Soft Food Diet Ideas

If you have to feed anyone a soft food diet then you know how bland and boring a “soft food diet” can feel to them. Whether your loved one is new to braces, has had an adjustment, had oral surgery or just regular surgery then they’ve probably been told to eat a soft food diet. BUT they want crunch, they want chewy, but most of all what they want, is to eat like they ate before braces or surgery came along. And as their parent, or loved one, our job is to provide them with healthy(ish) choices to get them through the painful parts of whatever has restricted them to a soft food diet, especially after kids first get braces or after an adjustment. This list of Soft Food Diet ideas will definitely help you through those first few days after getting the news someone you love, even yourself, needs a soft food diet.
Soft Food Diet Meal Ideas for Anyone Wearing Braces

To be clear this post is not going to give you ideas for a clear liquid diet, that is something else entirely! This is more for soft food meal ideas like mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, milk toast and the like. It’s arranged in a meal list soft breakfast, soft lunch, soft dinner, and soft snacks, but mix it up because when you’re on a soft food diet you need all the fun you can get.

And one more point this list soft meal ideas isn’t full of recipes. Just make the foods you normally make, no special soft recipes needed!

Soft Food Breakfast Ideas:

  1. Scrambled Eggs
  2. Plain Yogurt with Jam or Jelly
  3. French Toast
  4. Pancakes
  5. Cereal soaked in milk
  6. Milk Toast
  7. Fried Polenta
  8. Soft Boiled Eggs
  9. Poached Eggs with very lightly toasted bread
  10. oatmeal, cream of wheat, cream of rice

Soft Food Lunch Ideas:

  1. Soups leftover homemade or I really like Pacific Foods Soups
  2. Quesadillas
  3. Refried Beans
  4. Baked Beans
  5. PB&Js (on soft bread cut in small pieces)
  6. Pasta plain or with sauce
  7. Cottage Cheese
  8. Potato Salad
  9. Pasta Salad
  10. Stewed Fruit
  11. Soft Dried Fruit like plums or raisins-make sure they’re very soft
  12. Egg Salad
Soft Food Dinner Ideas:
  1. Macaroni and Cheese
  2. Chicken and Rice–long cooked, super soft
  3. Pasta plain or with sauce
  4. Baked Salmon
  5. Soups–homemade or I really like Pacific Foods Soups
  6. Sloppy Joes (use forks and knives)
  7. Meatloaf
  8. Soft Cooked Quesadillas
  9. Chicken and Dumplings
  10. Pasta Salad
  11. Potato Salad
  12. Milk Toast
  13. Cheese and Broccoli Soup
  14. Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
  15. Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  16. Baked Squash
  17. hamburger gravy over baked potatoes
Soft Food Snacks and Sides Ideas:
  1. Plain Yogurt with Jam or Jelly
  2. Gogurts
  3. Smoothies
  4. Apple Sauce
  5. Bananas
  6. Cottage Cheese
  7. Pudding
  8. Custards
  9. String Cheese
  10. cream cheese on soft bread
  11. Soft Cheese (like the wedges or circles)
  12. Canned Fruit
  13. Rice with soy or salt and pepper
  14. Spanish Rice
  15. stewed fruit
Soft Food Your Way
And of course, mix up these the soft meal diet ideas as needed or desired. I only tried to separate them into categories to make finding ideas easier. You’ll find a couple of the ideas in several places because sometimes leftovers make the best lunches and snacks. I know this list isn’t complete, what is missing from this list of Soft Food Diet Meal Ideas for Anyone Wearing Braces? Leave me a comment I am constantly trying to improve this post!