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Full Liquid Diet Cheat Sheet (DRAFT) by [deleted]

Full Liquid Diet

This is a draft cheat sheet. It is a work in progress and is not finished yet.


Full liquid diets are often used as a step between clear liquids and solid foods. Some patients will need to remain on this diet for a longer period of time. This diet meets your calorie and protein needs using liquids only. A full liquid diet will make you feel full due to the volume of liquids you will be eating. Liquid supple­ments such as Ensure®, Boost® or similar products can improve the nutrit­ional value of a liquid diet. These can be found at your local pharmacy or grocery store. They taste better when chilled and served over ice or mixed with other liquids

Foods Allowed on a Full Liquid Diet


Cream of wheat, cream of rice, and other cooked cereals made with refined grains Blended or pureed oatmeal and other blended whole grain cereals

Fruits & Vegetables

All juices and nectars Pureed fruits Pureed vegetables diluted in soups Mashed potatoes diluted in cream soup No fruits or vegetables with skins or seeds


All types of milk (whole, low-fat, reduce­d-fat, or fat-free; use lactose free products if you are lactose intole­rant) Half-a­nd-half (use to boost calories)


Bouillon Clear beef, chicken, or vegetable broth Strained, pureed vegetable soup Strained, meat-based or cream soups containing pureed vegetables or pureed meat


Cornstarch puddings Custard Gelatin, high-p­rotein gelatin Plain ice cream and sherbet Fruit ices and popsicles No nuts, seeds, or fruit or vegetable skins


Butter, margarine, mayonnaise


Coffee Tea Carbonated beverages Cocoa Artifi­cially flavored fruit drinks Lemonade Sport and rehydr­ation beverages Medical nutrit­ional supplement drinks such Ensure®, Boost® or similar products Milkshakes made with smooth peanut butter or canned fruit (shakes must be blended smooth) Pasteu­rized eggnog


Honey, sugar, syrup Salt Flavorings (herbs, spices, flavored syrups) Chocolate syrup Cinnamon, nutmeg Brewer’s yeast Hard candy

Small frequent meals

Small frequent meals help to increase the amount of calories and other nutrients in a full liquid diet. You may need to eat 6-8 times in a day. If you need to increase calories, use butter, sour cream, or other full fat dairy products. Good nutrition is a vital part of getting better but you may have feelings of fullness and discomfort even after taking small amounts of liquids.

It may help to take as many sips as you can every 15-20 minutes throughout the day. Drink small servings of liquid supple­ments and mix them with ice cream or Carnation Instant Breakfast® to improve the nutrit­ional value of your liquid diet. Consider adding a daily liquid multiv­itamin if you need to follow this diet for an long period of time

Full Liquid Diet