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Liquid Recipes for Weight Loss or Post-Surgery Diet

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My jaw surgery in August 2011 was a real eye opener for me, in terms of what foods I couldn't eat afterwards. Prior to surgery, I prepared by stocking up on soup, protein drinks, and many syringes for blending and eating food in liquid form.

I soon discovered some foods that taste delicious as well as some that are not so good. I took note of all of this to document my progress and keep track of my daily calories consumed.

I hope some of this information is now useful for others going through a similar surgery or lifestyle change that requires a liquid diet.

Thanks to Calorieking.com, I noted the estimated calories for each meal at the bottom. I needed 2000 calories per day, so these are just my rough estimates. Keeping track helped me stay focused on how many calories I was lacking.

The first six days, I lived off of cranberry juice, apple juice, and Ensure, and lost about 10 pounds. However, the following month and a half I created some awesome meals that left me feeling much more satisfied than any protein drink would!

This article includes 20 food options to try when on a liquid diet, varying from tasty soups, to main meals, to desserts. They are not ranked in any particular order, but numbered solely for the purpose of sharing some ways of getting good nutrition when needing foods in liquid form.

Blended Breakfast Ideas

Delicious, buttery waffles...don't they look yummy?

Delicious, buttery waffles...don't they look yummy?

Bye, bye, waffle...into the blender it goes!

Bye, bye, waffle...into the blender it goes!

I love making breakfast from scratch, and after surgery I was so frustrated. I even made my family breakfast and sat and watched them eat the waffles I prepared.

I was so use to making the family breakfast, like I often do, that I forgot I couldn't eat it. After watching in disappointment, I soon realized that I could eat waffles, too, but in a different form.

Next time I made waffles, I served my family theirs, and then took out the blender.

  • I placed my waffle on my plate and added butter and honey to it, like I always do.
  • I then cut it up into small pieces, as if I would be eating it normally.
  • I placed the cut up waffle and toppings in the blender.
  • I added 1/2 cup of warm apple juice and a 1/2 cup of warm water.
  • Then I blended, adding more liquid as needed.

This drink turned out wonderful, and has the same taste as if you were eating whole waffles.

Calorie Count:

  • Waffle: 437
  • Apple Juice: 63
  • Total: 500 cal.

Both vanilla and chocolate Carnation Instant Breakfasts are not bad, but I get tired of them easily. They come in bottles and mixes. With the mixes, you have to add milk but the bottles are all ready to drink. For variety, I added some fruit.

  1. Put Chocolate Carnation Instant Breakfast mix in the blender.
  2. Add 8 oz milk.
  3. Then add 1/2 banana or three strawberries.
  4. Add a donut for serious added calories, yum!

Calorie Count:

  • Carnation Breakfast Mix: 130
  • 8 oz milk: 122
  • 1/2 banana: 40
  • OR donut: 195
  • Total: 292/447

This drink isn't bad once you get used to a liquid diet. Mom made me this a day or so after coming home from the hospital, and it wasn't doing it for me. But, I tried it a few days later, and it wasn't bad at all.

  • Add some cooked oatmeal to the blender.
  • Add some fruits, i.e. strawberries or 1/2 a banana.
  • Add a generous amount of honey.
  • Add apple juice, cranberry juice, or other juice, (I believe I used apple).
  • Blend, and drink.

If you think about it, if you were having oatmeal for breakfast, you might have fruit with it. You also may have a glass of juice, too. So, mixing everything in the blender really is not scary, as long as they are ingredients you typically would have together.

Calorie Count:

  • Oatmeal: 80
  • Fruit: 30
  • Honey: 40
  • Juice: 40
  • Total: 190 cal.

Lunch Meal Ideas

Let's talk soup. Soup, soup, and more soup!

A few varieties I ate during my recovery period included the below.

This was delicious, (despite by non-smiling pose due to limited mouth movability) a serving of blended, lobster chowder.

This was delicious, (despite by non-smiling pose due to limited mouth movability) a serving of blended, lobster chowder.

Okay, I wouldn't suggest you get lobster chowder. That said, if you have to dine out and need something to eat, and ask the waitstaff to blend something for you, this works ok. In my case, though, they weren't able to blend it enough so I took it to go.

  • At home, I blended it to my liking.
  • I added warm milk to it.
  • Mmm. Delicious! And oh, so creamy.

