A soft diet is made up of various foods that are literally soft and therefore easy to chew and swallow. A doctor typically prescribes a soft diet for people who have had any type of head or stomach surgery, or people who have orthodontic or other dental issues. A soft diet avoids foods difficult to chew. For those placed on a soft diet for any type of stomach surgery or experiencing digestive issues, soft food diets also eliminate spicy and gas-producing foods.
Breads and Cereals
Although soft diets eliminate most bread, you can still enjoy softer breads. Cut off the crust and soften in milk, if necessary. You can also enjoy cooked cereal and oatmeal, and cereals softened in milk, as long as they do not contain any nuts.
Fruits and Vegetables
Enjoy bananas and any canned fruit, or puree berries with fruit juice. A soft diet eliminates raw vegetables but you can certainly cook them. Mashed potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes are also included in a soft diet.
Meats and Other Protein
While tough meats are eliminated in a soft diet, you can have ground meat. Get your protein as well from soft scrambled eggs and cooked beans.
Soft cheeses such as ricotta and cottage cheese are permissible in soft diets. You can also enjoy creamy yogurt as long as it is without fruit or granola. Eat treats such as custards, gelatins and ice cream (without nuts).
A soft diet includes soups, such as broths, but you can also have creamy soups, if you want to indulge a little more.