What's On Your Grocery List

What's On Your Grocery List

A tube feeder’s shopping list

When introducing a blenderized diet there is more freedom in food choices and variety; in addition to more benefits such as fiber and phytonutrients. Conventional tube feeding formula includes added essential vitamins and minerals but often include processed ingredients, additives and preservatives as well.

Talking with your dietitian or healthcare practitioner is important when making the transition to a blenderized diet, especially if food allergies or intolerances are present - making grocery shopping a bit more complex. Depending on the method of feeding, blenderized foods can be used for bolus, gravity or continuous tube feeding.

Preparing a meal is all about balance. Foods which contain a high amount of water, such as milk, fruit, vegetable juice and broth can be used to thin recipes or create proper consistency to easily flow through the tube. To preserve nutrition and freshness, blended foods, once opened, should be kept refrigerated in an airtight container and used or discarded within 24 hours. Blends may also be stored and frozen for 1-2 months.

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