What’s in recipes for liquid diets?

Liquid diets

Recipes for liquid diets are the easiest ones to prepare because they involve little or no preparation at all to begin with. A liquid diet is that which consists of items that are either already liquid or that liquefy at room temperature. By very definition, liquid diets preclude any solid food. Of course, people who go on a liquid diet of their own volition can switch back to solids as soon as they feel the inclination, unlike those individuals who are prescribed a liquid diet by their doctors. You may have no choice but to go on a full liquid diet before and/or after a specific medical test or surgical procedure.

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  The following products are allowed in a full liquid diet:

  • Water.
  • Fruit juices, including nectars and juices with pulp.
  • Butter, margarine, oil, cream, custard, and pudding.
  • Plain ice cream, frozen yogurt, and sherbet.
  • Fruit ices and popsicles.
  • Sugar, honey, and syrups.
  • Soup broth.
  • Sodas.
  • Gelatin.
  • Boost, Resource, and other liquid supplements.
  • Tea or coffee with cream or milk and sugar or honey.

Please note that in a clear liquid diet tea and coffee must be served without dairy products like milk or cream, gelatin must be plain, fruit juices must be pulp-less, and broth must be clear and fat-free, and soda must be clear as well. This being the case, a liquid diet menu might go a little something like this:

Breakfast

Snack

Lunch

Snack

Dinner

1 glass of fruit juice
1 cup of coffee or tea
1 cup of broth (bouillon, consommé, etc.)
1 bowl of gelatin

1 glass of fruit juice
1 bowl of gelatin

1 glass of fruit juice
1 glass of water
1 cup of broth
1 bowl of gelatin

1 ice pop
1 cup of coffee or tea or a soft drink

1 cup of juice or water
1 cup of broth
1 bowl of gelatin
1 cup of coffee or tea

Usually the goal of recipes for liquid diets is to provide between 1,350 abd 1,400 calories and 45g of protein daily. If necessary, you can give your liquid diet a calorie boost by adding non-fat dry milk to drinks; instant breakfast powder to milk, puddings, custards, and milkshakes; strained meats to broths; butter or margarine to hot cereal and soups; and sugar or syrup to drinks. However, before doing this you should ask your doctor whether you can include strained meats, potatoes pureed in soup, or cooked refined cereals to your liquid diet. Also keep in mind that mashed potato, avocado, or other mashed foods do not count as liquid foods.

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