FOODS THAT ENCOURAGE CHEWING

 

Beginning stage

  1. Cubes of hard cheese such as cheddar, Monterey jack, American
  2. Cubes of white meat, chicken roll, turkey roll
  3. Partially cooked carrots, potatoes, green beans – cubed or cut in lengths for biting
  4. Grilled cheese sandwiches- cubes or strips
  5. French toast – cubes or strips
  6. Firm omelets – cubes or strips
  7. Waffles- cubes or strips
  8. Crunchy cereals – mix, cheerios
  9. Fresh bananas – cubed, canned fruits (pears, peaches)- cubed
  10. Tofu cubes – add falavoring

Second stage – As strength comes in

 

  1. Cubes of harder foods – bologna, turkey hotdogs, poached chicken
  2. Cold meatloaf cubed
  3. Firm, solid meatballs
  4. French fries – strips
  5. Chicken nuggets – cubes or strips
  6. Ravioli – cubed
  7. Ziti noodles cooked
  8. Toast – cubes or strips
  9. Pepperidge farms “Gold fish” crackers
  10. Fresh fruits – pears, peaches – cubes or strips
  11. Firmly cooked vegetables- cubes or strips
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