This information will help you follow a clear liquid diet. Keep this resource in your kitchen so you can easily see what you can and can’t eat or drink while on a clear liquid diet.
About a Clear Liquid Diet
A clear liquid diet consists of clear liquids that are easily digested and leave no residue in your intestinal tract. Your doctor may prescribe a clear liquid diet before surgery or a procedure, for the first few meals after surgery or a procedure, or if you have certain digestive problems. Clear liquids don’t have a lot of calories or nutrients, so you shouldn’t stay on a clear liquid diet for longer than recommended by your doctor or nurse.
A clear liquid diet includes only liquids you can see through. Examples are listed in the table below. Don’t eat any solid foods while on a clear liquid diet.
If you’re having a surgery or a procedure, your doctor may tell you to avoid anything red, orange, or purple, including liquids, gelatin, and hard candies. If you have any questions, talk with your nurse.
Examples of Clear Liquids
|Food/Beverage||Drink||Do Not Drink|
||Any products with any particles of dried food or seasoning|
*If you’re allowed to have red, orange, or purple beverages, you may also include Boost® Breeze, Ensure Clear™, or Diabetishield® nutritional drinks for additional calories and protein.Back to top