Food recommendations for kid with expander?
My 9 y/o just had an expander placed in the roof of his mouth yesterday as the beginning of some orthodontic work. Poor kid has a run of unpleasant things happening lately, and I'm feeling a bit badly for him. He was very uncomfortable yesterday, and the fact that the expander is causing him to have difficulty speaking, is only making him more self conscious. He had trouble eating last night (yogurt, applesauce and string cheese) and afterward was complaining about being hungry. It doesn't help that he is picky, so I'm trying to come up with ideas for him for things he can take for lunch and eat for dinner until he becomes accustomed to the expander (we have to "expand" it for the next 3 weeks which will cause the discomfort, but after that it stays in for nearly a year as part of the apparatus necessary for the work being done).
So far, the only things I can think of are yogurt, applesauce, strawberries, kiwi, bananas, edamame, pasta, macaroni and cheese (he loves my homemade mac so making a batch for him), and chicken nuggets (I never buy these but figure they are soft and I bought them at Trader Joe's so no preservatives or fillers). He doesn't like soup. Mashed potatoes are "okay" but he doesn't like them that much. I made pumpkin bread for breakfast (he usually has cereal or bagels but can't do crunchy or chewy), and just made a batch of pumpkin choc chip cookies as they are very soft. I tried a fruit smoothie last night as I can add protein powder to that, but for some reason, he's not a big fan of them.
I'm sure there are plenty of foods out there would work, but I'm drawing a blank. I'm trying to keep his diet reasonably healthy, but I'm also worried that he'll end up losing weight that he can't afford to lose (he's very thin already). He's the pickiest of my kids, so having to deal with this with him is probably the hardest out of all my kids!
I feel bad for the kid - he won't have a very enjoyable Halloween this year as most of the candy is off limits. And wouldn't you know that despite the fact that he likes chocolate (and it's one of the few candies he can eat), he is sensitive to it and can't eat too much of it. So if you have any ideas for candy/treats that aren't sticky, chewy or gooey, please let me know so that I can get him some of his own candy so he's not feeling too left out on Halloween!
Any recommendations or BTDT experience? Thanks!