Feeding and Swallowing Clinic

The pureed solid diet is made up of smooth, moist, blended food. The food should be thick enough to hold its form in the mouth. This diet does not require a person to chew his or her food. A pureed solid diet is often recommended for individuals who have trouble chewing and/or swallowing more textured foods.

The easiest way to prepare foods for the pureed solid diet is to puree table foods in a blender or food processor and then strain them. Commercially prepared baby foods can also be used, although their different taste sometimes makes it difficult to transition back to table food. The following is a list of some foods that may be acceptable and some foods that should be avoided for a pureed solid diet.

ACCEPTABLE

     
  • applesauce, pureed fruits & vegetables (without seeds)
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  • plain yogurt, milkshakes, pudding
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  • Cream of Wheat, other cooked cereals
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  • mashed potatoes
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  • soft cooked eggs
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  • almost anything that you can puree in the blender

AVOID

     
  • chunky soups
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  • hard cheeses, cottage cheese
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  • all breads, dry cereal
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  • rice
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  • nuts

A person who is following the pureed solid diet should be encouraged to eat a wide variety of foods from all of the food groups. His or her food preferences should be incorporated into daily meals. However, it is important to consult with the person's doctor or dietitian to find out exactly what foods are safe for the person to eat. With the help of these professionals, a person on the pureed solid diet will be able to eat safely and meet their nutritional needs.