The easy-to-digest diet: easy-to-digest foods, recipes, tables and diet effects

An easy-to-digest diet will help you recover from gastrointestinal problems.

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I would venture to say that an easy-to-digest diet is useful for everyone at least once. That's why it's worth knowing its principles - in case of poisoning, stomach flu or other problems with the digestive system.

Easily digestible food will help calm the raging intestines during diarrhoea or soothe the stomach when tired of mucositis. This feeding model will work for both children and seniors. Below you will find all about how to prepare meals when the digestive system needs a respite.

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From this article you will learn:

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  • What an easy-to-digest diet is.
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  • What foods are recommended in this dietary model.
  • What to avoid.
  • What to avoid to make meals easily digestible.
  • What to avoid.
  • How to prepare food so that it is easy to digest.
  • How to prepare food so that it is easy to digest.
  • Who should benefit from an easily digestible diet.
  • How to prepare food for easy digestion.
  • How to prepare simple and easily digestible dishes.
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What is an easy-to-digest diet?

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A light diet, otherwise known as an easy-to-digest diet, is a modification of the basic diet, aimed at relieving the burden on the digestive system. This diet should provide you with the same number of kilocalories and nutrients as a standard dietand.

The changes you make to your diet mainly involve reducing foods that are difficult to digest and linger in the gut for a long time. These include, for example, large amounts of fibre (especially the fractions that are only broken down in the intestines), as well as fried, fatty foodsand.

On an easy-to-digest diet, foods that cause increased secretion of gastric juices (e.g. spicy foods) and those that cause bloating (legumes and brassica vegetables) should also be eliminated. Alcohol and caffeine are also prohibited - as well as irritating the gastric mucosa, they can also cause diastasis of the lower oesophageal sphincter, which promotes refluxand.

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It is also worth noting that an easy-to-digest diet is in most cases good for a limited period of time, e.g. in the course of gastric complaints or convalescence after certain operations. Once the reason for its use has passed, most patients can return to their standard dietand.

Meal preparation principles

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A light diet should be based on frequent but small portions. Eating 4-6 meals a day is optimal. However, avoid eating two large portions, such as breakfast and dinner. Excessive amounts of food taken in at once will strain the digestive system, even if the food is easily digestible.

By eating more smaller meals, you will ensure better digestion and absorption of nutrients and regulation of insulin metabolism, which also has a positive impact on your health and well-beingand.

And here are some simple tips on how to prepare meals on an easy-to-digest dietand:

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  • The more overcooked a food is, the easier it is to digest. When you cook, the dietary fibre content of fruit and vegetables is reduced.
  • Blending, grinding or mashing through a sieve also improves the digestibility of foods.
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  • Avoid eating raw vegetables and fruits, as well as whole grain products and seeds and seeds.
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  • Remove skins and seeds from vegetables and fruits before eating.
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  • Choose boiling, steaming, stewing or baking in foil, sleeves or under a lid when handling food.
  • The softer the food, the easier it is to digest. To make the food fluffier, you can add foam from beaten egg whites to the food, and soaked breadcrumbs to meat dishes.
  • The softer the food, the easier it is to digest.
  • Soups and sauces are best thickened with flour diluted in water or milk. Potato starch (flour) also works well in this role - a small amount is enough. It distributes well in liquids and does not form unsightly lumps.
  • Eat your last meal 2-3 hours before bedtime. At night your intestines also want to go to sleep. Eating before a night's rest will either cause indigestion and a long lingering of food in your digestive system, or... make it difficult for you to fall asleep.
  • The following is a good example of this.
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Remember the basics

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On an easy-to-digest diet, as with any diet, remember to drink enough fluids. It is recommended to drink approximately 30 ml/kg body weight per day.

Rigestible foods - table

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Product/meal group

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Specific examplesand

Bread

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White breads and rolls, preferably stale

Other cereal products

White rice

Wheat flour

Barley groats

Barley groats

Manna groats

Marshmallow groats

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Fine white pasta

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Vegetables

Cooked, roasted and stewed, especially:

Carrots

Vegetables.

