- Rice (cooked with additional water to make it softer)
- Soup (liquid portion only)
- Mung beans with malunggay leaves (meat may be added, but should be softened or shredded)
Preparing soft food
Despite their reputation as a “bland” diet, soft diets can still be tasty. Depending on the restrictions of your diet, you can add salt and herbs to improve the taste of your dishes. Using a blender or food processor can make preparing your meals much easier, though many of the dishes in the soft diet meal plan can be made using a handheld potato masher or a food mill. You can even try preparing and storing some food in jars or plastic containers several days ahead.
Because a soft diet meal plan is prescribed to make digestion easier, it is best to avoid food that can disrupt your digestive system. It is not recommended to include spicy, oily, raw, or processed food. It is also best to avoid acidic fruit juice, coffee, and alcohol. Drink plenty of water, especially if you need to take medications in addition to the diet.
It is important to note that while a soft food diet may look or taste different, it should still be nutritious. Working with your doctor and/or a dietitian is a great way to ensure that your diet is providing you with all the necessary nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Consult a medical professional before adding new food items to your soft food diet meal plan. It may also be helpful to keep a log of what you consume.
A soft food diet may not be the most glamorous or trendy diet, but it is a necessity for some people. For most, sticking to a soft food diet may be temporary, but for others with chronic conditions it may be a long-term recommendation. There is a wide variety of food that can be part of the soft food diet with proper preparation.
Speak to your doctor or dietitian for more information and guidelines regarding your soft food diet meal plan.
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