Calorie Count:

  • One bowl of lobster chowder: 200
  • Milk: 60
  • Total: 260 cal.
  • Added 1.5 cups broccoli cheddar soup to the blender.
  • I added 1/2 cup warm/hot water
  • Blended, and drank.

The consistency I needed at the very beginning was very watered down in order to make it in through the tiniest opening in my mouth. I couldn't open wide at all and all liquids had to dribble their way into my mouth.

I tried using the syringe, but was unsuccessful, though I did manage to cover the walls of the bathroom in my blended goop. I found it was much easier for me to make extra liquified meals, and drink them from a cup.

Calorie Count:

  • 1.5 cup broccoli cheddar soup = 250 cal.

Due to unsuccessful use of the food syringe, I consumed a lot of tomato soup in the first couple of weeks after surgery. I found it to be the easiest food to get into my stomach, but not very filling.

This soup is easy though because it is already so thin that it didn't need to be blended first.

  • In a saucepan, mix together tomato soup and cheese, if you desire.
  • Then serve.

Calorie Count:

  • Tomato soup: 90
  • 1 slice Velveeta cheese: 60
  • Total: 150 cal.
My stock of Progresso soups. These soups are very hearty, and still quite flavorful when blended.

My stock of Progresso soups. These soups are very hearty, and still quite flavorful when blended.

Progresso's hearty soups such as Italian Meatball and Steak and Roasted Russet Potatoes were incredibly delicious meals, and very hearty.

  • Heat 1/2 cup water, and add in with the soup, into a saucepan.
  • Blend hot soup.
  • Drink.

Calorie Count:

  • Soup varies between 80 cal. & 130 cal. / can.

We have reached my favorite! You didn't think I would have missed out on Chinese food during my recovery period, did you? For the most part I did, but the soup was the main thing I was craving.

  • In the blender, I added soup, including wontons and liquid.
  • Because of the high amount of liquid and very slight amount of wonton, it blended fairly easily.
  • It was easy to drink and savor. The high salt content made it easier to drink. After a while drinking meals is not bad though at first it is rough and you want the real thing. But then you realize you can't have it and liquid wonton soup is amazing.

This is delicious and very satisfying. However, if you need to keep your calories high you'll have to supplement because this soup is very low in calories.

Calorie Count:

  • Wonton soup = 90 cal.

Campbell's makes a cheese soup which is good, but very thick. It needs to be be watered down, but don't worry, it doesn't take away from the flavor as it is already very, very concentrated.

  • I added a small glass of cheese soup to blender.
  • I added warmed water to blender.
  • I also added some meat sauce from the fridge to blender (really quite tasty).
  • Blend.

Calorie Count:

  • Cheese soup: 100
  • Meat sauce: 70
  • Total: 170 cal.
Two of my meals for the day, including a Boost nutritional drink, and a glass of Progresso soup. I think I was a little malnourished by this point, and that probably explains the creepy expression.

Two of my meals for the day, including a Boost nutritional drink, and a glass of Progresso soup. I think I was a little malnourished by this point, and that probably explains the creepy expression.

Blended Dinner Meals

These meal suggestions were successful for me, starting about a week and a half after surgery. Prior to this, I sat at the dinner table, sad, frustrated and drinking an Ensure or something.

But as I got more mobility back in my mouth and some new elastic bands, I could push more foods through my front teeth. This made it so I could consume liquids with slightly thicker textures.

So, the following blended dinner meals may need to be tweaked depending on where you are at in recovery and/or how liquidy you need your meals to be. When in doubt, add more water, milk, juice or tomato sauce.

Mom is a great cook, and she makes a really good pork stir fry. I stared longingly at it and took in the delicious smells as she placed a plate of food in front of me like I could just eat it. I would have laughed, but it hurt to do so. Then I realized that I, too, could have this meal.

  • Mom's stir fry primarily consists of pork, celery and peppers (and other secret ingredients).
  • I added a small cup of stir fry to the blender.
  • Then I added a 1/2 cup of cooked spaghetti.
  • Added some green beans.
  • I heated up 1/2 cup of chicken broth, and 1/2 a cup of water and then added to blender.
  • I blended until proper consistency, and consumed.
  • I rushed to the bathroom to Waterpik out my teeth between each bite. In the beginning, I ate a lot of meals in the bathroom, which is a bit gross.

Calorie Count:

  • Stir fry: 180
  • Pasta: 63
  • Green beans: 17
  • Total: 260 cal.
A bowlful of pasta and meat sauce with cheese, before it went into the blender.

