Pretty, Palatable, and Pureed!


Sharing a meal with family and friends is one of life’s special pleasures! Unfortunately, people with Parkinson’s and other chronic disorders often develop swallowing problems (dysphagia) and find they have to consume a special diet to keep food from going down the wrong pipe! This is the phrase commonly used to describe the coughing and choking people experience when food and drink go into their lungs rather than traveling down the esophagus to the stomach. This can result in aspiration pneumonia. Some people manage the problem by eating regular but soft foods. Others need to have all foods pureed to eat safely.

Regrettably, pureed food is often prepared with little flavor and a pasty, unappetizing appearance. I don’t think many of us would be enthusiastic about that type of meal, and loss of appetite, weight, and quality of life may result.

My question today is this: Who said that pureed food has to be ugly, tasteless, or downright unpleasant?! Many websites address this topic, but today I want to share a link to one of my current favorites.

Appetizing Options for Pureed Diets is a blog written by Speech-Language Pathologist Mary Quici. She frequently updates it with new recipes for tasty, eye-appealing, pureed fare! Her blog also provides other great information for people with dysphagia and their caregivers. I am not on a restricted diet, but some of Mary’s recipes look so delicious, I intend to try them out for myself! I highly recommend that you visit Appetizing Options for Pureed Diets and give them a try, too!


Cynthia Williams Bowen, MS, CCC-SLP owns Bowen Speech-Language Therapy, LLC in Clearwater, FL. Cyndee provides quality, creative, collaborative treatment to adults and adolescents with communication, swallowing, Parkinson’s, and related disorders.

Note: Cyndee originally wrote and posted this article on the Parkinson’s Assistance Network, Directory, and Alliance blog page on February 26, 2013 under the title Talking Tuesday: Soft Food Doesn’t Have to be Hard to Swallow! This revised version titled Pureed Food Doesn’t Have to be Hard to Swallow was posted on The Parkinson Hub blog on September 4, 2013.

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