Re-Conquering Veggies: Four Denture-Friendly Vegetable Options That Actually Taste Good

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Have your new dentures left you feeling hungry? Does the thought of eating your veggies make you want to run and hide like a small child? While the thought of boiled broccoli and mushy green peas is enough to make a grown man or woman swear off of vegetables for the rest of his or her life, it does not have to be this way. Here are four denture-friendly foods to help you get your veggies without sacrificing the flavor or nutrients your body craves.

1. Hummus with Olive Tapenade

Hummus is a great option for people with dentures because it requires very little chewing, and it still provides lots of flavor and protein. You can make a simple hummus at home by combining a can of chickpeas (drained and rinsed) with a couple of tablespoons of water in your food processor. Add a tablespoon each of salt and garlic powder, and then drizzle in olive oil while the food processor is going, until the hummus is smooth and creamy. If you want to add an extra boost of flavor, as well as antioxidants and omega 3, add a tablespoon of olive tapenade on top before serving.

Roasted or Grilled Veggies

Another great option for keeping veggies in your diet is to grill or roast them. Using dry heat is a great way to cook veggies so that they are soft on the inside without turning them into mush or losing their nutrients into a pot of boiling water. Try roasting earthy vegetables such as carrots, turnips, or sweet potatoes by brushing them with olive oil, sprinkling them with some course salt, and baking them in a 400 degree oven until they are tender. Summer squashes, zucchini, and peppers can be sliced thin, marinated, and grilled until they are tender.  

Salsa and Guacamole

A beautiful smile is a reason to celebrate, and what better way to party than with a fiesta. Fortunately, many fiesta-worthy dips are perfect for munching with your dentures on. Salsa and guacamole are loaded with fresh vegetables, and can be a great option for getting your veggies. For a simple guacamole, mash two avocados with a fork, add a teaspoon of lemon or lime juice, a handful of chopped cilantro, a couple of cloves or garlic, a finely chopped onion, and salt, pepper, and cumin to taste. If you are looking for a way to add probiotics into your diet as well, you may even try making a fermented salsa.

Finely Chopped Summer Slaw

While salad may be a little tough for you to eat at first, a finely chopped slaw is a great way to enjoy the fresh flavors and crunch of many fresh fruits and veggies such as apples, carrots, cabbage, and celery. Don't be afraid to experiment with different types of slaw. Just make sure to avoid large pieces of nuts or particularly sticky fruit, such as raisins. A fresh apple slaw may be just what you need to beat your veggie boredom.

Having dentures does not mean you need to spend the rest of your life eating bland food. Don't be afraid to try new recipes or modify old ones. Talk to your denturist today about ways that you can add more nutritious foods back into your diet, so that you can enjoy your new smile, and be happy, too.

To learn more, contact a dental clinic like Bonnie Doon Denture Clinic

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