Easy to Eat Recipes for a TMJ Friendly Fourth of July

Soft Food Recipes for the Summer

Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar

16 ounces fresh strawberries, hulled and large berries cut in half
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper or to taste

Place strawberries in bowl. Drizzle vinegar over strawberries, and sprinkle with sugar
Stir gently to combine
Cover and let sit at room temperature for at least 1 hour, but not more than 4 hours
Just before serving, grind pepper over berries.

Chilled Mango Soup Liquid, No-Chew Mango Soup

2 mangos – diced
2 cups orange juice
2 cups plain yogurt (Greek yogurt has the most protein)

Blend until smooth. Garnish with a sprig of mint.  Can also be made as a smoothie.

Soft Banana Recipe forTMJD Patients
Grilled Bananas Foster

4 bananas, peeled and halved lengthwise
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie spice
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 pint vanilla ice cream

1. Place bananas in center of large sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil. Mix melted butter, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla until well blended. Spoon over bananas. Bring up foil sides, double fold top and ends to tightly seal packet.
2. Grill over medium heat 5 minutes or until bananas are softened, turning packet over halfway through cook time.
3. Serve with vanilla ice cream, spooning sauce from packet over bananas.

We hope you enjoy these recipes. They would be great for this weekend’s July 4th celebrations! We will have more July 4th food ideas later this week, too.  There is no reason you can’t enjoy the festivities and all the amazing summer food just because you have jaw pain!

Do you have any favorite easy to eat summer recipes that your fellow patients might enjoy?

About The Author


Stacy is the Founder & Executive Director of TMJ Hope. After being mauled by a dog, she experienced severe jaw pain that was not relieved by conservative treatments. After several surgeries, she had TMJ total joint replacements in 2006.

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