A bowlful of pasta and meat sauce with cheese, before it went into the blender.

Comfort foods aid in a speedy recovery, and they will make you feel that you are somewhat normal.

  • Add small portion of spaghetti to blender.
  • Add small portion of meat sauce to blender.
  • Add one can of warmed tomato sauce to blender.
  • Blend until smooth.

Calorie Count:

  • Spaghetti and meat sauce: 200
  • Can of tomato sauce: 80
  • Total: 280 cal.
Good ol' Pizza Hut! Who knew it would taste the same, blended up?

Good ol' Pizza Hut! Who knew it would taste the same, blended up?

I also love pizza, very, very much, and I tried plopping a slice of veggie pizza from Pizza Hut into the blender.

  • I added one slice of cut up pizza to blender.
  • I heated up one can of tomato sauce and added it to blender.
  • Blend until perfect consistency.

For pizza night, I could only consume one slice because that one slice ended up being 2 glasses of liquid. The can of tomato sauce, or liquid in general, makes it difficult to consume lots of pizza or large quantities of food.

But this is okay because small meals are important. You don't want to bloat, because, well, that will cause other problems not mentioned in this hub!

Calorie Count:

  • 1 slice pizza: 100
  • One can tomato sauce: 80
  • Total: 180 cal.

I love Annie's boxed macaroni and cheese so I had to give it a go in the blender, especially when I started getting desperate (and by that, I mean starving!)

  • Cook up a box of mac and cheese.
  • Add a small portion to blender.
  • I added a slice of Velveeta cheese, just because I found it's a lot easier to drink blended foods if they genuinely taste either extra cheesy, or extra spicy. It gives it some oomph and a little extra flavor.
  • I added 1/2 cup of milk to blender.
  • Mmmmhmm, I drank my little heart out.

Calorie Count:

  • Mac and cheese: 240
  • Cheese slice: 60
  • 1/2 cup milk: 60
  • Total: 360 cal.
This is when I wanted to eat this burger, SO, so, badly, and was a little frustrated, but blended it tasted great, too!

This is when I wanted to eat this burger, SO, so, badly, and was a little frustrated, but blended it tasted great, too!

Burger night was not going to be a night I missed!

  • First, I assembled the burger on my plate, like I would be eating it then and there.
  • I added onion, tomato, a slice of cheese, and a generous amount of mustard and ketchup.
  • I placed the burger and its fixens into the blender.
  • I added a cup of heated up tomato sauce.
  • Blend, and drink.

It is very hard to consume a whole cheeseburger!

One burger and a can of sauce equalled about two full glasses of liquid, which is too much for my stomach to take at one time. So, I had half the amount which was perfect, and saved the rest for later.

Calorie Count:

  • 1/2 a burger: 200
  • Tomato sauce: 40
  • Total: 240 cal.
A soft taco including ground beef, cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, green peppers and onion. This whole taco can go right into the blender for an easy, tasty, blended meal.

A soft taco including ground beef, cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, green peppers and onion. This whole taco can go right into the blender for an easy, tasty, blended meal.

Besides breakfast, I am also a taco girl, as they are my favorite dinner item. So on family taco night I blended all the ingredients for myself.

  • I added sautéed beef, onions, green peppers, tomatoes, and cheese to blender.
  • I added a slice of a garlic baguette to blender.
  • I added 1/2 cup of warmed apple juice and water to blender.
  • I added a heaping tablespoon of minced garlic and olive oil. The spices enhance the flavors wonderfully, making it very, very tasty.
  • Blended until smooth, adding more liquid as needed.

The end result is delicious, and tasted just like a regular taco. The only downside is that you can't eat as many tacos as you normally would. Liquids fill up your tummy very fast.

Calorie Count:

  • 1 cup blended tacos: 200
  • Apple juice: 40
  • Olive oil: 120
  • Total: 360 cal.

I love making homemade fettuccine alfredo. It isn't too unhealthy but it definitely has some good calories. It's perfect for a person on a liquid diet!

This photo of my chicken alfredo was taken prior to my surgery, and thus I ate it in its original form. But, blended up tastes good, too!

This photo of my chicken alfredo was taken prior to my surgery, and thus I ate it in its original form. But, blended up tastes good, too!

Ay, finally, dessert.

In the beginning, I lived off of dessert, as it was the easiest for me. I would grab an Ensure drink or other protein drink, and the sugar content in those is outrageous.

