I have been absent for a long while but when this cooking quandary emerged I knew just who to turn to!
Dad had surgery in June and is still on a feeding tube. Much longer than anticipated. He's been given the clearance to eat thick liquids, e.g. yogurt, pureed soups. He is trying to find foods he can get down that are also high in calorie which would enable him to substitute real (albeit pureed) food in lieu of some of the feeding tube nutrients.
I'm open to suggestions. I've got the veggie soup category covered - carrot, cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini, mushroom... mostly they are not high caloric enough (though I did add coconut milk to the mushroom soup to bulk it up a bit.)
Post by applecrisp1 on Sept 9, 2018 15:54:38 GMT -5
Hope your dad is feeling better.
Here's some ideas that may or may not work.....
- can you whirl some avocado in some of the foods -- high calorie and some good fat/nutrition - potato soup with cream, or sweet potatoes - they have powdered PB --- but does that turn thick and gloppy if added to say a smoothie or something? - I don't know anything about protein powder but .... - or evaporated/condensed milk? - would adding some hummus or super pureed beans (to make even smoother I've seen hummus recipes that you take off the outer layer of the bean, could that work in a soup too?) -- just trying to think of protein ideas - chocolate pudding - could you add some whirled/super pureed ricotta cheese, cottage cheese - can he eat cold food? --- they have some hi protein ice cream on the market. - greek yogurt for even more protein than reg yogurt
I know others will have ideas, hope you get some food ideas that you can use!
You can add chopped or shredded or ground meat to the soups and puree them to make them more calorie dense. You might need a high speed blender to get them broken down enough. You can puree just about anything, it might not be appetizing looking, but when you are trying to get nutrients into someone who has swallowing issues, looks aren't so important. A friend of mine purees everything for her mom who has vascular dementia and has swallowing issues.
For soups, something like a fish chowder could be a good start.
Some great suggestions already. Baby food would be great if you wanted to slowly introduce meat. You could make a slurry of it so it is thinner. His tummy will need to start slowly. Was he on an enteral or parentral feeding tube?
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