Patients recover from most forms of surgery generally start out with a liquid diet. As the patient recovers, the soft foods introduced, and the menu has been expanded to ensure that patients receive adequate nutrition while recovering. A soft diet is useful when you no longer need a liquid diet, but is not ready for heavier solid food. Work with a nutritionist or dietitian to develop a special diet that addresses your specific needs
A nutritional soft diet after surgery may include cereals such as Cream of Wheat, oats and breathed rice, but should stay away from bran and whole grain cereals.
Eggs can be included as long as they are soft boiled, scrambled, hard boiled or poached, never raw or roasted.
Most bread can be well tolerated, including white bread, seedless rye, French toast, pancakes and waffles, and biscuits. Again, avoid whole grain breads and anything with seeds, like pumpernickel and rye sown.
Dairy products including milk, milkshakes, pasteurized eggnog, cottage cheese, yogurt, mild-flavored cheeses, ice cream and sauces can be included as long as there is no problem digesting milk.
Butter and margarine are allowed, along with cream and cream substitutes, sour cream and mayonnaise.
Most fruits, such as cantaloupe, watermelon, peaches and pears, and fruit juices, including fruit nectars and vegetables are allowed. Bananas and avocados are good, but other raw fruits like pineapple, grapes, plums and rhubarb is not recommended.
A nutritious soft breakfast may include fruit juice, an egg scrambled, hard boiled or poached toast with butter or margarine and jelly, and a drink
. Clear soup, such as broth, bouillon and Consomme, is easily digested, but keep away onion soup, seafood soup, or chili.
Most vegetables, as long as they are cooked, can be safely eaten. These include carrots and beets, spinach and squash. Avoid raw vegetables.
A light, nourishing lunch consist of juice with an appetizer of meat, fish or bird with a vegetable, and bread with butter or margarine.
Meats such as beef, lamb or calf is allowed as long as they are served in soft form as baked, grilled, boiled or fried. Meats and cooked and smoked meat is not recommended. Chicken and turkey should be well tolerated. Fish-fresh, cooked, frozen or boneless’s good, but fried fish and shellfish, herring and sardines are not recommended
Starches such as baked, boiled, creamed and mashed potatoes can be. included, along with rice and pasta. Avoid French fries, potato salad, hash browns, and bread stuffing.
A dinner menu may include an appetizer of meat, fish or bird with a potato and other vegetables, bread or a roll with butter or margarine, and dessert and a drink.
Desserts and Snacks
Ice cream, sorbets, sauces and gelatin are nice for dessert. Small amounts of candy as toffees and mints, along with honey, jelly and syrup are allowed, but candied fruits, marmalades and jams are prohibited. A soft diet should not include popcorn and potato chips, barbecue, or anything spicy or with seeds or nuts.