Food as Medicine: Clear Liquid Diet
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Your child might need a clear liquid diet for a few days before or after a surgical procedure or medical test.
You can adjust the temperature, texture, and flavor to add variety. Choose options that your child likes.
Add fruit, vegetables, or herbs to filtered water. Refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours to infuse. Then strain and keep in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours.
Add an ounce of clear fruit juice to seltzer or ginger ale. Try a squeeze of lemon or lime juice.
Steep a caffeine-free tea bag in hot water and enjoy hot, warm, or over ice. To make sparkling tea, try adding a tea bag to seltzer.
Bring 1 ½ teaspoon agar flakes (or ¾ teaspoon agar powder), 8 ounces 100% fruit juice, 8 ounces water, and ¼ cup granulated sugar to a boil, stirring often. Boil for 2 minutes.
Pour into serving bowls or glasses. Refrigerate 4 hours, until firm.
Can use homemade, from bouillon, or commercially prepared. Try adding flavor while warming the broth: