Clear Liquids Only (Bowel Preparation)

Food Group

Recommended

Avoid

Milk and milk products None All
Vegetables None All
Fruits Fruit juices without pulp Nectars; all fresh juice, canned, and frozen fruit
Breads and grains None All
Meat or meat substitutes None All
Fats and oils None All
Sweets and desserts Gelatin, fruit ice, popsicle without pulp, clear hard candy All others
Beverages Coffee, tea, soft drinks (clear), water, lactose-free, sugar free drinks (Crystal Light) All others
Soups Bouillon, consumme fat free broth

Sample Menu

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

  • Strained fruit juice 1 cup
  • Gelatin 1 cup
  • Hot tea with sugar & lemon
  • Broth 3/4 cup
  • Strained fruit cup 1 cup
  • Fruit ice 1/2 cup
  • Gelatin 1/2 cup
  • Hot tea with sugar & lemon
  • Broth 3/4 cup
  • Strained fruit cup 1 cup
  • Fruit ice 1/2 cup
  • Gelatin 1/2 cup
  • Hot tea with sugar & lemon

** Also drink a full 10-12 ounce bottle of Magnesium Citrate (Citrate of Magnesia). This is a fairly strong laxative and will usually work within 2 to 8 hours.