Soft Food Diet Meal Ideas
If you have to feed anyone in braces then you know how bland and boring a “soft food diet” can feel to them. They want crunch, they want chewy, but most of all what they want, is to eat like they ate before braces came along.  And as their parent our job is to provide them with healthy(ish) choices to get them through the painful parts of braces, especially after kids first get braces or after an adjustment. This list won’t get you through all the painful parts of raising a teenager but it may help you get through the braces years.

Breakfast Ideas:

Scrambled Eggs
Plain Yogurt with Jam or Jelly
French Toast
Cereal soaked in milk
Milk Toast
Fried Polenta
Soft Boiled Eggs
Poached Eggs with very lightly toasted bread
Soups leftover homemade or I really like Pacific Foods Soups
Refried Beans
Baked Beans
PB&Js (on soft bread cut in small pieces)
Pasta plain or with sauce
Cottage Cheese
Potato Salad
Pasta Salad
Stewed Fruit
Soft Dried Fruit like plums or raisins-make sure they’re very soft
Egg Salad
Macaroni and Cheese
Chicken and Rice–long cooked, super soft
Pasta plain or with sauce
Baked Salmon
Soups–homemade or I really like Pacific Foods Soups
Sloppy Joes (use forks and knives)
Chicken and Dumplings
Pasta Salad
Potato Salad
Milk Toast
Cheese and Broccoli Soup
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Baked Squash
Snacks and Sides:
Plain Yogurt with Jam or Jelly
Apple Sauce
Cottage Cheese
String Cheese
Soft Cheese (like the wedges or circles)
Canned Fruit
Rice with soy or salt and pepper
Spanish Rice
And of course mix these up as needed or desired. I only tried to separate 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 am I missing?