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What You Can Eat On a Full Liquid Diet

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Updated February 17, 2014

A full liquid diet is often used after some types of surgery or if you have certain digestive conditions. It's similar to a clear liquid diet, but you can also consume milk, vegetable juice, pureed soups and strained cooked cereals thinned with milk or water. It's usually low in calories and nutrients, so your doctor may suggest a liquid dietary supplement like Ensure, and you can add powdered milk to creamed soups. Artificial sweeteners and liquid sweeteners are also allowed on a full liquid diet.

Foods Allowed on the Full Liquid Diet

  • All kinds of fruits and vegetable juice
  • Pureed fruit or vegetables
  • Milk
  • Soy or almond milk
  • Yogurt (without fruit chunks)
  • Melted cheese
  • Eggs can be eaten as a soft custard
  • Honey
  • Syrup
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soft drinks
  • Sports drinks
  • Water
  • Strained cooked cereal
  • Broth
  • Creamed soup (no pieces or chunks of vegetables or meats)
  • Pureed meat can be added to soup (again, no chunks)
  • Sugar
  • Flavored gelatin
  • Ice cream (no fruit, chocolate chips, etc.)
  • Sorbet and frozen yogurt

Example Menu

You can alter the amounts depending on your appetite and calorie needs, typically one-half cup to one cup each.

Breakfast

  • 1 cup fruit juice
  • 1 cup strained cooked cereal
  • 1 glass of water or coffee
Morning Snack
  • 1 cup pureed fruit
  • 1 cup tea
Lunch
  • 1 cup pureed vegetables
  • 1 glass of milk or soy milk
  • 1 cup broth
Afternoon Snack
  • 1 cup ice cream
  • 1 glass of water
Dinner
  • 1 cup pureed fruit
  • 1 cup creamed soup
  • 1 glass of fruit juice
  • 1 glass of water
  • 1 glass of milk or soy milk
Nighttime Snack
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 cup fruit juice
  • 1 glass of water
Note: if you can't tolerate milk, choose soy or almond milk, and be sure to read the labels of liquid nutritional supplements -- some of them are milk-based. Ask your health care provider about any additional dietary restrictions you may have. For example, a person on a Gastroparesis diet may need to avoid high-fat liquids and a person on a sodium-restricted diet may need to avoid salty liquids.

Sources:

Maher AK. "Simplified Diet Menu." Eleventh Edition, Hoboken NJ, USA: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, October 2011.

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. "Modified Diet: Full Liquid Diet." Accessed June 9, 2013. http://www.uwhealth.org/healthfacts/B_EXTRANET_HEALTH_INFORMATION-FlexMember-Show_Public_HFFY_1125410056099.html.

 

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