Soft Food Suggestions


  • Smooth yogurt, or yogurt without a lot of chunks. You could also take chunky yogurt and puree it in a blender to break down the chunks. Also, try the new yogurt in a tube, available at most grocery stores.

  • Various soft cheeses, such as brie, cottage cheese, and thinly sliced Swiss, cheddar, harvarti, etc.

  • Milk-based drinks

  • Custard

  • Pudding

Breads and Baked Goods

  • Any type of soft bread that does not have seeds, nuts, or pieces of whole grains. If you like whole-wheat bread, look for one that has a smooth texture. Tear off the crust if necessary.

  • Muffins without nuts or chunks

  • Corn bread, corn muffins

  • Soft cakes

  • Tortillas (corn and flour, microwaved or steamed until soft)

  • Pancakes

  • Saltine crackers and matzo are often soft enough to smoosh at the roof of your mouth with your tongue


  • Couscous

  • Quinoa

  • Pasta

  • Noodles

  • Soft-cooked rice, risotto

  • Bulgur

  • Kasha

  • Farro wheat (cooked very soft like risotto)

  • Polenta

  • Matzo balls

  • Grits

Meats and Poultry

  • Soft-cooked chicken

  • Bar-b-que type soft cooked meat

  • Meatloaf

  • Chicken salad

  • Thinly sliced lunch meats

  • Meatballs

  • Many meat recipes that you make in a crock pot or pressure cooker are very tender

  • Chicken nuggets cut into very small pieces

Meat Alternatives

  • Tofu can be made in many ways and is always easy to eat.


  • Soft-cooked fish

  • Fish croquettes (salmon, tuna)

  • Fish loaf (tuna, salmon)

  • Tuna, salmon, or whitefish salad

  • Frozen flavored fish filets

  • Crab cakes

  • Fish sticks (non-crunchy, cut into small pieces)


  • Look in your local grocery store for soups that either don't contain chunks, or have very mushy ingredients.


  • Soft-cooked carrots, squash

  • Mashed potatoes

  • Potato pancakes

  • Smooshed potato salad

  • Cole slaw

  • Spinach or corn soufflé (Stouffer's makes a frozen one)

  • Fresh spinach, chard, kale, or other greens, cooked very soft or steamed and cut up. 

  • Avocados, guacamole

  • Salsa (non-chunky)

  • Beans (mashed it necessary)

  • Hummus, various Middle Eastern dips


  • Mashed bananas

  • Applesauce

  • Baked apples

  • Fruit juice, juice smoothies (protein powder can be added)

  • Other ripe fruits that get mushy


  • Ice cream without nuts or chunks, frozen yogurt, sorbet, sherbet, granita 

  • Milkshakes, smoothies

  • Most cold drinks make your teeth feel better - iced tea, iced coffee, etc. But be careful not to inadvertently drink too much caffeine!

  • Soft cakes

  • Cheesecake that has been microwaved for 30 seconds to one minute (it gets a bit mushy and easier to eat)

  • Cream pies

  • Jell-O (gelatin)

  • Custard or flan

  • Pudding

Shakes and Bars

  • Protein shakes, Slim Fast, etc.

  • Zone Perfect Bars (when you can chew a little bit. These are the least chewy protein bars I've found so far, with a texture like Rice Krispy Treats).

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