A clear liquid diet is made up of only clear fluids and foods that are clear fluids when they are at room temperature. Clear liquids that are allowed include:

  • clear (fat-free) broth
  • clear nutritional drinks (Enlive, Ensure Clear)
  • carbonated sodas such as Sprite, Pepsi, and Coca-Cola
  • clear soups
  • coffee without milk or cream
  • hard candies (lemon drops or peppermint rounds)
  • honey
  • juices without pulp (apple and white cranberry)
  • lemonade without pulp
  • plain gelatin (Jell-O)
  • popsicles without fruit pulp or fruit pieces inside
  • sports drinks (Gatorade, Powerade, Vitamin Water)
  • strained tomato or vegetable juice
  • tea without milk or cream
  • water

A typical menu on the clear liquid diet may look like this.

Breakfast

  • 1 glass pulp-free fruit juice
  • 1 bowl gelatin
  • 1 cup of coffee or tea, without dairy products
  • Sugar or honey, if desired

Snack

  • 1 glass fruit juice (pulp-free)
  • 1 bowl gelatin

Lunch

  • 1 glass pulp-free fruit juice
  • 1 glass water
  • 1 cup broth
  • 1 bowl gelatin

Snack

  • 1 pulp-free ice pop
  • 1 cup coffee or tea, without dairy products, or a soft drink
  • Sugar or honey if desired

Dinner

  • 1 cup pulp-free juice or water
  • 1 cup broth
  • 1 bowl gelatin
  • 1 cup coffee or tea, without dairy products
  • Sugar or honey, if desired

A clear liquid diet is often high in carbohydrates. People with diabetes who need to follow a clear liquid diet should work with their doctor to maintain glucose levels. People who follow a clear liquid diet for an extended period or without medical supervision may experience nutritional deficiencies. Do not follow this diet without the supervision of your doctor. Healthy people should not be on this diet longer than 3 to 4 days. This diet is safe for people with diabetes, but only for a short time when they are followed closely by their doctor.