1 Level 2 Dysphagia Mechanically Altered* This diet consists of foods that are moist, soft-textured and easily formed into a bolus. All foods on Level 1 are. Meats and other select foods may be ground or minced into small pieces no larger than ¼. All food items should be easy to chew. Food Group Recommended Avoid May have IF thin Beverages All beverages with minimal texture or pulp. Beverages may need to be thickened to a prescribed consistency. Milk, juices, coffee, tea, sodas, carbonated beverages, alcoholic beverages, nutritional supplements. Breads Soft pancakes well moistened with syrup or All others. Ice chips. Cereals Prepared commercial bread mixes, moistened bread crumbs, slurried breads that are gelled through entire thickness of product. Cooked cereals with little texture, oatmeal. Slightly moistened dry cereals with little texture such as corn or wheat flakes, rice crisps, puffed rice/wheat. Unprocessed wheat bran stirred into cereals for bulk. Very coarse cooked cereals that may contain flax seed or other seeds or nuts. Whole-grain dry or coarse cereals. Cereals with nuts, seeds dried fruit and/or coconut. Cream or milk for cereals.
2 Desserts Pudding, custard. Soft fruit pies with bottom crust only. Crisps and cobblers without seeds or nuts and with soft breading or crumb mixture. Canned fruit (excluding pineapple). Dry, coarse cakes and cookies. Anything with nuts, seeds, coconut, pineapple, or dried fruit. Breakfast yogurt with nuts. Rice or bread pudding. Frozen malts, milk shakes, frozen yogurt, eggnog, nutritional supplements, ice cream, sherbet, Regular or sugarfree gelatin with canned fruit (except pineapple). Fats Soft, moist cakes with icing or slurried cakes. Slurried cookies or soft moist cookies that have been dunked in milk, coffee or other liquid. Butter, margarine, gravy, cream sauces, sour cream, sour cream dips, mayonnaise, salad dressings, cream cheese, whipped topping. The following are considered thin liquids and should be avoided if thin restricted: Frozen malts, milk shakes, frozen yogurt, eggnog, nutritional supplements, ice cream, sherbet, regular or sugar-free gelatin (jell-o), or any foods that become watery at room temperature. All fats with course or chunky additives Cream for cereal Fruits Soft drained, canned or cooked fruits without seeds or skin. Whole fruits (fresh, frozen, or dried). Thin fruit juices. Watermelon
3 Meat and Meat Substitutes Meat and Meat Substitutes (cont.) Fresh soft/ripe banana. Fruit juices with small amounts of pulp (may need to be thickened to appropriate consistency if thin not ). Moistened ground or cooked meat, poultry, or fish. Moist ground or tender meat may be served with gravy or Casseroles without rice. Moist macaroni and cheese, well-cooked pasta with meat sauce, tunanoodle casserole, and soft, moist lasagna. Moist meatballs, meat loaf or fish loaf. Protein salads such as tuna or egg without large chunks, celery or onion. Cottage cheese, smooth quiche without large chunks. Poached, scrambled, or soft-cooked egg (egg yolks should not be runny Cooked fruits with skin or seeds. Fresh, canned or cooked pineapple. Dry meats, tough meats (such as bacon, sausage, hot dogs, bratwurst). Dry casseroles or casseroles with rice or large chunks. Cheese slices and cubes. Peanut butter. Hard-cooked or crisp fried eggs. Sandwiches. Pizza. without seeds.
4 but be moist and mashable). Soufflé s may have small soft chunks. Tofu. Well-cooked, slightly mashed moist legumes such as baked beans. Potatoes and Starches Soups All meats or protein substitutes should be served with sauces or moistened. Well-cooked, moistened, boiled, baked, or mashed potatoes. Well-cooked pasta in Spaetzel or soft dumplings that have been moistened with butter or gravy. Soups with easy-to-chew or easy-to-swallow meats or vegetables: particle sizes in soups should be less than 1/2 inch (or about the size of a kernel of corn). May need to be thickened to appropriate Potato skins, shredded crisp hash browns and chips. Fried or French-fried potatoes. Rice. Soups with large chunks of meats and vegetables. Soups with rice, corn or peas.
5 consistency. Vegetables Miscellaneous All soft, well-cooked vegetables. Vegetables should be less than 1/2 inch and should be easily mashed with a fork. Jams and preserves without seeds, jelly. Cooked corn and peas. Broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, asparagus or other fibrous, non-tender or rubbery cooked vegetables. Seeds, nuts, sticky foods. Sauces, salsas, etc. that have small tender chunks less than ½ inch. Chewy candy such as caramels or licorice. Soft, smooth chocolate bars that are easily chewed. If you have any questions about a food or drink being appropriate for a Level 2 Dysphagia Pureed Diet, ask your speech language pathologist, dietitian or other health care provider.
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