Full Liquid


The full liquid diet is often used as a step between a clear liquid diet and a regular diet, for example, after surgery or fasting. It may also be used after certain procedures, such as jaw wiring. This diet may also be appropriate for patients who have swallowing and chewing problems.

Nutrition Facts

The full liquid diet is low in iron, vitamin B12, vitamin A, and thiamine. It should not be used for a long period of time unless vitamins, iron, or liquid nutritional supplements are added. This diet has 1800 mg of calcium, so extra calcium is not needed.

Groups Recommended Avoid
Milk & milk products milk, milkshakes, eggnog, ice cream, custard, pudding all cheeses
Vegetables all vegetables juices all raw or cooked
Fruits all juice or nectar all fresh, frozen, or canned fruit
Breads & Grains cooked refined cereals; farina, grits, oatmeal, cream of rice, cream of wheat all other cereals, all breads
Meat or meat substitutes none all
Fats & oils butter, margarine, cream all others
Sweets & Desserts sherbet, sugar, hard candy, plain gelatin, fruit ice, honey, syrups all others
Beverages all none
Soups broth, bouillon, strained creamed soups all others

Sample Menu

Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
fruit juice 1 cup
hot cereal 1/2 cup
eggnog 8 oz
whole milk 8 oz
hot tea with sugar & lemon
strained creamed soup 3/4 cup
juice 1 cup
ice cream 1/2 cup
pudding or custard 1/2 cup
whole milk 8 oz
hot tea with sugar & lemon

This Sample Diet Provides the Following

Calories Fat Protein
2100 80 mg 60 mg
Sodium Carbohydrates Potassium
2976 mg 290 gm 2900 mg
Groups Recommended Avoid
Milks & Milk Products ( 2 or more cups daily) as tolerated: butter-milk; low fat, skim, or whole milk; creamed soups; low calorie pudding; plain or low-calorie, artificially sweetened yogurt; cheese cocoa mixes; ice cream; malted or chocolate milk; sweetened custard and pudding; sweetened, fruited, or frozen yogurt; milkshakes
Vegetables (3 or more servings daily) all none
Fruits (2 or more servings daily) fresh fruit, fruit canned in natural juice, unsweetened fruit juice dried fruits, canned or frozen fruits in syrup, sweetened juice
Breads & Grains (4 or more servings daily) crackers, pasta, plain breads and rolls, pretzels, rice, unsweetened cereals sugar-coated cereals (including granola), doughnuts, sweet rolls
Meats & meat substitutes (5 to 6 oz. daily) eggs, seafood, beef, poultry, pork, peanut butter none
Fats & Oils (servings depend on caloric needs) butter, margarine, oils, salad dressings none
Sweets & Dessert (servings depend on caloric needs) artificial sweeteners, low-calorie jelly, low-calorie gelatin, low-calorie popsicles popsicles, cakes, pies, cookies, jellies, jams, gelatin, high sugar desserts, sherbet
Beverages (limit fluid with meals to 4 oz. per meal) sugar-free beverages, water regular soft drinks, sugared drink mixes, lemonade, Kool Aid, Gatorade, sugared ice tea, Snapple or similar drinks

Sample menu

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
unsweetened orange juice 1/2 cup
poached egg 1
toast 1 slice
margarine 1 tsp
low-calorie jelly 1 tsp
sugar substitute
beef patty, 3 oz on bun
mayonnaise or ketchup 1 Tbsp
broccoli 1/2 cup
margarine 1 tsp
skim milk 1/2 cup
chicken breast 3 oz
mashed potatoes 1/2 cup
green beans 1/2 cup
margarine 2 tsp
coffee 1/2 cup
non-dairy creamer
sugar substitute
Mid-Morning Snack Mid-Afternoon Snack Evening Snack
unsweetened cereal 1/2 cup
skim milk 1/2 cup
bread 1 slice
turkey 1 oz
mayonnaise 1 Tbsp
low-calorie pudding 1/2 cup
cottage cheese 1/4 cup
fresh peaches 3/4 cup

This Sample Diet Provides the Following

Calories Fat Protein
1550 62 gm 87 gm
Sodium Carbohydrates Potassium
2327 mg 119 gm 2372 gm

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