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November 19, 2013

Vegan No-Chew Diet


It’s not always easy eating as a vegan. While I am not personally a vegan, I still believe that even with dietary restrictions, it is possible to have healthy and yummy food options. Even after going through surgery. Typically after you go through oral surgery like wisdom teeth extraction or jaw surgery, you have to take some time off for recovery. This also means participating in a no-chew diet for several weeks. You don’t want to go right into raw foods as this may interrupt the healing process. This means soft foods, soups, smoothies, and unlimited soy ice cream. I feel like a lot of the times people are daunted by this kind of diet, but I’m here to help you get through it.

Keep in mind that it is important to eat protein-rich, fiber-rich foods so that you can fight infection and quicken the healing process. Here are some vegan tips, suggestions, and recipes:

Vegan Dairy Options:

  • Vegan Yogurt (like soy yogurt)

  • Soy Cheese

  • Soy milk, almond milk, or rice milk

Vegan Protein-Rich Options:

  • Mashed green peas

  • Soft tofu

  • Slow cooked beans or lentils

  • Hemp seeds (you can add these to your smoothies)

Vegan Smoothies:


  • Strawberries, kiwi, and vanilla soy yogurt

  • Bananas, blueberries, and vanilla soy yogurt

  • Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and soy yogurt

  • The options here are pretty much endless, whatever fruit you enjoy, blend it right in. Just make sure you have a blender with good blades. 

No-Chew Vegan Recipe: Soft Pumpkin Cookies

This recipe was adopted from Tessa Domestic Diva. Who doesn’t love cookies? Here is a recipe for soft pumpkin cookies, just in time for the fall.

½ cup any mix of palm shortening or coconut oil

¾ cup palm sugar

½ cup of fresh pumpkin puree (opt for a pourable texture)

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp of baking soda, baking powder, sea salt, & guar gum EACH

½ cup of tapioca flour, sorghum flour, brown rice flour EACH

½ cup of chocolate chip cookies (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Beat the fat and sugar until it is creamy before adding in the pumpkin and vanilla. Next, sprinkle in the baking soda, baking powder, sea salt, and guar gum. Continue to mix and add in your tapioca flour, sorghum flour, and brown rice flour. Mix well and if you would like to add chocolate chips, now is the  time. On a cookie sheet, scoop and shape uniform cookies. They don’t spread much so you should probably flatten them a little. After baking them for 8 minutes, you can move them onto a cooling rack. If they look underbaked, that’s completely normal!

Who says you can’t enjoy autumn and food after getting oral surgery? Seasonal roasted vegetables can make a great creamy soup. Drink all of the hot chocolate and have all of the unlimited soy ice cream. With these tips and recipes, you’ll be on the fast track to a good recovery and enjoy yourself at the same time.



Thu Nguyen is writing on behalf of Austin Oral Maxillofacial Surgery. Thu enjoys vegan baking.

Image Credit: 1, 2, 3.

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