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Top 10 TMJ Friendly Items to Have in Your Pantry or Freezer

Do you ever find yourself stumped in the grocery store, wondering what type of foods to buy that you can (and will) actually eat when your jaw is hurting?
Here is a list of our favorite stand by foods… things you could always have in the pantry if you have TMJ disorder. This could also be a place to start when preparing for a surgery. We always find that it is SO much easier to do all of your shopping before the surgery rather than trying to figure out what you need after, and then sending someone else to go get it.Shopping for TMJ Friendly Foods

  1. Protein powder – Preferably from a health food store (grocery stores don’t usually offer a big selection). We find that many patients are really picky when it comes to what types of protein powder they like. See if you can sample them before committing to a big jar.
  2. Instant gravy packets or pre-made gravy in a jar. Chicken, beef, or veggie broth also works to make food softer.
  3. Cheddar cheese sauce (Ragu makes one) – this is a good way to replace grated or melted cheeses in a recipe you are trying to convert to liquid.
  4. Ice cream – vanilla is the most flexible. You could also try frozen yogurt, sorbet, and ‘alternative’ ice creams made from soy or coconut milk.
  5. Canned fruit nectar – Kerns is a good brand. My favorite is Strawberry Banana.
  6. Canned, frozen or fresh fruit for making smoothies or juices.
  7. Instant mashed potatoes – okay, okay! I know I always say “no more mashed potatoes,” but sometimes you just have to do it! 🙂
  8. Pre-made smoothie mixes – Yoplait makes one, and V8 just came out with a bottled smoothie type juice. I also love Odwalla Superfood and Naked juices.
  9. Canned soups.
  10. Carnation Malted Milk – some people love it, some people hate it… but for me, there is NOTHING better than a vanilla malt. When I’m feeling kind of down because of pain, or when nothing sounds good to eat, I make a vanilla malt. Yum! 🙂

What foods do you have stocked in your pantry? What is your go-to food when your jaw is hurting? Let us know and we’ll include your favs in our updated list!

4 thoughts on “Top 10 TMJ Friendly Items to Have in Your Pantry or Freezer”

  1. ProBlend 55 is the best protein powder I have found, and I have tried a lot of them. It’s a lactose free, low fat protein blend that can be added to water, milk, juice, yogurt or shakes. Combining of 6 of the high biological value proteins, ProBlend delivers a wopping 55 grams of available fuel per serving and can also be added to baked goods, soups, sauces, etc…
    It’s worth a try…

    1. Hi Angela…Malted Milk can sometimes be difficult to find. It comes in regular flavor and sometimes you can find it in chocolate… But it isn’t the same as instant breakfast. Malt comes in a white and red plastic container. I always ask an employee at the store where it is, because different stores stock it in different areas. Hope this helps!

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