Full Liquid Diet

Background:

This diet is for individuals who cannot tolerate solid foods, or who are transitioning from a clear liquid diet toward a solid food diet. The diet is meant to be temporary, and should be increased as tolerated to a regular diet and should not be tried without physician supervision.

What is considered a liquid?

  • Fruit and vegetable juice
  • Broth, bouillon, consume
  • Cream soup or strained soup
  • Cream of wheat or cream of rice thinned with milk
  • Milk, buttermilk, eggnog, milkshakes
  • Yogurt (plain or vanilla)
  • Custard
  • Cheese sauce
  • Butter
  • Cream
  • Oil
  • Coffee and tea
  • Soda
  • Kool-Aid, Gatorade, lemonade
  • Jell-O
  • Ice cream
  • Sorbet, sherbet
  • Pudding
  • Honey, syrup, sugar, hard candies
  • Jelly
  • Popsicles
  • Liquid nutritional supplement such as Boost, Ensure, Carnation Instant Breakfast, or Glucerna

Sample Menu:

Breakfast: 8 am 8 AM 4oz juice blended and ½ cup (C) plain yogurt
6oz fortified cereal (see recipe), thinned with hot milk to 8 oz
Snack: 10 am Boost
Lunch: 12 pm 10 oz cream soup (include ¼c nonfat dry milk to fortify)
2 fl oz juice
8 fl oz milk
Snack: 2 pm 4oz pudding
Dinner: 5 pm 10 oz broth soup (includes ¼ C of nonfat dry milk to fortify)
4oz sorbet
8 fl oz milk or a supplement (individual preference)
Snack: 8 pm Ensure blended with ½ cup ice cream

Fortified cereal recipe

Serving size: 8 oz portion, Calories: 450, Protein: 20 grams
Use cream of wheat or rice cereal. Boil water according to recipe.
Add ¾ C nonfat dry milk to the boiling water for each serving of cereal needed. Finish cooking cereal according to package instructions, and add 1 Tbsp of butter and brown sugar.

Your healthcare provider is the best source of information for questions and concerns related to your health. To find a physician near you, please see our locations page. To schedule an appointment with our Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, call 602-422-9800 or request an appointment.