I needed calories though, with a goal of 2000 a day. So, I found ways to really consume some crazy high calories with high calorie desserts.

Blended Desserts

Drinking a smoothie containing melon, yogurt and apple juice. Not the most delicious taste, but I got sick of Ensure and all the protein drinks, and this is healthy, too. Oh, do you like the elastics? Yeah, they were very attractive.

Drinking a smoothie containing melon, yogurt and apple juice. Not the most delicious taste, but I got sick of Ensure and all the protein drinks, and this is healthy, too. Oh, do you like the elastics? Yeah, they were very attractive.

These are not too fattening but they are a nice change of pace. You can be creative and throw anything into the blender that looks appealing.

  • I added yogurt to blender.
  • I added various fruit: 1/2 a banana, some blueberries, strawberries, melon, or kiwi.
  • Blend.

Calorie Count:

  • Smoothie (varying with individual fruits used): 50
  • Yogurt: 70
  • Total: 120 cal.
  • I added one Vanilla Ensure to blender.
  • I added 3-4 graham crackers to blender.
  • I added a good heaping scoop of peanut butter.
  • Add ice to blender.
  • Blend until smooth.

Calorie Count:

  • Ensure: 350
  • Graham crackers: 90
  • Peanut butter: 90
  • Total: 530 cal.
  • Add a generous amount of ice cream to blender. Remember, ice cream is mostly air, so five scoops of ice cream won't amount to much liquid. Live it up! Enjoy your hefty loaded milkshakes while you can.
  • Add 1/2 cup to 1 cup milk to blender.
  • Add some whipped cream!
  • Blend.

Calorie Count:

  • 1/2 cup ice cream: 250
  • Milk: 50
  • Whipped cream: 50
  • Total: 350 cal.
Or, you can make your own chocolate milk. Bosco is my favorite chocolate syrup to use when mixing into plain ol' milk.

Or, you can make your own chocolate milk. Bosco is my favorite chocolate syrup to use when mixing into plain ol' milk.

  • Add 8 oz chocolate milk to the blender.
  • Add chocolate pudding to blender.
  • Add half a donut to blender.
  • Blend.

Calorie Count:

  • Chocolate milk: 100
  • Pudding: 60
  • 1/2 donut: 70
  • Total: 230 cal.

Be Honest

A Quick Look at the Foods With Highest Calories

Food Number of Calories

Waffles

500

Carnation Instant Breakfast

447

Broccoli and Cheddar Soup

250

Pork Stir Fry

260

Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

280

Mac n' Cheese

360

Hamburgers

240

Tacos

360

Fettucchini Alfredo

750

Graham Cracker Frosty

530

Milkshake

350

Chocolate Milk Drink

230

So, if you or someone you know, has, is, or will be undergoing a surgery requiring them to implement a liquid diet, or if you have other reasons to pursue a liquid diet, have no fear.

It is really not all that bad, and there are tons of meals you can create just by looking in your fridge or cabinets. Be creative, and make small portions because not everything you create is going to taste super!

It can be frustrating, especially when you make an unpleasant meal for yourself, when all you want is a big juicy cheeseburger. On days like that, relax, have an Ensure, and try again tomorrow. Best of luck!

Although I didn't use the syringe much, this guy's video was quite helpful for me.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2012 emilybee

Comments

Michelle H on May 31, 2019:

Hi! My 15 year old daughter had jaw surgery one week ago and I found your post. It's so helpful, especially now that we're trying to get calories in her!

In the waffles recipe above, you mention that you made the waffles. Is there any chance you could share the recipe? The thought of getting 500 calories in her for breakfast sounds great to both of us!

Thank you so much for your help!

emilybee (author) on May 27, 2019:

Hi Karen! Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you find these ideas useful! Best of luck to your husband during his recovery.

Karen W on May 25, 2019:

Thank you for sharing your ideas. My husband had surgery on his lip yesterday and we had do idea he was going to be in the shape that he is in. Clear liquids for the first few days, and your ideas are brilliant! I'm sure we can do better than home made chicken broth with garlic powder and salt!

emilybee (author) on March 08, 2019:

Hi Dawn! I know how hard it is.... at the beginning especially. I never dreamed people would find this article, I made it just to document my surgery kind of as a journal. But I'm so glad that it is helping people after their own surgeries. Best of luck to you during this time!

