You may need a blenderized diet if you have mouth or throat problems or if your This diet consists of foods that have been blenderized and are thin enough to. January Issue. Blenderized Foods for Home Tube Feeding: Learn About the Benefits, Risks, and Strategies for Success By Theresa A. Fessler, MS, RDN, . With today’s high-performance blenders this is possible, and many home enteral nutrition (HEN) consumers and caregivers are using blenderized foods instead.

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If you are blending fruits or vegetables, you can use less liquid. This blog post by our dietitian gives great tips for transitioning to a blenderized diet via feeding tube. Cheese sauce Cottage cheese Cooked legumes such as split peas or split lentils without the hull outer covering Smooth peanut butter Desserts Smooth custard and pudding Shakes Desserts such as ice cream, sherbet and plain gelatin may need to be melted before eating Fats Melted butter or margarine and oil Cream cheese Salad dressing Smooth sauces or gravy Other liquids and foods Milk beverages and smooth yogurt Tomato paste or sauce Blended, strained soup stock or cream soups Ground seasonings and spices, mustard, ketchup and other smooth condiments What should I limit or avoid eating or drinking while on a blenderized diet?

Blenderized Diet What is it? However, the use of blenderized foods for tube feeding isn’t for everyone, so RDs must discuss it with each patient’s physician and medical team before switching nutritional regimens. Commercial EN products are necessary for hospital use in that they contain concentrated sources of calories and protein and all the known essential vitamins and minerals in standardized amounts and in a convenient and safe form, yet they don’t contain the myriad phytochemicals and fibers found in whole foods.

Blenderized food tube feedings usually aren’t advised for patients who have jejunal tubes because of the smaller lumen, and some mixtures can separate while in the feeding bags, causing inconsistent nutrient delivery or tube occlusion.

Tools for living better on home IV and tube feedings. Benefits Hundreds of phytochemicals and fibers present in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and other foods are beneficial to health and gastrointestinal GI function. Foods that increase the risk of tube clogging include blueberries, string beans, and flax seeds. These foods and liquids can be eaten using a cup, straw, syringe or spoon. Home and Alternate Site Carepublished in”Commercially available EN formulations shall be used whenever possible,” and the use of home blenderized formulas “requires additional attention to safe food handling and storage practices.

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All liquids can be used to blenderize or thin foods. If patients who require a feeding pump are using blenderized foods, they should complete their tube feedings in less than two hours to minimize risk of spoilage. Blenderized Foods for Home Tube Feeding: If you are already on a blenderized diet, hooray!


Blenderized foods are a benefit for home EN consumers who have intolerances or are allergic to certain ingredients in standard EN formulas such as soy or casein. It was effective in preventing significant weight loss and promoting wound healing and successful skin grafting. People who exclusively use blenderized diets often recommend high-quality, commercial blenders.

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Five consecutively admitted major burn patients were successfully supported with a high calorie, high protein diet supplemented with a blenderized diet formula that was prepared in our hospital. US Government Printing Office; Martin advised her to use the blended juices in addition to, not instead of, the standard EN formula. Breads, cereals, rice and pasta Breads and crackers without nuts Cooked, enriched cereals such as grits, Farina, Malt-O-Meal, or Cream of Wheat Cooked rice, pasta or noodles Fruits and vegetables Cooked or canned fruits without skins of seeds Cooked or canned vegetables without skins or seeds Meat and meat substitutes Cooked, tender meat, fish and poultry Infant strained meats baby foods Cooked boiled or poached eggs.

To accomplish this, whole foods are liquefied in a blender with water, juice, broth, or various types of milk, and administered by syringe bolus in feeding tubes. Breads, cereal, rice and pasta Whole-grain breads, cereals or crackers with nuts or seeds Fried rice or fried noodles Fruits and vegetables Fresh fruits or vegetables Fruits or vegetables with seeds or tough skins, such as strawberries, raspberries, pineapples, watermelons, tomatoes, corn, and celery Meat and meat substitutes Sausages and wieners or other meats with tough skins Poultry skin Fish with bones Fried meat and fried eggs Tough meat with a lot of gristle Nuts, seeds and crunchy peanut butter Cooked dried beans that do not have the hull outer covering removed Desserts Baked goods that are made with nuts or seeds, coconut, chocolate and butterscotch Other Foods Milk or yogurt products with nuts or seeds Popcorn Relish Alcoholic beverages What other diet guidelines should I follow?

They’re also unsuitable for those who lack the skills and motivation to prepare them. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Modern high-speed blenders can liquefy foods, and users can strain mixtures if necessary.

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What can I eat and drink while on a blenderized diet? A blenderized diet has foods and liquids that have been thinned in a blender or food processor and strainer. In fact, Martin has blnderized some unusual recipes on the Web. Thousands of people are unable to eat by mouth and therefore require long-term home enteral tube feedings.


Risks While many EN patients have had positive experiences with the use of blenderized foods in tube feedings, there are some risks involved, such as inadequate or unbalanced nutritional intake, microbial contamination, and tube clogging.

Other EN consumers view blenderized foods as a quality-of-life issue. Eating small, frequent meals six to eight meals per day Eat a variety of foods from all the food groups to get a balanced diet Chunks of food in blenderized meals can lead to poor mouth care, cavities or choking Rinse out your mouth with water after each meal.

Many home EN consumers who have switched to blenderized foods for tube feeding have expressed similar comments.

Eggs should be well cooked before blending or hard lumps can form. Fewer subjects reported emesis and stools became firmer. Publisher of Today’s Dietitian.

Always discuss any changes to your nutrition with your dietitian or doctor, but most find that replacing one can of formula per day with a Real Food Blends meal is a good way to re introduce your body to real food and start a blenderized diet. Pediatric patients who are dependent on gtube feedings may benefit from BTF for improvement in stool consistency, vomiting, and gtube intolerance. As with any type of tube feeding, RDs should monitor patients’ progress and ensure they’re tolerating the blenderized foods well and are meeting weight goals.

If done properly, blenderized foods in feeding tubes can be safe and healthful and improve patient satisfaction; however, it can be difficult to ensure that full nutrition needs are met, and there are some risks. A blenderuzed egg is one that is cooked without a shell in boiling liquid. The pureed diet by GT is an alternative diet that is well received by families of patients. RDs should instruct patients and caregivers about serving sizes, fluid intake, food preparation tips, water flushes, food handling, and proper storage.

United States Department of Agriculture website. All across the country, more RDs are stepping up to the challenge of assisting home EN consumers with the use of blenderized foods doet tube feeding, blendderized not much medical research has been done to support this practice.

As mentioned, there are benefits and risks involved with the use of blenderized tube feeding, and dietitians are the best resource for assisting consumers in choosing appropriate foods for a balanced diet and preventing complications. Moving Viet The use of blenderized foods for tube feeding is uncommon, but it’s becoming more popular among home EN patients and RDs.