Fill your plate confidently this Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is a beautiful season of reflection and gratitude. It’s also a time to dig in and enjoy some scrumptious eats!
If you have dentures, you may wonder if there are certain foods you should choose or avoid when perusing the Thanksgiving spread. Knowing how to navigate the various sides, main courses, and desserts is the key to savoring your meal in comfort.
Today we’re covering a few simple tips to help you enjoy the festivities! We’ve also included a few of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes that are dentist-approved and denture-friendly!
10 Thanksgiving Foods To Eat With Dentures
Wondering how to choose food that’s comfortable to eat with your dentures? As you browse the selection, the most important thing is to look for foods that will not crack or dislodge your dentures.
If possible, stick with soft, non-sticky food that won’t tug at your dentures. Thankfully there are plenty of dishes that you can enjoy in confidence! A few of our top picks include:
- Mashed potatoes
- Soft meats
- Roasted veggies
- Pumpkin pie, pudding, and ice cream
If you aren’t sure about the ingredients in a particular entree, then feel free to approach the person who prepared it. It’s better to find out about potentially troublesome additions ahead of time so you can relish each bite stress-free.
6 Thanksgiving Foods To Avoid
Whether you’ve had your dentures for years or just got them, you know there are certain foods that are simply best to avoid. This list mostly includes items that are sticky or hard as those could pull at your dentures or break them.
As you fill your plate, steer clear of some of these common holiday snacks and sweets:
- Candied nuts
- Any food with nuts
- Hard candy
- Tough meats
Remember that sometimes these ingredients can sneak into a dish! For instance, hard, chopped nuts could be in anything from baked brie to German chocolate pie. If you are unsure about any food, ask questions to make sure you don’t bite into anything you don’t mean to.
5 Denture-Safe Thanksgiving Recipes To Try
Love cooking and want to contribute to the Thanksgiving meal this year? We’ve got you covered!
These five recipes don’t just taste great. They’re also safe to eat with your dentures! So grab the ingredients, whip them up, and dig in!
Vegetarian Potato Soup
Root vegetables absolutely shine during the autumn season, and potatoes are some of the easiest to prepare. Make Vegetarian Baked Potato Soup in your slow cooker and fill your whole house with a hearty, comforting aroma!
Instead of bacon, this soup is loaded with lots of cooked, blended veggies that are easy on your dentures. Cooked for seven to eight hours on low (or four to five hours on high), it’s the perfect dish for your next holiday get-together. It also includes tooth-friendly ingredients like Greek yogurt and cheddar cheese!
Decadent Baked Beans
Recipes for baked beans are a dime a dozen, but arguably none is better than this one, aptly titled The Best Baked Beans Ever. To make this side even safer, you can omit the bacon on top. With ingredients like barbecue sauce, brown sugar, and Dijon mustard, we promise you won’t miss it!
Creamy Baked Macaroni and Cheese
It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving dinner without a heaping bowl of macaroni and cheese at the center of the table! Soft pasta is easy on your dentures, so this is one holiday food you can freely enjoy.
If you want to make it yourself, then try this Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese recipe. Using a combination of sharp cheddar and Gruyere cheeses, it’s a standout dish that everyone can enjoy. If you want to avoid the baked top, you can skip the last step and serve the pasta warm as soon as all of the ingredients are combined.
You don’t have to avoid meat altogether if you have dentures. The key is making sure it’s cooked and soft so it won’t get stuck on or put too much strain on them. We love this Melt-in-Your-Mouth Chicken recipe, which delivers juicy, flavorful results every time.
This simple entrée would taste great paired alongside some steamed broccoli, peas, or carrots! Craving turkey instead? Check out the recipe for Always-Tender Roasted Turkey. You’ll never have to worry about tough, dry meat with this keeper.
Cinnamon Baked Apples with Coconut Ice Cream
Baked fruit is a great dessert for anyone, but it’s especially convenient if you’re wearing dentures. This is a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth without sacrificing flavor or texture.
These Easy Cinnamon Baked Apples are a definite crowd-pleaser. The savory notes of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg lend a seasonal flair to a classic comfort dessert, and the whole dish tastes even better with a scoop of coconut ice cream!
Enjoy a stress-free feast this Thanksgiving.
Dentures don’t have to stop you from enjoying everything that Thanksgiving has to offer. When it’s time to plan your menu and dig into your feast, the key is knowing what’s in the food in front of you.
With a little preparation, you can savor all of the sides, main dishes, and desserts that you want. You can even bring a few of your favorite Thanksgiving recipes to share!
At Duvall Dental Center we make you our priority. So if you’re looking for more advice on how to navigate everyday life with your new dentures or interested in learning about denture alternatives, including fixed, full-arch solutions, feel free to contact our office today.