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Modified Diet: Full Liquid Diet (348)

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Full Liquid Diet

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
Food Category Foods Allowed
Cereals 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 and 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

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

Foods Allowed on a Full Liquid Diet (continued)
Food Category Foods Allowed
Soups Bouillon
Clear beef, chicken, or vegetable broth
Strained, pureed vegetable soup
Strained, meat-based or cream soups containing
pureed vegetables or pureed meat
Desserts Cornstarch puddings
Gelatin, high-protein gelatin
Plain ice cream and sherbet
Fruit ices and popsicles
No nuts, seeds, or fruit or vegetable skins

Fats Butter, margarine, mayonnaise
Beverages Coffee
Carbonated beverages
Artificially flavored fruit drinks
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

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

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.

Sample One-Day Menu for Full Liquid Diet
Orange Juice Pureed pears
Cream of wheat with milk

Midmorning Snack
Applesauce, custard
1 serving Ensure or other nutritional supplement

Strained cream of potato soup Pudding
Gelatin Tea with cream

Midafternoon Snack
Ice cream

Strained cream of vegetable soup Custard
with added pureed vegetables Tea
Pureed peaches
Fruit ice

Evening Snack
Pudding, milk

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If you are a UW Health patient and have more questions please contact UW Health at one of the
phone numbers listed below. You can also visit our website at www.uwhealth.org/nutrition
Nutrition clinics for UW Hospital and Clinics (UWHC) and American Family Children’s
Hospital (AFCH) can be reached at: (608) 890-5500.
Nutrition clinics for UW Medical Foundation (UWMF) can be reached at: (608) 287-2770

Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
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