Soft Foods for Swallowing

Difficulties in swallowing can be common after Laryngectomy and finding a nutritional balance is even more difficult for some people.

    Here we have some tips, recipe links, sweet food suggestions and drinks for you to enjoy with your family - especially over this holiday period. 

    Eating tips for Laryngectomy patients: 

    • Sit upright
    • Eat small meals regularly
    • Eat plenty of: soups, smoothies, casseroles, meatloaf, fibre, herbal teas such as Green tea.
    • We encourage steaming, slow cooking, soaking and stewing of foods to make foods easier to swallow. 
    • Avoid empty calories such as soft drinks, coffee and sweets. 
    • Consider calorie, protein (lean meats, fish, chicken, tofu, dairy) and fat intake to assist recovery. 


    • Rolled oat porridge with stewed apple and honey
    • Chia seed pudding
    • Scrambled eggs
    • Yoghurt with mashed berries
    • Avocado with cottage cheese


    • Banana Bread
    • Oat Muffins
    • Yoghurt
    • Pikelets
    • Healthy Bliss Balls
    • Smoothies 
    • Dips and crackers
    • Stewed fruit


    • Meatloaf
    • Steamed fish with rice, broccoli and pine nuts
    • Steamed chicken with mashed potato and green beans
    • Fish cakes
    • Zucchini and corn fritters with tomato salsa
    • Mince lamb, chicken or vege lasagna - Genuinely Julie
    • Lentil Eggplant Zucchini Moussaka 
    • Shepherd's Pie
    • Quiches
    • Thai vege noodles
    • Soups:
    - pumpkin
    - miso with poached salmon
    - creamed chicken corn
    - tomato
    - vegetable minestrone
      • Casseroles:
      - chicken, leek and bacon
      - tomato, beef and pumpkin
      - slow cooked lamb and sweet potato
      - chickpea and sweet potato
      - beef and mushroom stroganoff 
        • Curries:
        - chicken, eggplant, potato green curry
        - vegetable and chickpea
        - lentil dahl
        - fish curry
        - lamb and vegetable massaman curry



            1. Palate cleanser: Blend watermelon, apple juice and ice cubes
            2. Mango Daiquiri: Blend mango, passionfruit, orange juice and ice cubes
            3. Pina Colada: Blend pineapple, coconut milk and ice cubes
            4. Ice Cubes: Process 1 lebanese cucumber and mint leaves, strain and add water then freeze into ice cube trays. Add to your favourite cold drink. 

            Links of interest

            Click images to view websites

            Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre - Recipes for People with Cancer and Difficulty Swallowing 

            Smooth as Silk Cookbook -  Compiled by the Laryngectomee Association of NSW
            Genuinely Julie - Researcher, cancer survivor, health & wellness bloggerfor the Laryngectomee community, traveler, animal, nature, & pole fitness lover, making the most of this beautiful life!
            Recipes for healthy family meals from the Cancer Council NSW 
            Web Whispers -  International Internet support group for laryngectomees. 
            Easy to Swallow - Claire Wad
            food to glow recipes Kellie Anderson and



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