Post-Bariatric Surgery Recipes Made Easy with the Essential Puree Guidebook

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Sometimes bariatric surgery, or gastric bypass, saves a person from the health complications caused by morbid obesity. Success depends on the post-op period when a person must learn new eating habits. The post-op period is a time for a clean diet and a new start. Post-Surgery Diet Recipes Though widely successful, those who are in the post-surgery recovery period for gastric bypass or bariatric surgery can struggle to maintain proper eating habits due to the more restrictive diet, including the need for liquid or pureed foods. Many find this to … Read More

Herbed Brisket with Chickpea Risotto

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A New Year Menu from the Essential Puree Jewish Kitchen My favorite cook for clean eating recipes from the Jewish kitchen is Tori Avey. Tori has created a delicious risotto for the Rosh Hashanah meal. I adapt it for the dysphagia kitchen in the following manner. Tori makes her risotto on the stovetop and her brisket in the oven. Both of these are long cooking methods. For the dysphagia kitchen, I suggest shortening the cooking time with an electric pressure cooker. The flavor and the texture are perfect for puree.  … Read More

Five Ways to Help a Caregiver 

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Dysphagia Care at Home and In a Healthcare Facility Let me speak of the unsung heroes of our world, those who take care of the elderly and others of all ages with challenging health conditions of all types. We here at Essential Puree like to think of ourselves as having a caregiver perspective. I speak from personal experience. I am an author and a journalist. I am an Asia specialist, and I have traveled all over the world in search of great stories. Through a chain of circumstance, I left the life … Read More

The No-No List

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Essential Puree Recipes for the Dysphagia Kitchen with No Additives and Preservatives Essential Puree has a philosophy – Clean Eating. Our recipes, featured in both the From Scratch and Quickies for Caregivers series, recommend clean ingredients. We have a saying here at EP, “The least-processed food is the best.” Know where your food comes from, coax out the flavors, and treat food with respect. “Food is precious.” That last bit is a quote from the great chef Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse in Berkeley. Essential Puree believes that the nutritional … Read More

The National Dysphagia Diet: Guidelines for Purée

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The National Dysphagia Diet is the standard for dietary treatment of swallowing difficulties. Patients have their level of puree determined by healthcare providers. When using the Essential Purée Guidebook, please consult your healthcare provider (this includes the physician, speech pathologist and dietitian). The language and Lingo of Modified Foods and Beverages In 2002, the American Dietetic Association (now called the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) set the standards for the “National Dysphagia Diet: Standardization for Optimal Care”. As of the summer of 2015, the International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative is working … Read More

How To Balance a Pureed Meal

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The blue graphic to the left gives you an idea of how to balance a meal. Fruits, Veggies, Grains, Proteins and Dairy. If you notice, the veggie portion of the plate is bigger than all the others. The fruit portion is a little smaller. Grains are a bigger proportion of the late than proteins. This system replaced the Food Pyramid about four years ago. It is easy and it is handy. Know thy proportions. If you don’t serve all the food groups at one meal, you can add them in snacks … Read More

How to Calculate Nutritionals for your Own Pureed Recipes

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Know Thy Ingredients is a motto of Essential Puree. There is a terrific tool on the U. S. Department of Agriculture website that allows the cook to calculate the nutritionals for home recipes. As nutrition and hydration are key components for the dysphagia patient, this is an excellent resource. Go to the Supertracker website and enter your recipe, ingredients and amounts. You enter the ingredients one by one, and the Supertracker calculates the nutritionals for you. (To get to the site, use the button below and once on the page, … Read More

Whose Purée Is it?

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There are approximately forty medical reasons for the condition of dysphagia (or swallowing difficulties) that call for the patient to begin eating a regimen of pureed food. I have detailed the conditions in Essential Puree. The CDC says that one million people a year are diagnosed with the condition. By the year 2030, with the aging of the Baby Boom generation, there will be 12 million people in this country with swallowing difficulties. That is a lot of people. There are many medical specialists who treat these patients. Some diagnoses … Read More