Pureed Consistency Diet
(Comparable to National Dysphagia Diet Level 1)
What is a pureed diet?
A pureed diet allows foods with a “pudding-like” texture. The food is smooth and moist. The foods are
easy to swallow, do not need to be chewed, and is easy for you to control in your mouth. There should
be no lumps, no chunks, no seeds, and no pulp. Foods should not be coarse, dry, crunchy, sticky, runny,
Why is the pureed consistency diet safer for me?
Your doctor wants you to follow this diet because of dysphagia or another medical condition. Dysphagia
means a person has difficulties swallowing. This can happen for a variety of reasons, but often times it
is a result of a stroke, injury, or disease. The pureed diet will help give you practice swallowing so you
can move on to the next level of the dysphagia diets.
What foods are safe to eat?
Foods on the dysphagia pureed menu are “real food”, but the texture has been made very smooth.
Food Groups Safe Foods Foods to Avoid Thin liquids,
▪ Smooth yogurt
▪ Smooth cottage cheese
Tip: Use a blender to make smooth.
Yogurts with fruit chunks;
▪ Pureed meats, poultry, or fish
mixed with milk broth or gravy
▪ Smooth hummus
▪ Smooth casseroles
▪ Smooth soufflés
▪ Softened tofu
Tip: Use a blender with some
added liquid to make smooth
Eggs, peanut butter, Junior
baby foods, nuts
Vegetables ▪ Pureed cooked vegetables
▪ Strained baby food vegetables
▪ Mashed potatoes with gravy
▪ Tomato paste or sauce
Junior baby foods, runny
Fruits Pureed fruits
Strained baby fruits
Well-mashed fresh bananas
Raw fruits, canned whole
fruits, dried fruits
Hot cereals with “pudding-like
texture” (cream of wheat, cream
of rice, malt-o-meal; should not
Breads, rolls, buns, biscuits,
muffins, crackers, dry cereal,
pancakes, French toast, pasta,
rice, old fashioned oats
Milk or cream
Safe Foods Foods to Avoid Thin liquids,
Soup Smooth, pureed, and
strained soups and
served at the right
Tip: Soups may need to
Broth and other thin, strained
Desserts Smooth puddings
Cookies, cakes, pies,
Malts, milk shakes, eggnog,
popsicles, frozen desserts, gelatin
Beverages Smooth drinks served
at the right thickness
Tip: Drinks may need to
Milk, juices, coffee, tea, sodas, water,
carbonated beverages, alcoholic
beverages, nutritional supplements,
Other Butter or margarine
Strained gravies and
Salt, pepper, herbs,
Catsup, BBQ sauce,
Honey, smooth jellies,
Sugar and artificial
Cream cheese, candy,
horseradish, chili sauce
What is the most important thing you learned from this handout?
What changes will you make in your diet/lifestyle, based on what you learned today?
If you have more questions please contact UW Health at one of the phone number 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 this information. If you
have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 5/2016 University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority. All
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