Pureed foods diet (three to four weeks post-surgery)

Real foods are gradually added back into the diet as surgery wounds continue to heal. Only one kind of new food should be added at a time. During this stage, patients eat three meals and up to three snacks per day, depending on surgeon and dietitian recommendations.

Foods List

This phase allows the liquid diet foods plus:

  • Fat-free cottage cheese
  • Cream soups
  • Creamy peanut and nut butters
  • Pudding
  • Yogurt without fruit chunks
  • Canned fruit
  • Unsweetened applesauce
  • Mashed bananas
  • Silken tofu (the soft kind)
  • Creamed soup
  • Pureed potatoes with water
  • Cream of wheat and farina

Sample Meal Plan

Meal or Snack Foods
Breakfast
  • 2 tablespoons cream of wheat made with fat-free milk
  • 2 tablespoons fat-free plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons applesauce
Snack 1
  • 1/4 cup fat-free cottage cheese
Lunch
  • 1/2 cup pureed cooked squash
  • 8 ounces beef broth with 10 ounces protein powder
  • 2 tablespoons pureed mashed potatoes made with fat-free milk and 1 teaspoon olive oil
Snack 2
  • 2 ounces fat-free ricotta cheese
Dinner
  • 1/4 cup silken tofu pureed with chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup pureed cooked peas
Snack 3
  • 2 ounces sugar-free pudding
  • 1/2 cup pureed soup with 10 grams protein powder

Tips and Guidelines for the Pureed Foods Diet

  • Protein is a main focus and should be eaten first at each meal and snack
  • Stop eating when full, even if it is only after a bite
  • Measure all portions using measuring cups, measuring spoons or food scales
  • A blender to puree food and a strainer to make sure that there are no chunks are two helpful tools for this stage
  • Begin to separate fluids from solids; i.e., have water at least 30 minutes before or after meals and snacks with pureed foods
  • Continue to take recommend vitamin and mineral supplements
  • Limit or eliminate caloric beverages, such as juices
  • Limit the use of protein shakes; they should only be used when patients are having trouble meeting protein needs
  • Each surgeon or dietitian may have slightly different recommendations for allowed foods during this stage