Bored of a Low Residue Diet?

Are you prepping for a bowel procedure or scope?

Have you had bowel surgery and are consuming a low residue diet?

Then I have just the blog post for you!

It’s Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, and coincidentally the month I’m booked in for my next colonoscopy to check on my bowel polyps and have them removed as needed.

So, I’ve had a fair few of these prep weeks in the last few years and thought I would share some basic recipes and tips on how to still eat with some flavour whilst following the low residue diet.

A low residue diet is most commonly prescribed to people:

· preparing for bowel surgery or scopes

· recovering from bowel surgery or scopes

· with a bowel obstruction

· with flare ups from Crohn’s, Ulcerative colitis or diverticulitis

· with acute diarrhoea

The diet is used to reduce the amount of faeces in the bowel and reduce digestion, by restricting foods that take long periods of time to digest. Ie. that mammoth grilled steak at the pub. As well as high fibre foods like wholegrains, nuts and vegetable skins.

So, let’s get to what we can and can’t eat on a low residue/low fibre diet.

This is a very limiting diet to follow, and should be avoided unless medically prescribed for on of the reasons mentioned above, as it can lead to nutritional deficiencies.

The low residue diet is often referred to as the white diet as the safe options are mostly white foods, and should be cooked to prevent additional colouring of the foods.

For example, you may eat chicken breast, but it should be slow cooked or poached to avoid browning the outside and producing a different texture. Eggs are also safe, but should be poached or boiled to avoid the browning and crispiness that comes with frying. Avoiding roasting, frying and grilling is best.

Therefore, safe cooking methods for the low residue diet are:

· boiling

· poaching

· steaming

· sauté

· slow cooking

· simmering

· stewing

· braising

Now, to the best bit, how can we make a reasonable menu from this severely limited list of foods.

I am a creature of habit and tend to eat similarly for breakfast and lunch, so I’m going to provide a couple of options for those and a few more dinner ideas for you to follow for the next time you need a low residue diet option.



  • White toast with vegemite and avocado

  • Sautéed spinach and cheese omelet

  • Cornflakes and diced apple

  • Quick oats porridge and cinnamon

  • Turkey and cheese bagel



  • Chicken, grated carrot, spinach and cheese on a white roll

  • Chicken and pumpkin ravioli with cream sauce

  • Salmon, white rice and steamed mixed veg (approved above)

  • Mild curried beef stew with potato, carrot and pumpkin

  • Spaghetti Bolognese with grated carrot, zucchini and pumpkin sautéed in passata and herbs

  • Honey mustard chicken served with rice and steamed veg (approved above)

  • Turkey fried rice with mixed veg (approved above)



  • Fruit (approved above)

  • Cheese and crackers

  • English muffin with turkey and avocado

  • Banana bread

  • Yoghurt with stewed apples and cinnamon

  • Protein balls- mashed banana, protein powder (low fibre option), quick oats, white chocolate

** Recipes on creating sauces and meals can be found on the members page of our website

Happy cooking, and I hope you enjoy some more variety in your menu now and some regular inclusions to your low residue diet.



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