Carrots

Potatoes

Beetroot

Spinach

Parsley

Selery

Cabbage

Pumpkin

Skinless tomato

Fruits

Apples

Bananas

Morels

Beaches

Blueberries

Blueberries

- preferably also subjected to heat treatment (baking, stewing, cooking)

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Fats

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Good quality fats, added to food cold. In particular:

Olive oil

Rape seed oil

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Flaxseed oil

Fresh butter

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Meat

Lean cuts of meat without skin:

Chicken breast, turkey

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Beef and veal: sirloin,

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Stroke, shoulder, brisket

Good quality lean meats: ham, loin,

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tenderloin, fillet

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Fish

Dorghum

Sole

Mintain

Rabaga trout

Sanders

Perch

Pike

Aggs

Shirted and soft-boiled

Omelets and scrambled eggs cooked by steaming or fried fat-free

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Food

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Natural yoghurt

Kefir

Skyr, kvarg

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Sour milk

Sour milk

Buttermilk

Skim or semi-skimmed quark

Low-fat milk (<2%)

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Low-fat yellow cheese (e.g. gouda type)

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Soups

Cleeks and well-cooked oatmeal

Tomato

Tomato soup

Potato

Potato soup

Vegetable soup (made from permitted vegetables)

Vegetable broth

Skim broth

Krupnik

Beverages

Non-carbonated water

Low tea

Compote

Preparations

Thyme

Basil

Rosemary

Cinnamon

Lupine

Vanilla

Mayberry

Dill

Parsley leaves

20 questions about digestibility

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Is cauliflower easy to digest?

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On an easy-to-digest diet, cauliflower is allowed in limited quantities. The vegetable contains quite a lot of fibre, but you can reduce the fibre content by cooking it.

Whether milk is indigestible

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Skim milk up to 2% is considered easily digestible, but only for people who do not have problems with lactose intolerance. If you suffer from this problem, opt for lactose-reduced milk, or so-called lactose-free milk or plant-based drinks.

Is the tomato easily digestible?

Yes, the tomato is an easily digestible vegetable, but provided you remove the skin.

Are peppers easily digestible?

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No, both sweet and hot varieties of peppers are hard to digest. In addition, spicy peppers can irritate the mucous membrane of the stomach.

No.

Is spinach easily digestible?

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Spinach can be digestible if you cook it or stew it. When on an easily digestible diet, do not eat it raw.

Is an apple digestible?

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To make an apple easily digestible, peel it and cut out the seeds. Then boil, stew or bake it. For even greater digestibility, you can also grate or blend them into a mousse before cooking.

Apples can also be eaten in a variety of ways.

Are green beans easily digestible?

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Asparagus beans can be digestible if they are young. For the older ones, remove all the tough fibres. Also remember the correct cooking time.

Eat a small portion and observe how you feel. If you experience any digestive discomfort, avoid it next time. At least until you have completed your easy-to-digest diet.

Cooking.

Are bananas easily digestible?

Yes, bananas are one of the easily digestible fruits recommended on an easy-to-digest diet.

Is pudding easily digestible?

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Yes, pudding is one of those sweet snacks you can opt for on an easy-to-digest diet. However, be careful about the milk you use to make it. If you are lactose intolerant, choose lactose-free milk lactose-free.

Is yoghurt easily digestible?

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Yes, yoghurt is easily digestible and can contain probiotics that support the digestive system. Yoghurt (especially natural yoghurt, without extra sugar, flavour enhancers or colourings), will be a good addition of calcium to your menu. However, if you suffer from small intestinal bacterial overgrowth syndrome (SIBO), rather avoid it.

Is yellow cheese easily digestible?

On an easy-to-digest diet, it is best to steer clear of full-fat yellow cheeses with a sharp taste and aroma, as well as smoked ones. If you can't imagine breakfast without a yellow cheese and tomato sandwich, choose one with a mild flavour and reduced fat content.

