Sample Menu For Surgical Patients

Good nutrition greatly aids healing. You may want to acquire soft food items and one of the liquid supplements (Carnation Instant Breakfast, Ensure, Boost, EAS, Myoplex, etc.) for use immediately following surgery. Additional suggestions for “easy to eat” foods can be found below:


  • Carnation Instant Breakfast/ Slimfast or any of the above listed liquid supplements
  • Cream of wheat, oatmeal or warm soft cereal
  • Grits (cheese or regular)
  • Soft muffins or rolls (no nuts or seeds)
  • Bananas or soft canned fruits (i.e. peaches, pears)
  • Eggs


  • Canned or homemade soups
  • Broiled or baked fish
  • Meatloaf
  • Tender cuts of meats or chicken
  • Mashed or baked potatoes (white or sweet)
  • Pasta
  • Cheese soufflé
  • Tender, fresh, canned or frozen vegetables
  • Beans cooked until soft
  • Tuna fish or chicken salad (no nuts or celery)
  • Egg salad
  • Creamy peanut butter


  • Ice cream (without nuts)
  • Yogurt (regular or frozen)
  • Baked or sautéed apples (cooked until soft)
  • Cottage cheese
  • Sliced cheeses
  • Cooked prunes
  • Soft cakes (angel food, pound cake)
  • Jell–O and pudding
  • Applesauce

Questions About Which Post-Operative Food Is OK?

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