It’s that time of the year, and there are gatherings from Thanksgiving through the New Year! Typically, parties in the United States center around food and drink (even though some of us think they should center around music and dancing). Finally getting together in-person with family and friends is wonderful, but – let’s face it – it may be stressful at times. If you, your loved ones, or friends have difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), these gatherings can be extra challenging.
Last year, SwallowStudy.com and Hormel Health Labs teamed up to provide help and support for those who struggle with dysphagia. Click here for our article: Tips for Managing Dysphagia at Home During the Holidays. Not everyone with dysphagia will require a texture modification in what they eat and drink; therefore, those tips covered a wide variety of topics to make for a successful gathering. For those who benefit from pureed/blended foods or foods that are soft, moist, and easy to chew, I have compiled this list of recipes for people with dysphagia, along with cooking tips:
In these blogs, I advised: don’t forget the flavor when modifying textures, and don’t ignore our desires to snack all day long!
Other helpful blogs:
- Learn more tips if you are a survivor of head/neck cancer, including how to make foods slippery and how to make a high-calorie smoothie: https://swallowstudy.com/tips-survivors-head-neck-cancer/
- Learn more on how to make and test the ideal puree: https://swallowstudy.com/why-puree/
International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) Recipe Ideas:
IDDSI’s Special Features:
- The sticky and not so sticky issues with hot cereals, per our Asian IDDSI Reference Groups: https://iddsi.org/News/Special-Features/Rice-Porridge
- Lots of tips on puree: https://iddsi.org/News/Special-Features/Focus-on-Puree
From the country-specific charts on IDDSI.org: United Kingdom
1. Tips from the UK’s IDDSI Festival 2022. I especially recommend the chart of foods at the end of this linked document that can be a high choking risks: