Recipes for a Liquid Diet

Sometimes it’s necessary to follow a liquid diet if solids are not being digested properly. These recipes are tasty and nutritious.

Fruity yogurt sipper

1 large, ripe banana or 2 medium peaches, peeled and pitted
1½ cups whole milk
1 carton (8 ounces) vanilla yogurt
1–2 tablespoons powdered sugar
½ cup ice cubes

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Cut fruit into chunks. Blend all ingredients except ice in a blender until smooth. Add ice one cube at a time, blending until smooth.

With banana:

Yield: 2 cups
Serving size: 1 cup
Per serving:

  • Calories: 330
  • Carbohydrate: 37 g
  • Protein: 12 g
  • Fat: 10 g
  • Saturated fat: 5 g
  • Cholesterol: 34 mg
  • Sodium: 125 mg
  • Fiber: 3 g

Carbohydrate choices: 2½

With peaches:

Yield: 2 cups
Serving size: 1 cup
Per serving:

  • Calories: 310
  • Carbohydrate: 32 g
  • Protein: 13 g
  • Fat: 10 g
  • Saturated fat: 5 g
  • Cholesterol: 34 mg
  • Sodium: 125 mg
  • Fiber: 2 g

Carbohydrate choices: 2

High-protein shake

1 cup protein-fortified, reduced-fat (2%) milk
½ cup regular ice cream
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butterscotch sauce, chocolate sauce, or fruit syrup

Put all ingredients in a blender. Blend at low speed for 10 seconds. For variety, try adding ½ cup banana or 1 tablespoon smooth peanut butter with 2 teaspoons sugar.

With butterscotch sauce:

Yield: 1½ cups
Serving size: 1 cup
Per serving:

  • Calories: 252
  • Carbohydrate: 39 g
  • Protein: 9 g
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Saturated fat: 3 g
  • Cholesterol: 35 mg
  • Sodium: 209 mg
  • Fiber: 0 g

Carbohydrate choices: 2½

With chocolate sauce:

Yield: 1½ cups
Serving size: 1 cup
Per serving:

  • Calories: 276
  • Carbohydrate: 36 g
  • Protein: 10 g
  • Fat: 11 g
  • Saturated fat: 6 g
  • Cholesterol: 35 g
  • Sodium: 201 mg
  • Fiber: 0 g

Carbohydrate choices: 2½

With fruit syrup:

Yield: 1½ cups
Serving size: 1 cup
Per serving:

  • Calories: 257
  • Carbohydrate: 40 g
  • Protein: 8 g
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Saturated fat: 5 g
  • Cholesterol: 35 mg
  • Sodium: 113 mg
  • Fiber: 0 g

Carbohydrate choices: 2½

With banana and chocolate sauce:

Yield: 1½ cups
Serving size: 1 cup
Per serving:

  • Calories: 317
  • Carbohydrate: 49 g
  • Protein: 10 g
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Saturated fat: 5 g
  • Cholesterol: 35 mg
  • Sodium: 201 mg
  • Fiber: 1 g

Carbohydrate choices: 3

With peanut butter, sugar, and chocolate sauce:

Yield: 1½ cups
Serving size: 1 cup

  • Calories: 367
  • Carbohydrate: 36 g
  • Protein: 10 g
  • Fat: 11g
  • Saturated fat: 6 g
  • Cholesterol: 35 g
  • Sodium: 201 mg
  • Fiber: 0 g

Carbohydrate choices: 2½