Food Suggestions

Eating is a big deal! It brings us joy, comfort, energy and nutrition to heal.

Eating allows us to make good decisions.

 You need to have food intake after surgery.

If your health condition allows without restriction, here is a short list of suggested foods for the first week  after surgery which are easily cleared by your saliva or with water.

Recommended Foods

Water (hydrate properly throughout the day)



Ginger Ale

Sugarless popsicle

Sugarless jello

Sugarless pudding

Smooth Ice cream

Smoothies / Shakes (no berry seeds allowed, no straws allowed, best to use a spoon)



Eggs, scrambled or boiled

String Cheese

Mozzarella Sticks

Plain Hummus


Greek Yogurt

Smooth soups (Chicken noodle, tomato basil, split pea, broths, etc)

Mashed potato, mashed sweet potato, mashed carrots

Very soft buttered noodles

Very soft macaroni and cheese

Boneless fish, mashed

Whipped lentils

Softened, well-cooked meats that can be easily chewed

Turkey slices

Foods to avoid the first week post-op




Raw Vegetables

Strawberries, Kiwis, any berries with tiny seeds

Rice Krispy Treats

Rice, oats, hard grains

Popcorn, tacos, chips

Biscuits / Crackers

Nuts, Peanut Butter

Hard lentils

Spicy foods

Hot foods or liquids 

Parsley, Loose Herbs

Disclaimer: This list is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice or diagnosis from a medical physician.