After a few days following your colonoscopy, cooked vegetables that are soft and tender are a healthy food choice your doctor may suggest. Getting the right amount of nutrition is vital to your digestive health and returning to your normal routine. Steamed or sauteed vegetables are easy enough on the stomach while offering essential vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients your body needs to recover.
A good mix of steamed vegetables is an excellent source of fiber, vitamins C and A, folate, potassium, and more (via MyFitnessPal). However, you may want to go easy with cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, or Brussels sprouts in the beginning. These types of vegetables can potentially make you gassy or bloated, which is the last thing you want after a colonoscopy. Instead, ease into the vegetables with digestible carrots, green beans, or pumpkin (via Healthline).
Also, keep in mind that cooking the vegetables thoroughly will break down some of the fiber that could be harsh on the stomach after a colonoscopy. While you typically want to preserve as much fiber and nutrients in your vegetables during the cooking process, removing some of the hard-to-digest fiber may be beneficial when your gut is still sensitive.