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What Can I Eat With No Teeth?

author image Sara Ipatenco
Sara Ipatenco has taught writing, health and nutrition. She started writing in 2007 and has been published in Teaching Tolerance magazine. Ipatenco holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in education, both from the University of Denver.
What Can I Eat With No Teeth?
Well-cooked vegetables may be consumed without chewing. Photo Credit moodboard/moodboard/Getty Images

If you do not have teeth, you may find it difficult to eat certain foods, but you still have nutritious options. You can enjoy many of the same foods you ate before by preparing them in new ways. Your body still needs the same nutrients, so eat a variety of soft foods to maintain good health.


What Can I Eat With No Teeth?
Consider pureeing your favorite fruits. Photo Credit CGissemann/iStock/Getty Images

Enjoy the nutritional benefits of your favorite fruits by purchasing pureed versions or by pureeing them yourself. Applesauce is readily available and supplies many of the same nutrients as a whole apple. Look for other pureed fruits, such as pears and peaches in your local supermarket. Mash soft fruits, such as bananas, well enough that they do not need to be chewed. J. Randy Wilson, author of "The I-Can't-Chew Cookbook," suggests combining your favorite fruits, such as berries and bananas or limes and strawberries, to make smoothies or shakes that are easy to swallow and nutritious.


What Can I Eat With No Teeth?
Steam vegetables to make them soft and retain most of their nutrients. Photo Credit Ingram Publishing/Ingram Publishing/Getty Images

Well-cooked vegetables are soft enough to eat without teeth, and steaming them helps retain the bulk of their nutrients so you can still take advantage of what they have to offer. Steam your favorite vegetables until they are very soft and then mash or puree them until they are smooth. Whisk pureed vegetables with low-fat cream or milk and your favorite spices to create healthy soups. Boost your protein intake by combining pureed fish, meat or beans with vegetables in soups, suggests Wilson.


What Can I Eat With No Teeth?
Oatmeal will still be easy to consume. Photo Credit Robyn Mackenzie/iStock/Getty Images

Hot cereals, such as oatmeal or farina, are easy to consume and provide you with a healthy dose of nutrients. Whisk in warm milk, pureed fruit and a dash of cinnamon for added taste. Pureed noodles can also be part of your diet. Enhance them with pureed vegetables for added nutrition. Combine cooked rice with pureed vegetables, such as carrots or squash, for a slightly different taste.

Protein Foods

What Can I Eat With No Teeth?
Puree your favorite meats to ensure you are getting adequate protein in your diet. Photo Credit Elena Gaak/iStock/Getty Images

Puree your favorite meats and fish to take advantage of the protein and other nutrients they supply. Sandra Woodruff and Leah Gilbert-Henderson, authors of "Soft Foods for Easier Eating Cookbook," suggest pureeing salmon with salt, pepper, lemon juice and reduced-fat cream cheese to make a nutritious and tasty salmon mousse. Substitute your favorite fish for a similar meal. Add pureed meat, such as beef or chicken, to soup recipes or combine them with soft pasta or rice. Other soft protein foods include scrambled eggs, low-fat milk, cottage cheese, yogurt and pudding

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