Any suggestions on what to eat rather than bread with crusts cut off?

On the whole my husband copes very well with eating, he is not on

Puréed food, I just make sure it is cut up and as moist as I can make it - he does not like gravy - with beans or tomatoes etc. But he can on occasions choke on bread, even with crusts cut off. Any suggestions for a substitute? Of course he doesn't really have to have bread but he rather likes his boiled egg and bread an d butter for his lunch!


Dorothy t

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  • Hi Dorothy, my husband is the same and loves his bread. I now give him Kingsmill 50/50, which seems softer and thinner than most sliced bread. I cut the crusts of ( but did manage to buy a couple of loves with crusts cut off already for 50p a loaf, reduced) and I put lots of butter/spread on it. So far it has worked. He can even manage tuna sandwiches again. With other bread he always chokes so thought he'd never be able to eat it again. I do have to liquidise all meat and he likes carrots and parsnips liquidised as well. Most other food I mash or chop. I hope you find something to help. It is a job thinking about and preparing suitable food isn't it.

    Best wishes,

    Nanna B

  • Thank you NannaB, I will try 50/50.

    Dorothy T

  • If you buy your bread from a bakery you can ask them to slice it very thin.


  • Hi

    Have u tried the ready meals provided by thick & easy .?.

    They were demonstrated at a PSP meeting a couple of years ago,, can be kept in the freezer then reheated and look like meat & veg

    Lol jiłl


  • Hi Jill, I've looked on the internet for the ready meals. They sound good. I can't find out where to get them in the UK but will keep looking. Thanks for this.

    Nanna B x

  • Hello Dorothy -

    We found Covent Garden soups were the right consistency for Tony, and had a bit of good flavour, and you can chop up other things to go in. The dietician suggested adding cheese (Tony always made out he didn't like cheese, but it seemed to go down OK).

    Yoghurt was quite good for adding things like chocolate cut up small so he felt he was getting some as a treat and our son was good at finding cakes that looked beautiful and were soft enough to slip down easily, like a sort of mousse, so at least we were able to celebrate birthdays etc

    Good luck


  • Dorothy, Cut all things small and make sure the mouth is ready for the next bite. Sometimes PSP patients can hold food in their mouths. If you have to resort to Pureed food then go that route. The smaller the bite the better the patient can deal with it I've found. I give liquids to my wife with a straw and I monitor the amount she gets so there isn't an overload and choking. If the patient isn't eating enough you can supplement their diet with nutritional products in liquid form. You're doing your best so hang in there.


  • Thank you all for your suggestions, I will do a little experimenting. On the whole, my husband does not have too much trouble with eating and swallowing,except in the mornings when it can be a bit problematical and thank you Jimbo for reminding me about holding food in the mouth, I hadn't fully taken that on board.

    Kind regards

    Dorothy t

  • Difficult with bread on own but if J is having soup and fancies bread then i break the bread into the soup to make it soggy and it goes down easier. J cant eat bread now at all or cakes so I mix the cakes with custard and for lunchs make things like cauliflower cheese, omelette's, soups, jacket potatoes.

  • Hi Dorothy my father in law also has problems eating. He likes eggy bread fish pies making sure no bones. We also find spaghetti hoops are good for making food moist. Another favourite is cornbeef hash. Yogurts with mashed bananas or strawberries. We also get him chocolate buttons which melt in his mouth. If he likes a drink try him with a baileys irish cream this seems to slip down without the terrible choking.

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