If you can't imagine breakfast without a yellow cheese and tomato sandwich, choose one with a mild flavour and reduced fat content.

Is mozzarella easy to digest?

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Mozzarella can be digestible if you choose one that is reduced in fat (so-called light).

Are strawberries easily digestible?

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Strawberries, due to their fine seed content, cannot be considered easily digestible. On the other hand, blending them into a mousse and rubbing them through a sieve makes them easily digestible.
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Is chocolate easy to digest?

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Unfortunately - chocolate is not easily digestible. On this type of diet, it should be avoided.

Is it easy to digest?

Is cucumber easily digestible?

Cucumber is one of the hard to digest vegetables. On top of that, experts report that most patients on an easy-to-digest diet react badly to it. It is better to eliminate it from the menu for the necessary time.

Is coffee indigestible?

Coffee can act as an irritant to the stomach. In addition, it can also promote excessive relaxation of the lower oesophageal sphincter. On an easy-to-digest diet, it is recommended to give up this drink, especially if you like strong black coffee. You can replace black coffee with cereal coffee.

Are beetroots easily digestible?

Yes, beetroots are one of the recommended vegetables in an easy-to-digest diet. They are perfect for roasting, boiling in water and steaming. They can be used as an ingredient in soups or as a side dish in grated form.

Beetroot.

Is cottage cheese easily digestible?

Cottage cheese will be easily digestible if you opt for its lean or semi-skimmed variant. Also, remember to only consume fresh white cheese - keep an eye on the use-by date as it is a product that goes rancid quickly.

Are sponge cakes easily digestible?

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Yes, sponge cakes are easily digestible. If you are tempted to eat some cake on an easy-to-digest diet, they will be a good choice. Be aware, however, that they are a source of simple sugars that should be avoided.

Are nuts easy to digest?

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No, nuts - although very healthy - are hard to digest. They contain a lot of fat and fibre, so on an easy-to-digest diet they should be avoided.

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What's sweet on an easy-to-digest diet?

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Everyone craves a sweet something sometimes. Even on an easy-to-digest diet, you don't have to give up small pleasures and desserts altogether. The following are ideal for this role:

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  • pudding,
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  • kisel,
  • fruit mousses
  • jellies,
  • galloons
  • biscuits,
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  • biscuits (sugar-free or gluten-free),
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  • yeast cakes,
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Heavy-digestible foods - table

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You already know what is recommended. Now see what to absolutely avoid on an indigestible diet.

Group of products/meals

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Specific examples

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Bread

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Whole grain breads and rolls

With lots of grains

Sweet yeast breads

Breads and rolls

With lots of grains.

Sweet yeast cakes, doughnuts

Croissants

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Other cereal products

Sweetened breakfast cereals

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Brown rice

Wholemeal pasta

Wheat pasta

Wheat groats

Wheat groats

Bread groats

Wheat groats

Whole-wheat flour

Vegetables

Paprika

Radish

Rhubarb

Chives

Cabbage

Corn

Onion

Clove

Fried potatoes (Chips, skins, balls)

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Vegetables preserved with vinegar

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Pulses

Vegetables preserved with vinegar

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Fruits

Pears

Plums

Cherries

All unripe fruits

Fats

Salt

Palm oil

Coconut oil

Baking margarine

Margarine.

Meat

Fatty parts of beef

Mutton

Guest

Duck

Pork, in particular: pork neck

beef, shank

Bacon, knuckle of pork, lard

Fatty sausage products: mince, bacon rolls, sausages, sausages, pâté, black pudding

Tartar

Fish

Sushi

Smoked fish

Smoked fish

Conserved fish

Eggs

Sautéed, hard-boiled,

Sautéed.

