Meal Plan for Chronic Pancreatitis Patients: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Q:
Can you share a meal plan for chronic pancreatitis patients?

A:
Chronic pancreatitis is a long-standing inflammation of the pancreas, which can change your organ’s normal structure and functions. Your pancreas has difficulty in secreting enzymes if you get chronic pancreatitis. As a result, it will impair your ability to digest food.

So, chronic pancreatitis patients should pay more attention to their diets. Generally, they are recommended to focus on foods that are rich in protein, low in animal fats, and contain antioxidants.

There is a meal plan that covers breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, and you can check for reference.

Breakfast

Option 1:

  • 2-4 egg whites scrambled with spinach or other green leafy vegetables.
  • 1-2 slices of whole wheat toast with fruit jam or jelly.
  • A cup of coffee or tea.

Option 2:

  • A bowl of oatmeal.
  • 1-2 slices of whole wheat toast with fruit jam or jelly.
  • A glass of fresh fruit or vegetable juice.

Mid-morning snack

  • One apple/ one banana/ one kiwi /or other fresh fruits.
  • A cup of tea / A glass of fresh fruit or vegetable juice.

Lunch

Option 1:

  • Rich or beans.
  • Boiled chicken breast meat with vegetables.
  • Fresh fruit or vegetable juice/ water.

Option 2:

  • Pasta or a Tortilla.
  • Fish with vegetables, white meat fish is better, such as: cod, hake and turbot.
  • Clear vegetable soups.

Mid-afternoon snack

  • One apple/ one banana.
  • Whole wheat crackers.

Dinner

  • Pasta or a Tortilla.
  • Green salad.
  • Fresh fruit or vegetable juice/ water.

In addition, there is a food list that contains what to eat and avoid for chronic pancreatitis patients. You can check for reference.

Foods to Eat

  • Beans
  • Lentils
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Tortillas
  • Sorbet
  • Gelatin
  • Popsicles
  • Honey
  • Rice milk
  • Egg whites
  • Almond milk
  • Skinless poultry
  • Lean cuts of meat
  • Tuna canned in water, not oil
  • Low-fat or non-fat dairy products
  • Soy and soy foods
  • Whole grain cereals
  • Whole grain bread, rolls, and crackers
  • Fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Water
  • Fruit and vegetable juices
  • Clear vegetable soups

Foods to Avoid

  • Alcohol
  • Lard
  • Butter
  • Margarine
  • Muffins
  • Cookies
  • Mayonnaise
  • Whole eggs
  • Organ meat
  • Fried foods
  • Processed meat
  • Whole milk
  • Ice cream
  • Sour cream
  • Poultry skin
  • Salad dressing
  • Cooking oil
  • Refried beans
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Fatty cuts of red meat
  • Potato or corn chips
  • Cake, pies, and pastries
  • Peanut and other nut butter

Keywords: chronic pancreatitis meal plan; chronic pancreatitis diet

* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.