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GVHD Diet Phase 1 Foods

This GVHD diet plan includes bland foods that are easy for the body to digest. To help reduce your child’s discomfort:

  • Offer smaller meals more often.
  • Limit liquids with meals.
  • Do not add foods unless instructed by the care team.


  • Bottled water*
  • Diluted Gatorade®, juice, lemonade, or ginger ale (4 oz beverage + 4 oz water)
  • Sprite® Zero
  • Sugar-free, non-carbonated drinks

*Ask your care team if tap water is OK

Soups (serving size: 1 cup)

  • Chicken broth
  • Vegetable broth
  • Beef broth

Vegetables (serving size: 1/2 cup)

  • Well-cooked green beans or carrots,
  • Plain potatoes or yams (mashed, steamed, or baked)

Fruit (serving size: 1/2 cup)

  • Banana (half)
  • Applesauce, no added sugar
  • Canned fruit or fruit cup, no added sugar

Grains (serving size: 1/2 cup)

  • Steamed white rice
  • Plain noodles (linguini, penne, spaghetti)
  • Cream of Wheat®
  • Cream of Rice®
  • Plain oatmeal
  • Corn flakes, Cheerios®, or Rice Krispies®
  • Toasted white bread (1 slice)
  • Toasted bagel (1/2)
  • Toasted English muffin (1/2),
  • White dinner roll (1 roll)
  • White flour tortilla (1)
  • Pancake (1)
  • Low-fat Eggo® waffle (1)
  • Saltine crackers (2 crackers)
  • Plain pretzels (1 oz)


  • Fruit-flavored ice pop, sugar-free (1)
  • Jell-O®, sugar-free (1 serving)


  • Salt

Always follow your care team’s instructions. Talk to your dietitian if you have questions about what your child should eat. If symptoms get worse or come back after getting better, tell your care team right away.

Reviewed: October 2022