With mayonnaise

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Beans

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Fat milk (more than 2% fat)

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Fat cream (over 18% fat)

Melted cheeses

Moulded cheese

Powdered milk

Milk powder

Sweetened condensed milk

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Soups

Grochowka

Basil soup

Capuccino soup

Mexican

Soup

Soups thickened with fatty cream or roux

Soups that have been thickened with fatty cream or roux

Instant soups and soups based on ready-made stock cubes

Beverages

Strong coffee

Strong tea

Carbonated beverages

Drinking chocolate

Dessert drinks with whipped cream

Alcohol

Spices

Hot pepper

Mustard

Mayonnaise

Pickles

Wine vinegar

Mustard

Cayenne pepper

Sauces

Tabasco and other spicy ones

Béchamel

Powdered sauces

Thickened with roux or fatty cream

Cheese-based

Bechamel

Sauces based on cheese

Cheese-based

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Sweets and desserts

. Cakes

Cakes with cream

Cakes based on puff pastry

Batons

Those deep-fried (e.g. fritters)

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Chocolate and products containing it

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In addition to the foods that are recommended and those advised against by experts, there is a whole group of foods that seem to have a status quo. These include, for example, vegetables such as cauliflower or broccoli, fatty fish (such as salmon) or graham bread. Interestingly, representatives of legumes - young beans and fresh peasand.

also belong to this group.

Such foods can be eaten, but it is worth doing so in moderation and paying a lot of attention to how they are prepared. There is a difference whether you eat steamed halibut or fried halibut in a batter.

See also the following.

Also watch your digestive system's reaction to the foods in question. Everyone's digestive system is a little different, so different products can harm it. If you suffer from bloating, persistent belching or other digestive discomfort after a certain food, it means that it is best to avoid the ingredient in question or to get your body used to it very slowly.

When to use a food that has been baked in a certain way.

When is an easy-to-digest diet used?

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A light digestive diet is a temporary diet that you switch to in order to relieve stress on the digestive system. It can also be recommended in certain situations, as a permanent dietary model for the elderly or those with particularly severe irritable bowel syndrome. It is also a diet that is recommended for cancers of the digestive systemand.

A light digestive diet for the stomach and intestines

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Most often you will follow an easily digestible diet if you have stomach problems: vomiting, nausea or diarrhoea. These can result from poisoning or a bacterial or viral infection. Easily digestible food will also work well in exacerbations of Crohn's disease or inflammatory bowel diseaseand.

relieving the gastrointestinal tract in these ailments speeds up recovery and can inhibit their symptoms (especially diarrhoea and vomiting). With an easy-to-digest diet, less digestive acid is produced in the stomach, and the intestines can calm their peristalsis because they don't have to get rid of long-standing fibreand.

A light diet after surgery

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A light digestive diet is also recommended after surgical procedures on the digestive system. These will include bariatric surgery, surgery on the intestines or, for example, excision of the gallbladder. By calming down the digestive system, its shells, which were damaged during the operation, will be able to recover more quickly. And you will experience fewer negative symptoms associated with its disturbed workand.

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Easy-to-digest diet before tests

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During certain examinations, it is better not to have undigested food content lingering in your intestines and stomach. These include, but are not limited to, ultrasound of the abdominal and intestinal area, abdominal X-ray and colonoscopyand.

This is why it is recommended to follow an easy-to-digest diet the day before imaging studies.

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More restrictions are associated with colonoscopy examinations. Here, at least two days before the examination date, you need to go on an anorexia-free diet, i.e. one that completely excludes fibreand.

At least two days before the examination date, you need to follow an easy-to-digest diet.

Before your colonoscopy, however, you will be instructed in detail what you can eat and when. You will also be given laxative medication.

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Digestible diet for children

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For children, an easy-to-digest diet is used in the same cases as for adults. Most commonly, the paediatrician recommends it for abdominal pain, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting. The principles of the easy-to-digest diet are also no different for young patients. It is still based on limiting the amount of fibre and on heavy and bloating productsand.

Foods should be cooked in water or steamed, stewed or baked covered. Serve your child lean meat, cooked vegetables, and, as a sweet snack, cooked or baked fruit.

