On a soft diet, you can eat all beverages and soups, as long as they are mildly seasoned, creamed or strained vegetable varieties. You may also eat eggs and moist, tender meats such as fish or poultry. Creamy peanut butter, cottage cheese, soft-cooked vegetables and pasta are all permitted.
Other foods you may enjoy include cooked or canned fruits, potatoes, smooth ice cream, sour cream and ketchup.
If you are still having trouble eating these foods as they are, you can try cooking them in broth or gravy to moisten them up until they are soft enough to eat. Another trick is to puree the foods using a food processor until you are able to eat them.
If you are on a soft diet, foods to stay away from include any dry, hard, starchy food like multi-grain bread, hard taco shells, cereal, nuts and popcorn. Vegetables such as corn, peas, carrots, broccoli and cauliflower, if they cannot be mashed and softened easily, can also present a problem. Also stay away from raw, crisp fruits and dry meats.
The soft diet is used for medical reasons to transition from a liquid diet to a regular diet. It is often used in patients who are undergoing chemotherapy, and it is sometimes used to relieve digestive discomfort.