Blender Meals: Post-operative Nutrition Recipes

Welcome to our site for Blender Meals, brought to you by Dr. John Largey and Oral & Facial Surgery of Maine! We are adding information on a regular basis, so we hope that you will check back often. This site will provide our patient’s with a place to find fun, easy and nutritional post-op meals. We will have a Meal of the Month, maybe even two! Sections will be available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We will also present some special recipes developed specifically for the holidays. And, because this is really geared to our post-operative patient, we will do some tips on things to remember for healthy healing and we will have some links back to information you will find helpful–post-op instructions, things like that.

Nutrition and hydration are keys to quick healing after oral surgery. We want you to heal as quick as possible, and we want you to have access to healthy nutritional information. Remember, water is the best source of hydration, so make sure to drink plenty of water during your recovery. Send us a comment, ask a question, that is what we are here for!

Pineapple Banana Smoothie with Ginger

  • 1 cup pineapple, fresh, chopped
  • 1 medium banana, fresh, ripe
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 cup rice milk, almond milk, coconut milk, plain
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger (sliced into blender)

Instructions: blend everything in the blender until smooth and enjoy!

Some of the health benefits of the ingredients in this smoothie:

pineapple smoothiePineapple is high in manganese, a mineral that is critical to development of strong bones and connective tissue. A cup of fresh pineapple gives 75% of the recommended daily amount. Bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme, is the key to pineapple’s value. Proteolytic means “breaks down protein” this is why pineapple is known to be a digestive aid. It helps the body digest proteins more efficiently. And, Bromelain is considered to be an effective anti-inflammatory. In Germany, bromelain is approved as a post-injury medication because it is thought to reduce inflammation and swelling.

Bananas are rich in minerals such as potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and calcium. Bananas also contain vitamin, namely C, B complex, B6, and active as neurotransmitter serotonin in the smooth functioning of the brain.

Ginger is well known as a remedy for travel sickness, nausea and indigestion. It is a warming remedy, ideal for boosting the circulation and lowering high blood pressure. Ginger root is a medicinal herb used primarily for the treatment of Dyspepsia (discomfort after eating), this includes the symptoms of bloating, heartburn, flatulence, and nausea.

 

Links that we think you will find helpful:

drlargey.com

The Nutrition Source from Harvard

Nutrition from AAOMS (American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons)

American Nutrition Association Newsletter

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