Dawn E on March 07, 2019:

I've been placed on a full liquid diet following a stomach surgery, I stumbled across your page looking for smootie recipes. I am intrigued with your blended meal recipes. Definitely going to try some. I've been worried how I am going to be able to get all the proteins and nutrients I need to function. I'm hoping to have found the answer. Thanks you for taking the time to create this page, and for helping find hopefully yummy foods for a not so amazing diet!

emilybee (author) on March 07, 2019:

Hi Jim. I'm so glad that this article helped you have some ideas. I know how tough it is but I think flavor is the key ingredient. Much easier to drink and get your nutrition when it's something tasty. Best of luck to you and thank you for stopping by and commenting!

Jim K on March 02, 2019:

Im a recovered throat cancer patient. Still eati g blended meals due to hard to swallow. Haven eaten for 1 1/2 yrs. Your soups is what i have lived on and blended vegs.raw. lots of carrot juice. Lots of shakes

But you burger and pizza gave me ideas! Tks.

emilybee (author) on June 13, 2018:

Hi Deanna- Wow, that brisket sounds good! Thank you for sharing my article with others. I am glad it has been a help!

Deanna Friel on June 13, 2018:

Thanks again for sharing, we've tried brisket with BBQ sauce & a little broth and chicken with broth, he liked both. I also shared your website with the mother of another patient at his surgeons office, she said she made pancakes the way you did the waffles & her daughter said they were really good. Thank you for sharing your blog. If you interested to know more information please visit http://onedaytop.com/mangoes-can-ensure-heart-and-...

emilybee (author) on May 28, 2018:

Well, try any you feel comfortable with. I'm sure there is something on here you may be okay with. Good luck! They really were not that bad :)

Amy on May 28, 2018:

I am so nervous to try these! And I don’t know why.

emilybee (author) on January 20, 2018:

Hi Rachel! I'm glad you found this helpful. Best of luck to your husband during his recovery!

Rachel on January 20, 2018:

Thank you so much! My husband just had jaw surgery and im trying to find more things for him to eat besides broth and ensure shakes!

emilybee (author) on December 22, 2017:

Hi Ann! Thanks for the nice comment. Best of luck to you! I could only take so much Ensure and Boost until I needed to try some other foods. I hope you try these and enjoy a couple of them! Thanks for stopping by !

emilybee (author) on December 22, 2017:

Hi Emily! Best of luck to your grandmother. I hope she tries some of these recipes! When I was hungry after surgery I really tried everything on here. Good luck!

Ann W. on December 21, 2017:

My jaw surgery is in two weeks - so grateful you put this together! I've started practicing with my new vitamix and this will be so helpful. Thanks for helping me feel less overwhelmed and more hopeful!

Emily on December 20, 2017:

Thank you!! My grandmother suffered a stroke which affected her throat. It also affected the muscles used to chew. She is very stubborn and did not want to be tube fed so here I am looking for food to blend. I can't wait to try them.

emilybee (author) on October 19, 2017:

Hi Donna! Thanks for the nice comment. Glad to help. Hope your recovery isn't too bad!

Donna on October 19, 2017:

Thank you so much for your post, I had a surgery where I to have be on liquids for 6 to 8 weeks and Im already tired of everything I can buy ay the store. Thanks again!

emilybee (author) on September 09, 2017:

Glad to have helped! :D

Joanne on September 09, 2017:

I want to say thank you. You have saved my sanity

emilybee (author) on August 25, 2017:

Hello! Thanks for stopping by to visit by hub. Best of luck to you in your recovery. I'm glad you found my recipes helpful!

Manal on August 25, 2017:

Hi...I totally feel you and had my jaw surgery a month ago and all could I have is liquid food ..with ur help now I can some delicious food rather than the plain boring things ..well I must go on like this for another 2 months

emilybee (author) on May 31, 2017:

I had a 10mm overbite. I literally was unable to close my mouth fully and it also caused some jaw pain. I elected for the surgery as it was the only option to fully correct the problem-( I had braces twice and the bite issue wasn't addressed) . I didn't have a liquid diet for too long - it was frustrating for sure though. Especially the first few days home but you'll feel hungry so really try blending up some stuff if you can! Add lots of flavors and it won't be too bad. You'll lose weight so don't worry about calories - if you have to just blend up some tasty high calorie desserts! I hope you are recovering and feeling better soon.