Food.

Easy-to-digest diet - effects

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The primary effect of an easy-to-digest diet is to relieve the strain on the digestive system and allow its organs to regenerate. A secondary result is also a reduction in symptoms from the digestive systemand.

Through an easily digestible diet you can reduce or eliminate :

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  • diarrhoea,
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  • vomiting,
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  • nausea,
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  • reflux,
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  • incestion,
  • incontinence,
  • diarrhoea,
  • diarrhoea,
  • incontinence
  • congestion and excessive gas,
  • excessive vomiting,
  • incontinence,
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  • stomach pains,
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  • backflow of bile in the digestive tract,
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Easy-to-digest diet - recipes

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The menu of the easy-to-digest diet is really simple. It consists of slight modifications to the products used and the way they are processed.

Light digestive diet

The diet is really simple.

Easy-digestion diet: breakfast

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Rice with apples

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Report for 2 portions

Ingredients:

  • 100 g white rice
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  • ½ kg sweet apples
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  • Lemon juice
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  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
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  • 2 tbsp yoghurt
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Preparation method:

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Peel and grate the apples. Sprinkle with lemon juice to prevent them from turning brown. Add a splash of water to a pan or saucepan, place the apples in the pan and simmer until soft. Season with half the cinnamon.

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Cook the rice according to the recipe on the packet. Mix with the apples and yoghurt and put into two bowls. Sprinkle with remaining cinnamon.

Diet lightly.

Easy-to-digest diet: dinner recipes

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Chicken dish

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Report for 2 portions

Ingredients:

  • About 200 g chicken breast fillet
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  • 2 carrots
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  • A teaspoon of potato flour
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  • 50 ml skim milk
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  • Fresh dill
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  • Salt to taste
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Preparation method:

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Clean the meat, peel the carrots and put them in a pot. Pour in water so that it covers the ingredients. Cook over a low heat for about 45 minutes - until the ingredients are tender. Season with salt.

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Remove the meat and carrots from the broth. Set aside to cool. Pour off about 300 ml of the broth in which the ingredients were cooked.

Pour off about 300 ml of the broth.

Pick the meat with a fork or chop quite finely. Grate the carrots. Pour the stock into a saucepan or tall pan and bring it to the boil. Pour over the chicken and vegetables and simmer for another 5 minutes.

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In a glass, mix a teaspoon of potato flour with the milk. Pour the slurry into the dish, stirring constantly to distribute it well. Bring to the boil again. Finally, add the finely chopped dill.

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Serve with white rice or barley porridge.

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Baked chicken breast

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Recipe for 2 servings

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Ingredients:

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  • About 200 g chicken breast fillet
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  • A pinch each of: thyme, oregano and marjoram
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  • Salt to taste
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  • A few drops of olive oil
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  • A baking sheet
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Method of preparation:

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Heat the oven to 180 degrees. Wash and dry the chicken. Rub it with salt. Pour the spices into a small bowl, add a few drops of olive oil and mix. Thoroughly spread the herbs over the meat.

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Place the chicken in a baking sleeve, make a few small holes in it (e.g. with a toothpick). Place in the oven and bake for approximately 45-55 minutes.

Place in the oven and bake for approximately 45-55 minutes.

Easy-to-digest diet: dinner

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Simmered scrambled eggs

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Ingredients:

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  • 2 eggs
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  • A teaspoon of skim milk
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  • Pinch of salt
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  • Fine chopped dill
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Method of preparation:

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Remove the eggs from the refrigerator half an hour before preparing the dish.

Remove the eggs from the refrigerator half an hour before preparing the dish.

Choose a pot and a metal bowl to go with it - the idea is that it can be set on the edges of the pot.

Boil the water in the pot. Separate the egg whites from the yolks. Add the milk, dill and salt to the egg whites, then mix them with a spatula (don't whisk to foam, just lightly whisk). Separately stir in the egg yolks.

