Bland Diet Food List

Low-sodium, low-fat, weight-loss: There are hundreds of diets to help any number of medical conditions. A bland diet is generally prescribed for stomach ailments such as ulcers, chronic heartburn, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and gas and also after stomach or intestinal surgery. People undergoing chemotherapy often eat bland foods to alleviate nausea.

What is a bland diet?

Bland isn't necessarily boring, but foods on a bland diet tend to be soft, low in fiber, not spicy and easy to digest. People on a bland diet should avoid fried or raw foods, alcohol and caffeine. According to Tufts Medical Center, a bland diet won't cure an underlying condition or disease, but it will help manage symptoms.

Foods that are OK to eat

  • Breads, crackers and pasta made with refined white flour
  • Cooked, canned or frozen vegetables
  • Cooked or canned fruit (with skin and seeds removed), such as applesauce, canned peaches or fruit cocktail
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Eggs cooked any way without added fat
  • Fats and oils (fewer than 8 teaspoons per day)
  • Gelatin desserts
  • Fruit and vegetable juices (excluding citrus)
  • Hot cereals, such as oatmeal or cream of wheat
  • Lean meats, such as poultry; whitefish; and steamed, baked or grilled shellfish (with no added fat)
  • Milk and other dairy products (low- or nonfat only)
  • Pudding and custard
  • Rice
  • Soup and broth
  • Tofu
  • Weak tea, herbal tea

Foods to avoid

  • Chocolate
  • Condiments such as mustard, ketchup, vinegar, etc.
  • Cured or smoked meats and fish
  • Dried fruit
  • Fatty dairy foods (whipped cream and ice cream, whole milk, etc.)
  • Fresh fruit, especially citrus and berries
  • Fried foods
  • Pickles and sauerkraut
  • Raw vegetables and any cooked vegetables that make you gassy: broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, corn, cucumber and green peppers
  • Seeds and nuts
  • Spices, such as hot pepper and garlic
  • Strong cheeses, including bleu cheese or Roquefort
  • Sugary foods or foods with a lot of honey in them
  • Whole-grain or bran cereals, breads, crackers or pasta

Also, avoid medicine that contains aspirin or ibuprofen.

Sample Bland Diet Menu

  • Breakfast: Apple juice, scrambled eggs, toast with margarine and jelly, banana and non- or low-fat milk
  • Mid-morning snack: Graham crackers and milk
  • Lunch: Garden vegetable or chicken broth, turkey sandwich with lettuce and mayonnaise, canned pear halves, herbal tea
  • Afternoon snack: Peeled apple or applesauce, crackers and peanut butter
  • Dinner: Tossed salad with a drizzle of olive oil, dinner roll with margarine, baked white fish, rice, steamed carrots, banana or vanilla pudding, milk

Sample healthy bland diet recipe

For people on a bland diet, rice can be their best friend. Here's a basic, no-fail recipe for perfect rice every time:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • Dash of salt

Directions

In a saucepan (at least 1-1/2 quart size pan) bring the salted water to a boil. Add rice, turn the heat down immediately, stir, cover pan tightly with a lid and set a timer for 20 minutes. Do NOT open the lid.

After 20 minutes, turn off the heat and set the covered pan aside for 5 minutes. Uncover, fluff rice with a fork and eat.

Bland diets don't last forever. Follow your doctor's orders, and you may be able to start reintroducing more of your favorite foods before you know it.

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