Jessepcurran on May 24, 2017:

I just recently got my jaw wired shut due to a fracture. Everything I consume is through a straw for at least the next few weeks. What happened to you that you had to eat a liquid diet for so long? And how difficult would blending/trying to eat those whole dinner meals be? In just a little over a week I'm very sick of just shakes, juices, and soups...

emilybee (author) on March 22, 2017:

Emily-Yes that is fine! Thanks!

emilybee (author) on February 26, 2017:

Hello! Thanks for stopping by! definitely try these recipes and don't be afraid to experiment too. Hope he heals quickly!!

JH/DH on February 26, 2017:

My son had his mouth wired shut to allow a jaw fracture to heal. He is drinking mostly Ensure, milkshakes, yogurt smoothies, and fortified juices. He keeps asking for waffles or pancakes. I was so happy to find this information. Thank you, we will try them all!!

emilybee (author) on February 19, 2017:

Hi Maria! I hope it goes quickly for you - but yes, enjoy your waffles and pizza! It really helped me to try blending many difrenrt foods so I wouldn't get bored . Good luck !

Maria on February 18, 2017:

How wonderful of you to share your experience. I just had an esophageal procedure and have to be on a liquid diet for two weeks and then small cutups for two more weeks after that! Not as lengthy as you but thank you for the recipes. I was a cook in the Army and I make my own waffles from scratch! I'm tickled pink that later I will be able to eat that and my homemade pizza as well in blended form! Yay!!

emilybee (author) on October 30, 2016:

Hi! I'm sorry he had a rough start but glad you figured out some ways to get him some nutrition! It's true, most everything can blend up - some won't taste the best, but trial and error works great and desserts will be tasty for sure :-) I lost about 10 pounds after surgery but did get most of it back. Sorry I didn't see this sooner- hope he is healing well!!!!!

emilybee (author) on October 30, 2016:

Yes I made them all! Enjoy :)

Snorkler8 on September 21, 2016:

My son just had upper and lower jaw done 6 days ago. We had a really rough start as they had to go back in because the lower right screws popped out completely the day after surgery. He's doing much better now that he is stable again.

I used to work as an oral surgery assistant back when they wired you shut for 8 weeks. I remember my boss telling his pts to put EVERYTHING in the blender. So we have been doing that with some success. My son is on the thin side so I bought a half gallon carton of half and half. ( Costco has it)It goes into all his milk shakes to get some calories. His favorite so far is a can of raviolis, he liked the home made split pea soup also. You have to have a good blender but you can get most every food smooth enough. Thanks for all the suggestions here! Waffles are on the list to try!

emilybee (author) on July 22, 2016:

Hi! Yum! Both of those sound delicious! It's interesting how many people find my article when going through surgery themselves. Glad I could help by sharing some ideas!

Chiliqueen on July 21, 2016:

Thanks again for sharing, we've tried brisket with BBQ sauce & a little broth and chicken with broth, he liked both. I also shared your website with the mother of another patient at his surgeons office, she said she made pancakes the way you did the waffles & her daughter said they were really good.

emilybee (author) on July 12, 2016:

Hi! I had the surgery in 2011, it's hard to remember but it wasn't too long. Maybe a month. First few days were awful but it gradually gets better. Best of luck to him!

Chiliqueen on July 12, 2016:

What a great article. My son had jaw surgery last Friday & I was searching for ideas on things to give him, this will be a big help. I am curious how long you were on a liquid diet. Thanks again for sharing your experience.

emilybee (author) on July 10, 2016:

Hi Amelia - Yes, I really do. I'm not one to go hungry. I know it was so difficult at first, smelling awesome food cooking that my family was eating, but I just couldn't do without! Yeah it's not quite the same thing...but somehow it helps! Make sure it is tasty and you'll be fine. At first I wasn't adventurous and just did blended desserts - but seriously the waffles were good blended up! It's been awhile since I went through this list but I did have every thing on here!!! Good luck !

Amelia on July 03, 2016:

Oh. My. God. Fantastic article. So glad I stumbled upon this--I just got upper and lower jaw reconstructive surgery last Tuesday, and for the most part it's been absolutely awful. You really do recommend blending regular food options? You found them tasty? Again, thanks for the article! Cheers to my fellow jaw surgery victims!

