Fluid diet - full
This document is part of the ACI Diet Specifications for Adult Inpatients. It is not to be used for patient education.
To provide a diet of liquids.
Liquid foods that require no chewing.
A temporary transition from clear fluids to normal diet as indicated (e.g. post surgery or procedure)
This diet is inadequate in many nutrients and should not be used as the sole source of nutritional support for more than three days, unless appropriate supplements are used.
Patients may not receive a menu.
Patients ordered this diet should be monitored regularly to ensure adequate dietary intake.
Suitable for use in paediatrics when combined with an age-appropriate diet.
Specific menu planning guidelines
|Hot main dishes||None||-|
|Starchy vegetables / pasta / rice||None||-|
<1.5g fibre per serve
Soups without visible food pieces including homogenised or pureed soups (all band 1)
Soups with visible food pieces
|Breads, cereals||Strained rolled oats, semolina or rice cereal with milk, sugar or honey|
Other breakfast cereals
|Hot breakfast choices||None||-|
Smooth yoghurt without fruit pieces
|Yoghurt with visible fruit or nuts|
|Desserts||Plain jelly, plain smooth ice-cream, soft custard and smooth milk desserts (e.g. mousse, creme caramel)|
|Milk and cheese||Plain and flavoured milk or dairy alternatives|
Fruit juice, water, milk, tea and coffee
Cordial and soft drink are allowed but minimised to maximise nutrient intake
Strained vegetable juices
Nutrition supplements may be required
Note: Milk powder, protein powder or glucose polymer may be added to drinks or soups to increase energy content
Sugar, sweetener, salt, pepper, thin cream
- Dietitians Association of Australia. Nutrition manual. 9th ed. Canberra: DAA; 2014