A bland diet is a meal plan prescribed by a doctor due to digestive issues or following surgery. The aim of the bland diet is to allow the stomach to recuperate, with clean foods that are easy to digest. Today we’re presenting some sample meal plans for bland diets, should you ever need to follow one.

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The bland diet explained in detail

A bland diet consists of foodstuffs that are easy to chew and digest. It does not contain fats or strong seasonings, nor foods that stimulate the production of gastric juices or which can irritate the mucus membranes.

A bland diet may vary a lot depending on each patient’s individual context, and can be completely liquid, or semi-liquid, or completely normal in consistency.

A bland diet can be astringent, in other words, designed to stop problems with diarrhoea, in which case it should not only be easy to digest but should also include foods that result in better stool consistency; or it can be a diet prescribed for those with dysphagia or problems swallowing, in which case the texture is the priority.

The most common foods in a bland diet are:

  • Baked or boiled chicken or fish, with fat removed.

  • Boiled eggs or omelette.

  • White rice.

  • Fruit preserves, such as banana, pear or apple.

  • Jelly.

  • Boiled or steamed potatoes.

  • Some vegetables are allowed as long as they are not too fibre-rich, or raw. These should ideally be pureed.

  • Non-wholegrain cereals, and bread without the crusts.

  • Dairy products, ideally lactose-free. Fat-free yoghurt and dairy products, such as fresh cheese.

  • Fat-skimmed soups and broths.

  • Herbal teas and water.

 

The following are advised against:

Alcohol, soft drinks, caffeine, sauces, citrus fruits, vinegar, fried foods, sweets, spicy foods and pulses.

In general, a bland diet should be low in fat, low in fibre, and low in simple sugars.

Weekly meal plan for a bland diet

You don’t usually have to stick to a bland diet for more than four or five days, except in the case of surgery, where a doctor will monitor follow-up. Even so, we have created a week-long meal plan in case you’d like to give your stomach a rest.

Breakfast: try to drink some juice or eat fruit such as bananas or apples, and a yoghurt or some crispbreads with fresh cheese, or cooked turkey. Just because it’s ‘clean’ doesn’t mean it stops being a healthy breakfast.

Mid-morning and snacks: Eat a pear or apple, or have some herbal tea and some digestive biscuits.

Monday
Lunch: White rice and grilled chicken.
Dinner: Baked white fish with carrots.
Tuesday
Lunch: Noodle soup and French omelette.
Dinner: Pumpkin puree with potatoes and boiled ham.
Wednesday
Lunch: Hake with roast potatoes.
Dinner: cream of carrot soup and boiled egg.
Thursday
Food: Green beans and beef steak.
Dinner: Rice with artichokes.
Friday
Food: Sole with boiled potatoes.
Dinner: Ham and cheese sandwich.
Saturday
Food: pasta with homemade tomato sauce and grilled tenderloin.
Dinner: Cream of asparagus soup and French omelette with ham.
Sunday:
Food: Baked chicken with potatoes.
Dinner: Salad of lettuce, cherry tomatoes and fresh cheese.

For dessert you can have fresh cheese with quince, fat-free yoghurt or apple sauce.

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