Teresa Morgan on May 04, 2016:

Thanks for sharing.

emilybee (author) on July 30, 2015:

Laura - I would suggest you make something flavorful :) I remember being so hungry and smelling delicious food, but as long as whatever I was drinking for dinner was tasty I could handle it. Don't worry too much about high calories, for me at least, I had lost a good amount of weight and needed the calories post-op.. (2500 cals/day I was recommended to consume), soup is always good too, blend it up if it's too thick and dilute it. Whatever his favorite meals are try to blend it - add juice or tomato sauce or another liquid but remember you'll need a lot of liquid to purify it. Desserts are always fun blended anyways. Good luck! :)

Laura Whitlock on July 30, 2015:

dA friend is having jaw surgery as I write and I want to put together a post surgery basket but can't really find any good ideas. After reading this blog about your liquid diet experiences after surgery, I thought you might have some suggestions. Since he will be on a liquid diets for awhile not sure what to take him. I plan to try some of you suggestions when he is able to come for dinner. Thank you.

emilybee (author) on February 27, 2015:

Hi missbettymorgan! Im so glad to hear your husband enjoyed the waffle shake! And adding bacon! Yum!!!!! Glad these recipes are getting used and people are still visiting this article after all this time ! Thanks and hope your husbands recovery is quick and painless!

Missbettymorgan on February 27, 2015:

Emilybee-My husband just went through another round of dental implant surgery today and is back on a liquid diet again for a few days. He just asked me if I would make him a blender waffle shake for dinner from the recipe we got from your list above. He had one of these for breakfast every morning for 3 weeks last fall and really got to like them! My twist was to zap 2 slices of bacon in the microwave, slice them up w/scissors and add them to the other ingredients before blending. Thank you so much for your very helpful and surprisingly tasty suggestions!

emilybee (author) on September 16, 2014:

anoan - Enjoy! Let me know how they work out for you and if you can be a bit adventurous go for it. I know you'll feel a lot healthier and won't be missing out as much on delicious foods :)

anoan on September 16, 2014:

You're my hero. I've been on a liquid diet for almost 2 months from debilitating jaw pain and am so tired of it I'm basically eating (drinking) milkshakes and boost. Thanks for some awesome suggestions!

emilybee (author) on August 11, 2014:

Hi Emily B! My advice to you is don't be shy about trying new things. The more adventurous you are about adding new ingredients to the blender the better you'll feel and be more nourished ! Thanks for stopping by!

Emily B. on August 11, 2014:

Thank you for these recipes! I had jaw surgery about 3.5 weeks ago and was getting really sick of drinking the same things every day. I'm slowly trying all of the recipes and so far so good!

emilybee (author) on July 22, 2014:

Mike, I understand your hesitation, but the hungrier you get the more adventurous you probably will get. Don't be afraid to try things and yes, tomato juice or apple juice are great liquids to mix in with appropriate foods. I was so hungry - and smelling my family eating Chinese food and pizza was not happening for me. So I blended it up :-) Good luck!

Mike on July 21, 2014:

Going through jaw surgery now. About a week post op. Definitely trying these tomorrow. I was iffy about trying full foods blended but never thought of blending tomato soup in with them. Will try!!

Camilla Stone from Oceanside, California on August 27, 2013:

You're a brave woman blending some of the things you did. I couldn't stomach it - I'm 15 weeks post op with surgery. I ended up creating a list of foods that wasn't too different from their original consistency. I hope it can help someone! http://jawsurgerycamilla.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/...

emilybee (author) on March 19, 2013:

Hi Laura! I was thin to begin with and lost 10 pounds after- and probably only gained back about 7 of those. Not bad though. It's hard getting the necessary nutrients when on liquid diet. Pizza and coke sounds interesting ;) Pizza and tomato sauce really was not bad at all, you could try it if you're trying some recipes out, and the blended waffles were delicious. I thought so at least....my family, well, not so much, (I had them sample all my creations ;)) Honey/ ice cream in these recipes helps for dessert drinks, tomato sauce or apple juice are good for meal drinks. Thanks for the comment, votes and for reading :)

Laura Schneider from Minnesota, USA on March 19, 2013:

First, ChrisMdDade8 I hope your surgery came out great and you're doing well!

