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Foods that Encourage Chewing

Beginning Stage:
  1. Cubes of hard cheese such as cheddar, Monterrey jack, and American
  2. Cubes of white meat, chicken roll, and turkey roll
  3. Partially cooked carrots, potatoes, green beans – cubed or cut in lengths for biting
  4. Grilled cheese sandwiches – cubes or strips
  5. French toast – cubes or strips
  6. Firm omelets – cubes or strips
  7. Waffles – cubes or strips
  8. Crunchy cereals – Kix, cheerios
  9. Fresh bananas – cubed
  10. Canned fruits – pears, peaches, etc.
  11. Tofu cubes – may need to add flavoring

Second Stage:

  1. Cubes of harder food – bologna, turkey hot dogs, poaches chicken
  2. Cold meatloaf cubed
  3. Firm, solid meatballs
  4. French fries – strips
  5. Chicken nuggets – cubes or strips
  6. Ravioli – cubed
  7. Ziti noodles cooked al dente
  8. Toast – cubes or strips
  9. Pepperidge Farms “Goldfish” crackers
  10. Fresh fruits in cubes or strips – peaches, pears, etc.
  11. Firmly cooked vegetables – cubes of strips

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