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Dysphagia cookbook

Samoan Sunset Smoothie (Judith Van Dongen)
Samoan Sunset Smoothie (Judith Van Dongen)

Dysphagia is a disorder that makes it difficult for people chew and swallow.

Students in the joint Washington State University and Eastern Washington University  communications disorders program held a special potluck as part of a class assignment to share recipes for easy-to-swallow foods for fictional patients. The project was part of assistant professor Amy Meredith's class and the recipes were later compiled into an online cookbook.

The cookbook was published on the school's website here. There are photos and a story from the potluck here.

Meredith said dysphagia is often caused by neurological problems resulting from stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson's Disease, Lou Gehrig's disease, multiple sclerosis and other problems.

If you, or someone you know, could use more recipes or ideas for an easy-to-swallow diet, click on the links above.

Here's a recipe that sounds delicious for anyone (and it looks beautiful). The recipe was voted "best liquid," "most appealing to the senses" and "most creative."

Samoan Sunset Smoothie

From Terri Runquist
For the first layer:
2 ripe bananas
1 ½ cups of yogurt (vanilla)
½ cup milk
6 ice cubes
Blend well and pour into decorative goblet.
For the second layer:
1 cup of cubed mango
½ cup cubed fresh pineapple
1 1/2 cups yogurt (vanilla)
½ cup milk
6 ice cubes
Blend well and pour over banana mixture.
For the third layer:
2 cups slided fresh strawberries
1 ½ cups of yogurt (vanilla)
½ cup milk
6 ice cubes
Blend well and pour over layers – almost to top of glass.
Optional: Garnish with whipped cream and fresh fruit.

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