Liquid diet is a good diet if you want to remove stress from your digestive system, but it is not limited to only that. You can also use the liquid diet to make your eating habits simpler, to save extra time, money and so on. People also often notice their lives positively changing when they go on a liquid diet.
With all of the reasons mentioned above, I honestly believe that going on a liquid diet voluntarily is one of the best decisions one can make. Some people may find to like it more, some people less. Nevertheless, having some nice and simple recipes is worth it, so let’s jump straight into it.
Liquid diet can be classified as either a clear liquid diet, which means no fibre or pulp is added, or as a regular liquid diet with fibre being present. Depending on this, your meals will look and taste differently. I will be focusing more on regular liquid diet recipes, because it is more commonly used and also because a clear liquid diet does not really differ much from a juice diet (or juice fast), except for maybe having hot soups.
The main two meal types on a regular non-clear liquid diet are smoothies and soups. The main difference between the two is that for soups you generally use more vegetables than fruits and that you cook them instead of simply blending. For smoothies you mostly use fruits and blend them in a blender without heating them up, whereas when making soup you either blend the hot soup mass in a suitable heat-proof blender or use something like a soup cooker.
I will provide a few examples of smoothies and soups which you can then modify according to your liking. Different people obviously have different tastes, so a good thing to remember is that all these smoothies and soups can be made with different fruits, vegetables and in different proportions. An important thing to mention is that it is good to know which fruits and vegetables can be combined and which cannot. This aspect will be explained later too. This will give you the much needed confidence to try and create your own recipes.
Smoothies – vitamin bombs that make you feel geat
Which fruits to combine and which combinations to avoid
Since most of the smoothie content is fruits, it is good to know how to combine them, because not all of them are compatible with each other. I will not go into details in this article as to why they are compatible or not, leaving this for you to do your own research.
Following are the fruit categories out there:
- Sweet fruits: bananas, dates, figs, coconuts, persimmons, dried fruits, etc.
- Sub-acid fruits: apples, apricots, grapes, peaches, mangoes, ripe oranges, etc.
- Acid fruits: grapefruits, kiwis, lemons, limes, unripe oranges, etc.
- Berries: blueberries, blackberries, etc.
- Melons: cantaloupes, honeydews, watermelons, etc.
So the fruit combination rules are the following:
- Acid fruits combine well with sub-acid fruits and berries.
- Acid fruits do NOT combine well with sweet fruits or melons.
- Sweet fruits combine well with sub-acid fruits and berries.
- Sweet fruits do NOT combine well with acid fruits or melons.
- Melons should be eaten alone, best before any other fruits.
Simple smoothie recipes
“Sub-tropical” smoothie recipe (for 2 persons):
- 5 average-sized oranges
- 1 whole medium size pineapple (without the middle part)
- Juice of 5 lemons or limes
- A bit of coconut water
- Optionally 1 apple or kiwi
“Sweet” smoothie recipe:
Same as the “sub-tropical” one but with added grapes for sweetness and with less pineapple
“Berry” smoothie recipe:
- Fresh or frozen berries, can be single type or combined
- Oranges (or orange juice if you prefer it to be more liquid)
- A cup of coconut water
You can notice that I do not use bananas in any of my smoothie recipes, even though it is a very popular fruit among many. I find it unfit for the people who are not native to the countries where bananas grow. There is too much starch in them for the European people. Same goes for other tropical fruits like papaya, mango, jackfruit, etc.
Hot soups – to warm you up in cold season
Soups are great meals to give you physical and even mental comfort in a colder season, they can also be used as a tool to calm down your nervous system and to relax. Also, soups with added salt will help you balance the sweetness found in most smoothies.
Although you can make soup from pretty much any raw ingredient, here I will focus only on plant-based soup recipes and only on some vegetable types. This is because from my experience not all vegetables are as easy on the digestive system as others.
- Dried lentils: they need to be soaked and rinsed in water before being used
- Some tomatoes/paprikas
- Olive oil to your taste
- Salt: high quality sea salt recommended
Soup should be ready in 30 mins.
Simple mushroom soup (2 portions):
- 4 portobello mushrooms
- Two cups of frozen mix of green peas and corn (it is better to avoid a lot of corn)
- Some dill, parsley or other herbs for taste
- Some salt for taste – better to use high quality sea salt
- 1 Carrot
You simply chop mushrooms and carrots, put everything to cook in a pot for around 20 mins.
You can obviously use a heat resistant blender to blend everything up after you have finished cooking your soup, or you can use a soup cooker with a blending capability. I have some more information on liquid diet soups if you are interested.
This article has covered only a few smoothie and soup recipes, but you will find that it is very easy to make different combinations – all you need is simply to experiment yourself to find what you like.