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What You Can Eat On a Pureed Diet

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Updated February 17, 2014

A pureed diet is in between a full liquid diet and a mechanical soft diet in consistency. It's useful for people who can't chew food properly due to illness or after certain types of surgery.

The pureed diet includes liquids and cooked foods that have been blended to the consistency of pudding or baby food so little or no chewing is necessary.

Most foods that can be cooked and pureed are allowed on this diet. Avoid foods like raw or dried fruits and vegetables, eggs, peanut butter, pasta, rice, dry bread, cookies, crackers, coconuts, nuts and seeds.

Foods Allowed on the Pureed Diet

  • All liquids and beverages (nothing lumpy)
  • Yogurt (without fruit)
  • Pureed cooked fruits
  • Pureed ripe banana
  • Pureed cooked vegetables
  • Cottage cheese
  • Cooked cereals such as cream of rice or cream of wheat
  • Smooth oatmeal
  • Bread without crust, pureed with milk or water
  • Pureed meats
  • Hummus, pureed legumes
  • Pudding or custard
  • Ice cream, sherbet and yogurt (without fruit, nuts or chips)
  • Butter or margarine

Example Menu

Here's an idea of foods you can eat on a pureed diet. The amounts can be adjusted to match your appetite and calorie needs.

Breakfast

  • 1 cup fruit juice
  • 1/2 cup cooked smooth oatmeal with sugar or honey and milk
  • 1 glass of water or cup of coffee
Morning Snack
  • 1 cup yogurt with honey
  • 1 cup tea
Lunch
  • 1/2 cup cooked pureed squash
  • 1/2 cup pureed roast beef
  • 1/2 cup mashed potatoes thinned with gravy
  • 1/2 slice white bread pureed with fluid
  • 1 glass of milk or soy milk
Afternoon Snack
  • Small milk shake
  • 1 glass of water
Dinner
  • 1/2 cup pureed tuna with mayonnaise
  • 1 cup cooked pureed mixed vegetables
  • 1/2 cup creamed soup (no chunk of meat or vegetables)
  • 1 glass of milk, soy milk or your favorite beverage
Nighttime Snack
  • 1 ripe banana pureed
  • 1/2 cup vegetable juice
  • 1 glass water
You may have additional dietary restrictions, so it's best to speak with your health care provider about this diet. This is especially important if you have any health conditions or specific dietary concerns.

Other Diets Altered for Consistency

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: Pureed Diet." Accessed June 11, 2013. http://www.uwhealth.org/healthfacts/B_EXTRANET_HEALTH_INFORMATION-FlexMember-Show_Public_HFFY_1126658064324.html.

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