The goal in this phase is to introduce a few calories into your diet and ready your surgically altered stomach and intestines for food. Doctors vary in their requirements for length of time in this food stage; some as little as a few days to as long as a month or even longer in cases. Stay with your surgeons prescribed time line.

Full liquids include drinks or foods that are smooth and are somewhat pourable. Begin to use protein drinks to give your body the building blocks needed to heal from surgery.

During this phase, foods may continue to have an off taste and some foods, usually dairy products, will cause stomach rumbling and gas. Eliminate milk and use water to blend protein shakes. Focus on fluids and get plenty of rest. It gets better every day!

Full liquids - homemade vegetable soup

Good Choices for Full Liquids to add to your list of Clear Liquids:double chocolate protein pudding


Protein Drinks – Inspire Whey Isolate Protein Powder, Peanut Butter Cookie is excellent

Protein drinks – read labels as to sugar and carb content (<5g sugar or carbs)

Oikois Triple Zero Yogurt – or Chobani Light varieties that do not have sugar or fruit listed in ingredient list – choose smooth varieties

Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk – in dairy case

Smooth creamed soups – puree Progresso Lentil or Minestrone soup in blender until smooth. Creamed refers to texture, not the use of milk or cream.

Make Jello Sugar Free Pudding mix with skim milk and whisk in Inspire Protein powder (instant pudding will not set with almond or soy milk)

Smooth Black Bean Soup blended with PURE Unflavored Whey Protein Isolate – BE recipe follows

Idahoan 100% potato flake whisked into hot chicken broth

Vanilla Egg Custard – our most popular post op recipe!

Tomato Juice or V-8 warmed or chilled

Black Bean Soup

Smooth Black Bean Soup

One, 15-ounce can black beans, drained

1/2 cup mild salsa

1 cup chicken broth

Place beans, salsa, and broth in blender and pulse until very smooth. Heat an individual portion and stir in a scoop of Pure Unflavored Whey Protein Isolate using package directions.