Prepping your kitchen for blenderized diet

When you or your loved one requires a feeding tube, many steps must be implemented when preparing for this transition. Getting the news that you or a loved one needs a feeding tube may be overwhelming at first. You will meet with your healthcare team to help make the transition as smooth as possible. Ultimately, it is your decision on what goes into the feeding tube.

Before going grocery shopping and preparing your blenderized meals, be sure you have all of the right materials and appliances in your home kitchen. If you’re planning on incorporating or solely relying on blenderized foods for meals, there is some prep work that needs to be put in place before making meals fit for an enteral feeding tube.

Prepping you kitchen

Blender

A high-powered blender such as a Vitamix® can easily blend and liquify foods within seconds, making meal preparation a breeze.

Recipes

Working with your dietitian to find a few simple starter recipes is best when starting a blenderized diet; joining online groups and forums can be another great way to adopt new recipes. The group Blenderized Foods For Tubies and Feeding Tube Awareness Foundation is a recommendation. Printing out a list of tolerated foods in each food category is a great way to ensure you are including all of the necessary food groups.

Slow cooker

A slow cooker can be an easy hack in the kitchen, especially if beans, lentils and grains are incorporated into the blenderized diet. The slow cooker can make an entire families meal and just require a few last-minute steps to transform it into a blenderized meal.

Measuring cups and measuring spoons

When making recipes and preparing for feedings, measuring cups are necessary for measuring liquids such as milk, broth, water, and juice. Measuring spoons are needed when increasing calorie intake, such as fat sources as this needs to be done slowly.

Fat sources

Olive oil, flax oil, or medium chain triglycerides (MCT) are all great to have on hand when cooking and preparing recipes.

Fruits

Fruits from all colors of the rainbow are great to have on hand. This can include: cherries, lemons, peaches, pears, bananas, apples, and seedless grapes.

Vegetables

Vegetables not only add color but are key to meeting nutritional needs. Vegetables such as peppers, radish, carrots, pumpkin, green beans, lettuce and spinach are great to have in the fridge or freezer when putting a meal together.

Supplements

If supplements are required, be sure they are liquid or in liquid, capsule, or powder format, so they can be easily blended into the meal. Be sure to speak with your practitioner and/or dietitian before starting any new medication or supplement.

Air-tight storage containers

Some people blend every meal while for others it is common to blend meals for a couple of days, so storage will be necessary. Freezing foods can also be an option when traveling, so high-quality containers or bags are recommended.

  • Food storage containers to hold cooked foods, waiting to be blended.
  • Containers with measurements to store blended meals.

Transitioning to a blenderized diet may feel daunting when starting out. Incorporating or having pre-prepared foods like Kitchen Blends® on hand can ensure nutrition needs are being met especially when leaving the home.

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