Emilybee, you are amazing! I had a friend who had jaw surgery and was on a liquid diet. He was thin to begin with; skeletal after he could finally eat. He was doing okay on the liquid diet, but pizza was his downfall... After so many Carnation Instant Breakfasts, he couldn't take it any more and pureed a piece of pizza and a can of coke. He said it looked like cardboard (the crust) floating on top of muck of some sort, and it tasted terrible (he was desperate enough to try it anyway!). Wish he'd had your recipes. I'm not having surgery or anything, but I'm curious so I'm going to bring out the blender and try some of your ideas, especially blended waffles. How great that you've published these here for us to "enjoy" (or hate) whether we need a liquid diet or not. I noticed a theme... honey (one of my favs) and donuts (with sprinkles, another favorite of mine)... I'm sure many people on liquid diets right now are thanking you even if they don't write in comments. Cheers! Voted up and etc.

emilybee (author) on January 16, 2013:

Chris McDade- It sounds like you're prepared for your surgery. If all else fails remember just use your blender and make up some treats :) Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

Christine McDade from Southwest Florida on January 16, 2013:

Wow. I'm facing surgery next week that will have me eating soft foods for a while. I've purchased the usual soups, yogurt and jello. Your hub has provided some interesing alternatives. Great work!

emilybee (author) on March 28, 2012:

I know what you mean, Jamie, the first few days I drank small sips of Ensure and cranberry juice, that's it, for fear of vomiting and because I was so pissed I couldn't eat, and blended food wasn't going to happen, initially. But I got sooo hungry!!!! You must have lost SO much weight from only drinking chocolate milk!! I ate a lot of food, but because of the first few days not eating, in all I lost about 10 pounds, most of it I gained right back. Thanks for the vote up!

Jamie Brock from Texas on March 27, 2012:

Great hub, Emily! I just couldn't do the blended food.. I eventually just drank chocolate milk and stuck with that. It was the only thing that tasted normal to me. This is a great hub and very useful.. voting up!!

emilybee (author) on March 24, 2012:

Hi Doug! I bet you could do it, if you had to. Sometimes you just don't know what you are capable of, until the time comes, everything is arranged, and you have to do it. Thank you for commenting!!!

emilybee (author) on March 24, 2012:

Hi Prasetio! If you need liquid diet recipes, I promise these recipes I mentioned are very nourishing, and pretty tasty, too. I love strawberry smoothies. Great for whenever but I'm looking forward to having them in the upcoming summer months! Thanks for the comment!

Doug on March 23, 2012:

This is a fantastic hub, you went through a lot I don't think I would have been able to do it!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on March 23, 2012:

My friend, you have nice information about diets and I really enjoy your recipes. I can't wait to make it soon. My favorite is smoothies with strawberries. Rated up (useful, awesome, interesting). Have a nice weekend!

Prasetio

emilybee (author) on March 23, 2012:

Hi RTalloni! Thank you! I hope that it is helpful for people. I remember prior to surgery I was so glad to find a couple good milkshake ideas but besides that, I didn't really know what to expect to be eating a lot of. Thanks for commenting!

RTalloni on March 23, 2012:

Interesting to read about this! This hub on liquid recipes for weight loss or post surgery needs should be helpful to many people.

emilybee (author) on March 23, 2012:

Hi Kittythedreamer! I agree, weight loss with a liquid diet does not seem healthy, but I typed liquid diet into google and that was what came up! So I guess people do that sometimes? Maybe, maybe not. If you pureed a fast food burger I really doubt it would be tasty, but a real good burger with quality ingredients is excellent blended, and it looks just like tomato soup, but tastes so much better ;) Thank you for the great comment!

emilybee (author) on March 23, 2012:

Hi Victoria! Let's just say that liquid food isn't something I would have if I didn't need to, but it's really not bad. It just takes more time to eat - I had to have 4-5 small meals a day, so I felt like I spent the whole day eating. Plus, it can be discouraging when you REALLY want to bite into a big brownie or something, lol but one thing is true - it was genuinely tasty. Thank you for commenting so quickly!

Kitty Fields from Summerland on March 23, 2012:

I'm sure you would lose weight on many liquid diets, but it's probably not the most healthy way to lose weight. For post-surgery diet, it is necessary in many cases (such as yours). I have a hard time believing that pizza and cheeseburgers tasted good pureed; however, like Victoria said, if you say it did than I'll believe you! Great hub, though. Wonderfully informative. :)

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on March 23, 2012:

Oh, my! Amazing you blended all those things, even cheeseburgers! And amazing that they tasted good! I've worked in a nursing home, and pureed food kind of grosses me out, but if you say it's good, then I believe you! ha Very useful hub. Will come back for future reference if I need to! Awesome. Voted up! Sharing!

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