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Set a metal bowl over a pot of simmering water and reduce the heat. Pour the egg whites into the bowl and, while stirring, steam until they set. Add the egg yolks and proceed in the same way.

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Serve with white bread.

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Summary

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  • A light digestive diet consists of modifying the diet in such a way as to relieve the burden on the digestive system.
  • On an easy-to-digest diet, you should be provided with the same amount of kilocalories and nutrients as on a standard diet.
  • A light-digestion diet is a diet that is designed to ease the burden on the digestive system.
  • The easy-to-digest diet is usually a temporary dietary model - it works mainly for gastrointestinal complaints and periods of convalescence after surgery.
  • Easy digestibility of the diet is achieved by eliminating foods high in fibre and fat.
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  • It is advisable to prepare food by boiling, braising or baking under a lid.
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  • The predominant foods on an easy-to-digest diet are white bread, white rice, barley groats, lean meats, cooked vegetables such as carrots, squash, pumpkin, parsley or celery, and fruit - apples, bananas, peaches.

FAQ

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. What to eat before an ultrasound examination.

For most ultrasound examinations you do not need to prepare specially. The exception is abdominal ultrasound. Already on the day before the examination, you should switch to an easily digestible diet and avoid fried, fatty and flatulent foods. It is also advisable to limit your intake of vegetables (especially raw vegetables) so that dietary fibre does not lodge in the intestines and increase the accumulation of gas.

On the day of the examination, you should go to the doctor's office.

On the day of the examination, you should go to the examination on an empty stomach. This means that the last food should be eaten no later than six hours before the examination. If you have an ultrasound scheduled before noon, it is best to eat your first meal afterwards. You can drink water instead - it is best to drink about a litre of water an hour before the examination and go to the ultrasound with a full bladder.

. What can you eat on an easy-to-digest diet?.

On an easy-to-digest diet, white bread and pasta, lean meats (especially poultry) and cooked vegetables are mainly recommended. Fats should be consumed, but are best added to prepared foods. Season food with delicate herbs, and choose water or weak tea to drink.

Preferred cooking methods are boiling, braising and baking in foil or covered so as not to brown the surface of the food. Avoid fresh vegetables (e.g. cucumber and peppers), fried, fatty foods and spicy spices.

. Which sweets are easy to digest?.

Low-fat sweets prepared from white flour are considered to be easily digestible. These will be, for example, sponge cakes, yeast dough or sweet rusks. Puddings, kissel and fruit purées can also be a good way to satisfy a craving for something sweet.

. What vegetables are easy to digest?.

The safest vegetables are cooked vegetables such as carrots, beetroot, celery, parsley, squash, pumpkin and potatoes. Tomatoes are also considered easy to digest, but it is essential to remove the skin from them. Cauliflower and broccoli, young beans and even peas (but not tinned peas) may also be eaten in limited quantities on an easily digestible diet.

. How long after surgery do you need to be on an easy-to-digest diet?.

The length of time your doctor will recommend an easy-to-digest diet for will depend on the surgery itself and how it went. With minimally invasive surgery and no complications, 2-3 weeks of indigestible eating is usually sufficient. However, if the operation was extensive or if all or part of an organ was removed, this time may be considerably longer.

For example, after gall bladder removal, it is recommended to remain on an easily digestible diet for 3-4 months.

. Is it possible to lose weight on an easy-to-digest diet?.

By definition, an easy-to-digest diet is not a weight loss diet. You should take in the same number of kilocalories on it as you did before it was introduced. In practice, if you do not count your kilocalorie intake, you can lose weight on an easy-to-digest diet. This is because it involves a reduction in the amount of fats consumed.

. What are the best soups on an easy-to-digest diet?.

On an easy-to-digest diet, clear broths such as lean broth work well. You can also eat rice and soups based on recommended vegetables, as well as krupnik. Use lean poultry meat and vegetables such as carrots, beetroot, potatoes, celery and parsley as the base of your broths.

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