Liquid diet

Liquid diet options

Liquid diet options

You can read hundreds of pages on the benefits of a liquid diet, but sooner or later you will want to know how you can make use of it in your daily life. Well thought out and structured approach helps you plan your meal options ahead, so you do not have to think about them every day before every meal. Having a predefined set of “permitted” meal combinations makes your eating habits simpler, saves you time, stress and energy. You basically know in advance that your next meals will taste great and at the same time they will provide you with plenty of nutrients to support your body. Isn’t that great?

Food options

Before we mention any liquid diet options, let us figure out what we consider to be liquid food. Liquid food is basically any form of food that you can either drink or lick and finish the entire meal without needing to chew. If it sounds confusing, let us see in practice what possible types of food you can eat on a liquid diet. You can take a look at a liquid diet plan for a more general information on how and what to eat on a liquid diet.

# Smoothies

This is probably the most obvious one. You add some fruits, vegetables, water (it might be coconut water too), possibly some nuts to your blender. You then start your blender and after 2-5 min, depending on the quality and power of your blender, your smoothie will be creamy and ready to drink.

You can find many recipes online, so I will not be bothering you with this in this article, however I can simply share with you what my favourite smoothie is, in case you find you like it too. So, here is the recipe (for 2-3 people to consume):

  • 5 small to average-size oranges,
  • 1 whole small to medium-size pineapple,
  • 4-5 lemons or limes,
  • A bit of a coconut water,
  • If you want it sweeter, you can add some grapes, if you want it to be more creamy – a nectarine or a peach, possibly an apple too.

You put all this in a blender and after 2-3 mins it is ready. Bon appetit!

# Soups

This one is obvious, right? Smoothies are good if your body is asking for a refreshing drink full of vitamins, and in my opinion it should be a good habit to consume them every day. Being on a liquid diet without smoothies is honestly really hard, even quite impossible I would say. However, smoothies are more on the sweet and cold side. Not all people like sweet food, especially during the cold season, or if living in a northern climate.

There are many good soup recipes available, depending on what you like. For example my favourite soups are: lentil soup, tomato soup (known as gazpacho), pumpkin soup and many more. You can obviously make regular soups by cooking them in pots, but similarly to smoothies, soups on a liquid diet require you to make them in a blender, so you do not have to chew them.

# Juices

These are simplest on your digestive system. Juices are very easy to digest. Coffee & teas (without sugar or cream) are even easier. The difference between a fruit smoothie and fruit juice is that juice does not contain fibre.

We always try to drink fruit juices with straws, because fruit juices are quite high in sugar and acid and have the potential to damage tooth enamel. Even if you still use the straw, my suggestion would be to flush your mouth with some water afterwards.

At one point we tried living on orange juice alone. I personally think the best juices are the ones made from oranges and apples. Oranges are comparatively cheap too, 3-4 whole oranges will give you a good glass of juice. It is comparatively more expensive to make juices than smoothies because you need more fruits for the same amount of liquid, but if your body feels tired of all the digestion and you just want to do some juice fasting, it is a great way to give your body a much needed rest.

How much juice to drink is really up to you. We personally try to limit the amount to max. 4 cups a day, because even though fresh juices contain natural sugar, it is still sugar and can be hard on your pancreas and your liver if you are not used to it. Some people also like grape juice, but we found it to be too sweet. I personally find grape juice too extreme and would rather prefer to simply add grapes to smoothies if I want.

# Ice cream, yoghurts, etc

Oh yes, ice cream is also one of the liquid diet options. Just because it is in a frozen state does not make it solid, right? It is just temporarily solid. Depending on what type of ice cream you eat, you need to remove all non-liquid parts (chocolate coating, wafer) and eat only the cream itself. It should not be the main food option on a liquid diet, however if you wish to enjoy ice cream sometimes, I highly recommend choosing a high quality option, especially without artificial additives. The less sugar and fat it has the better. We personally prefer vegan ice cream, where regular sugar is used instead of glucose syrup.

Greek yoghurt is also another dairy (or vegan) product you could eat. There are plenty of different options to choose from and because we ourselves do not eat it, it would be your task to choose one if you decide to try it. But the principle stays the same – choosing only the best ingredients or nothing. The less unnatural ingredients and sugar, the better it is.

# Tea & coffee

Not much to add here, teas and coffee can give you a nice comforting feeling, especially in the cold season. Herbal tea is probably the best option, strong coffee and strong black (or green) tea works more as a stimulant.

# Lemonades, water, sodas, etc.

What can be simpler than adding a few slices of lemons to your water? A homemade lemonade is a good and quick way to refresh your body and hydrate it. Unfortunately, store bought sodas and lemonades often contain nasty sugar and are not so good for you in general, so probably it is best to make your own version of them at home.

Summary

If this is only the beginning of your commitment to trying the liquid diet, then I hope this aforementioned list of possible foods to eat will make your transition to a liquid diet much smoother.