Feeding and Swallowing Clinic

Ground Solid Diet

The ground solid diet is made up of regular table foods that are ground into a soft, fine texture. This diet decreases the amount of chewing that a person must do while eating; it also allows him or her to have better control over foods in the mouth. A ground solid diet is often recommended for individuals who have trouble chewing and/or swallowing chopped or whole foods.

The easiest way to prepare foods for the ground solid diet is to grind table foods using a small baby food grinder or food chopper. Some foods that may be acceptable for the diet include: ground meat with broth or gravy; cooked vegetables and fruit (ground); scrambled eggs; cottage cheese. Although many foods can be modified to the appropriate texture with a grinder or chopper, crisp or crunchy foods should not be eaten even if they are ground. For example, bacon, pretzels, and hard cookies are not acceptable foods for the ground solid diet.

A person who is following the ground solid diet should be encouraged to eat a wide variety of foods from all of the food groups. His or her food preferences should be incorporated into daily meals. However, it is important to consult with the person's doctor or dietitian to find out exactly what foods are safe for the person to eat. With the help of these professionals, a person on the ground solid diet will be able to eat safely and meet his or her nutritional needs.