Liquid Diet Recipes for Cancer Patients

Liquid Diet Recipes for Cancer Patients

Cancer patients who are undergoing grueling cancer treatment with large dosage of medications, radiation therapy and chemotherapy, do suffer with discomfort and complications related with the digestive system. It is seen that many of such patients often suffer with changes in appetite and intestinal discomfort. On the other hand, patients who are suffering with gastric cancer, intestinal cancer, throat cancer and other such types of cancers create problems in chewing, engulfing and digestion of the food for the patients.
In such cases, they are suggested to consume a liquid diet. Doctors also prescribe the patients to go on a liquid diet before cancer surgeries that are performed on any of the digestive organs. Liquid diet is said to be ideal for purification and cleaning of the digestive system. Along with that, liquid diet also provides ample nutritional values which are needed by the human body. In the article below, we will try to learn more about preparing liquid diet recipes which are healthy for cancer patients.
Best Liquid Diet Recipes For Cancer Patients
Before moving ahead with the recipes, you need to learn about few liquid diet ideas, which are pretty easy to incorporate in the diet of cancer patients. There are three types of liquid diets, namely, clear liquid diet, full liquid diet and soft diet. As the name suggests, clear liquid diet doesn’t contain any traces of solid foods (fruit juice, vegetable stock).
Full liquid diet on the other hand is made of liquid foods which are not entirely liquid (pureed juice, soups). Soft diet on the other hand, is all about extremely soft and mushy foods which are pretty easy to chew as well as digest (mashed fruits, mashed potatoes and other vegetables). When you need to prepare liquid diet plans for cancer patients, you need to make sure that you are following the exact plan which is prescribed by the healthcare provider and dietitian. You also need to refrain from the foods which may trigger any allergic reaction for the cancer patients. Apart from the above mentioned diets, many times dietitians may also advice diets like fiber restricted diet and low lactose diets. In such cases, you need to provide patients with the foods which are ideal for that particular requirement.
Fortified Milk
This is an excellent recipe for full liquid diet. However, if the patient is advised to have a low lactose or no lactose diet, then you may not use this recipe. You may like to use soy milk or any other lactose free form of milk, but in such cases it is always advised to consult with the healthcare provider first.

  • Milk, 1 quart
  • Nonfat dry milk powder, 1 cup


Add milk in a bowl and add dry milk powder to it. Use the beater to dissolve the milk powder completely. Put the bowl in the refrigerator. Freezing of fortified milk enhances its flavor.

Clear Celery Soup
This is one of the ideal recipes for clear liquid diet before surgery, which you can provide to the cancer patients. As I mentioned above, you may need to discuss with the healthcare provider first.

  • Finely chopped celery, 1
  • Finely chopped onion, 1
  • Uncooked vermicelli, 1 oz
  • Butter, 2 oz
  • Water, 4 pints
  • Blade mace, 1
  • A pinch of salt and pepper


Heat the butter in a saucepan and sauté chopped onion in it, until turned brown. Then add finely chopped celery, mace, water, salt and pepper to it. Heat the mixture on medium flame, until the celery is thoroughly cooked. Once it is cooked, remove water from the pan and cook the vermicelli in it. Now, serve the cooked celery with this vermicelli.

Fruit Flavored Yogurt
Along with being a healthy liquid diet recipe for cancer patients, this is also a good recipes for those who are suffering with digestive problems.

  • Whole milk, 2 cups
  • Vanilla yogurt, 10 oz
  • Ripe banana, 1
  • Sugar, 2 tablespoons
  • Ice cubes (optional)


Cut the fruits and put them in the blender, along with yogurt, milk and sugar. Blend all the ingredients well and keep on blending while you add ice cubes one by one in the mixture. Once it becomes smooth, the yogurt is ready to serve!

Mung Bean Soup
Mung Bean Soup, which is prepared with chrysanthemum and honeysuckle is also a good liquid diet. Here are the directions.

  • Mung beans, 50g
  • Honeysuckle, 30g
  • Chrysanthemum, 10g

Clean the mung beans and put them in a skillet. Add around 3 cups of water and cook them for about 30 minutes by covering the skillet. Until the beans get cooked, put chrysanthemum and honeysuckle in a clay pot and add 3 cups of water to it. Decoct them for about 15 minutes. Filter and leave the liquid part aside. Beat the cooked beans well and then add the chrysanthemum and honeysuckle soup to it. Combine well and serve.

Cabbage Soup
Cabbage soup is one of the healthy liquid diet recipes for weight loss as well. You can also use ingredients like garlic and various herbs for making this soup.

  • Finely chopped cabbage, 1 small
  • Finely chopped green tomatoes, 2 small
  • Finely chopped onions, 2 small
  • Finely ground black peppers, 2
  • Finely chopped green peppers, 2
  • Sliced carrots, 4 slices
  • Sliced beans, ½ cup
  • Celery stalks, 5
  • Apple cider vinegar, ½ cup
  • Chopped thyme leaves, 1 teaspoon
  • Olive oil, for cooking
  • Salt, to taste
Heat up a skillet and sauté the tomatoes for about five minutes. Then add all the vegetables and stir them well. After a few minutes, add vinegar, black pepper, thyme and around 6 glasses of water to the skillet. Bring the mixture to simmer for about 1 hour. Add salt at the end and strain the soup in a deep bowl. Your cabbage soup is ready to serve.
As I am stating it repeatedly, you need to consult any dietary changes that you make in the cancer diet, with the professional dietitian.