg to that and it becomes an even better meal.

    Will she eat beans? Beans and rice is a favorite of many older people. Cook the beans a long time, to reduce unpleasant side-effects.

    If she'll drink smoothies, you can add yogurt for protein. One of my favorites is vanilla or strawberry Greek yogurt, with a banana (mixed in blender).
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    I used my Vitmix to make my mom foods before she passed away. Some of her favorites where smoothie drinks with fresh cantaloupe, raw almonds, carrots and other fruits in seasons especially berries. You can also add yogurt. Presentation means a lot. A smoothie served in a pretty glass with a straw and maybe even an umbrella is more fun then something brown in cup. Also sitting down with them and eating the same food might help. You can also make "gravies/sauces" by blenderizing cooked meat/tomato/potato and then serving over well steamed vegetable and potatoes cubes. Does she like fish?

    I personally would not be able to handle Ensure and such. I agree Carnation breakfast would be a better option.
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    Just an important side-note, here. Older people don't need nearly as much protein, as younger, more active people. As a matter of fact, too much protein is very hard on one's kidneys, especially if the kidneys are already compromised. What you need to strive for is "adequate" protein . . . which really isn't all that much, for an older, sedentary individual.
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    spinach frittata, custard,various soups like pea soup, cream of broccoli, squash soup, tomato,can always add a bit of shredded cheese to the soup for a bit of protein, cream of wheat.

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    Hummus is very good. Can buy it in refridgerated dips section. Or make it with garbonzo beans and tahini which is made from sesame seeds and add what every you like to season it. Most use lemon juice and if you like garlic. Some recipes in the store have pine nuts, or roasted red peppers. My family has it with either pieces of pita bread or some kind of cracker or chip. The beans make it a good source of protein. If she eats bread peanut butter on a whole grain bread or with milk would make a complete protein with all amino acids too. And lots of vegetables have some protein in them.
    Tofu made from soy beans is also a complete protein and it comes in soft or firm (which isn't too much firmer than cottage cheese).

    A soup with lentils and pureed would be soft and protein and nutritious.

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    Eggs, oatmeal, baked sweet potatoes, baked white potatoes,soups, hot cereals, milkshakes (milk and frozen fruit) yogurt... You have probably thought of all these, but I hope she will eat. Has she said what she wants?

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    My dad needed a soft diet because he had trouble swallowing. He never chewed his food like he should've. When I was up north a few years back I fixed him some refried beans (non-fat) out of a can, the brand with the dog. I browned up some ground beef and added it to the the refried beans. Also rice on the side if he wanted. Fixed up some toast with a little garlic butter. He cleaned it up. We had leftovers so for breakfast I asked him if he wanted oatmeal but he wanted the leftovers and some scrambled eggs with it and toast. He had everything he needed and wanted my stepmother to fix it a couple times a week. He had a little more energy and wasn't going hungry. Dad had what they called a weak epiglottis which would make him choke when he ate solids. he was getting afraid to eat more solid foods.

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    Does she like tuna? Salmon? Steamed or made into tuna fish salad for a sandwich, or salmon burgers? Shrimp? Whatever she will eat. Sometimes the problem is chewing, swallowing, or digesting. Ice cold supplements are stomach chilling and can be uncomfortable.. How about quiches- warm or cool? Omlets? You can get some baby foods mixed in, and minced veggies or meat. Rice, potatoes, breads, and pastas are filling but very little nutrition, so limit them. Is cheese an option? Grilled cheese sandwich? Watch for lactose intolerance- a simple treatment with lactaid or chewable generics. The taste varies on the chewable brands so try a few. I prefer the CVS. Soups can contain nutrition but use higher protein broths rather than water. Smaller more frequent meals are better. Creamed chicken? She may have many old home comfort food recipes she'd like to adapt.

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    I puree soups and stews for my 97 year old Mom, soft boiled or poached egg, she like puddings and ice cream, too
    good luck, I know it is very challlenging and like someone here said already, it is like cooking for a baby

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    If you try the Greek yogurt, look for Fage 2% (pronounced Fa-yeh.) It's in the health food section of my Kroger, not with the regular yogurts like Dannon. I don't like yogurt, until my mom had me try this. She said it's the only good one. It's fabulous to me because I can't believe it's yogurt, and the blueberry one is my favorite.

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    Might try this:

    Impossible Pie

    All the ingredients are mixed together and poured into a pie tin, but when it cooks it forms its own crust with filling This has a coconut vanilla taste like a coconut cream pie

    Ingredients

    2 cups milk
    1 cup shredded coconut
    4 eggs
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/2 cup all purpose flour
    8 Tablespoon butter
    3/4 cup sugar
    1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

    Directions
    Place milk, coconut, eggs, vanilla, flour, butter and sugar in blender. Mix well.
    Pour into a greased and floured pie plate. Sprinkle nutmeg on top.
    Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minute


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