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November 6th, 2012

Liquid diet -- new here

Hi, I have been on a mostly liquid diet since the end of June because of an undiagnosed problem.  living on Jello, juice, yogurt and broth has gotten pretty old. I have added some blended smoothies and soups but even soft foods with soft fiber can be painful to digest so I add them with lots of liquid. I am glad to find this group and I am browsing  through your recipes. I have a few recipes that I can share.  Firstly, here is a list of some products I have found that make good ingredients for a mostly liquid diet.

I find ginger helps fight nausea so:

Ener Ginger Gizer (spicy) and Ginger Soother (mild) by the Ginger People. Uncarbonated ginger juice. great to mix with other juices as well as on its own.

Ginger candy to put in my pocket and take in the car:  Candied ginger (cheapest in bulk at the local organic foods shop), Reed's ginger chews, and ginger candies from the Ginger People.

Soy Ginger sauce (various brands. Whole Foods 365 Organics is the organic version I found)

Juices and "milks" that make life more interesting:

[Q: anyone have suggestions of good tasting veggie juices?]

Knudsen's "Just..." juices. Just Blueberry is very easy on the stomach, Just Pomegranate is the best tasting pomegranate I've found so far.  Since these are unsweetened, they can be made sweeter by mixing them with other juices like apple or the ginger juice above. 

Lakewood organic juice (blended)

Odwalla juices and soy shakes -- many of these are blended with citric juice which may be irritating, so check the label. Their carrot juice is good

Pacific Oat Beverage  oat soothes irritation, so this feels comforting. I prefer the vanilla flavor. Pacific makes a wide variety of "milks" to substitute for cow's milk.

Ceres juices - look for them in boxes. several  exotic flavors. I find Papaya, Passion Fruit, Apricot, Mango, and Litchi are great comfort juices.   

Vita Coco young coconut juice is rehydrating, this one tastes pretty good. Other brands are good too -- check the Hispanic foods section.


Note: I have rosemary and sage in my garden so I add a bit of each to the broth and heat it in a mug in the microwave. Another flavoring I have tried an like is dulce seaweed (try an organic market or Whole foods). I fish out the herbs before drinking.  When I feel brave I add some garlic and even poach an egg in the broth or stir it for egg drop soup.  You could also try dry herbs. A tea ball or strainer can help put dry herbs in and then take them out.

Maybe someone can help me find a good Vege broth-- I find many are not very tasty. So far the best I have found is Pacific mushroom broth (box).

Kitchen Basics Turkey Cooking Stock (box)  also comes in chicken an beef.  This is great tasting stock and a break from chicken broth which has become pretty boring for me. I found this at Whole Foods.


Jello makes a new Mango flavor that I have made with Mango juice for half the juice -- very good. The black cherry and raspberry flavors are also good.  I wanted to get away from beef products, though, so I am trying vegetarian gels.

Jeannie makes a vegan jelly desert that I am trying out. It uses carageenan to gel liquid, this adds some soft fiber.  I add a 1/4 cup more liquid than called for in the recipe as the directed amount makes a very firm gel. These are sweetened with sugar.  I tried making the blueberry flavor with unsweetened Knudsen's blueberry juice. This turned out very well.


I am a fan of Stonyfield yogurt because it has a variety of yogurt bacilli for a good probiotic without the high price of some that have "probiotic" on the label. It's also a good tasting yogurt even plain. Comes in regular, Greek, and frozen, as well as low fat and non fat. The nonfat vanilla has a low sugar blend.  I also use the Greek Gods Greek Yogurt, which is a good choice for freezing. 

Freezing equipment:

I find that frozen juice and yogurt  help the pain of what is going on and also provide some variety.  I have an easy to use Cuisinart freezer. I bought a couple of sets of Norpro ice pop makers which you can eat from the pop mold lying down and all. Just pour juice in, cap them, and put them in the freezer. I am experimenting with guar gum to improve texture. I'll post some recipes later.

I hope some of this is userful