Foods Allowed on the Full Liquid Diet

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A full liquid diet is often used after some types of surgery or if you have certain digestive conditions that won't allow you to eat solid foods. A full liquid diet is similar to a clear liquid diet, but you can also consume milk, vegetable juice, pureed soups and strained cooked cereals if they're thinned with milk or water.

Full liquid diets are usually low in calories and nutrients, so your doctor may suggest adding liquid dietary supplements like Ensure to your daily meal plan.

Or you can add powdered milk to creamed soups to get extra calories, or sweeten foods with sugar or liquid sweeteners such as honey or corn syrup.

If you need to cut back on calories, artificial 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 like 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 Meal Plan for One Day

Here's an example of a daily meal plan filled with foods you can eat on a full liquid diet. It has around 2,000 calories, but you can alter the amounts depending on your appetite and calorie needs.

 

Breakfast

  • One cup of fruit juice
  • One cup of strained cooked cereal
  • One glass of water or cup of coffee

Morning Snack

  • One cup of pureed fruit
  • One cup of tea

Lunch

  • One cup of pureed vegetables
  • One glass of milk or soy milk
  • One cup of chicken, beef or vegetable broth

Afternoon Snack

  • One cup of ice cream
  • One glass of water

    Dinner

    • One cup of pureed fruit
    • One cup of creamed soup
    • One glass of fruit juice
    • One glass of water
    • One glass of cow's milk or soy milk

    Nighttime Snack

    • One cup of yogurt
    • One cup of fruit juice
    • One 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 fluids.

    Sources:

    Maher AK. "Simplified Diet Menu." Eleventh Edition, Hoboken NJ, USA: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, October 2011. Accessed February 17, 2016.  http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0813811961.html.

    University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. "Modified Diet: Full Liquid Diet." Accessed January 4, 2016. http://www.uwhealth.org/healthfacts/nutrition/348.html.

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