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“In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.” Daniel 10:2, 3


One of the great things about the Daniel Fast is that you are not limited to any specific amount of food, but rather to the kinds of food you can eat. The Daniel Fast is limited to vegetables (includes fruits) and water.


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Special Note: if you have health issues, please be sure to contact your health professional for advice before committing to any fast including the Daniel Fast. If you would like a list of the foods included and excluded in the Daniel Fast to show your doctor, just copy the contents of this page. Also, if you are interested in a collection of recipes that will take you through an entire 21-day Daniel fast, click here.

After answering hundreds of questions about the Daniel Fast, I am updating the food guidelines. My hope is that it will serve as a more complete list. The original list used by many people was issued in a book about fasting. I know the author tried to do the best he could, but that isn’t the same as getting hundreds of questions seeking clarification. So here is the new list that I hope helps.

Please make sure to READ THE LABEL when purchasing packaged, canned or bottled foods. They should be sugar-free and chemical-free. Keep this in mind as you review this list of acceptable foods.

Foods to include in your diet during the Daniel Fast

All fruits. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Fruits include but are not limited to apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines, watermelon

All vegetables. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Vegetables include but are not limited to artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, ginger root, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sprouts, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, yams, zucchini, veggie burgers are an option if you are not allergic to soy.

All whole grains, including but not limited to whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes and popcorn.

All nuts and seeds, including but not limited to sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame. Also nut butters including peanut butter.

All legumes. These can be canned or dried. Legumes include but are not limited to dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans, white beans.

All quality oils including but not limited to olive, canola, grape seed, peanut, and sesame.

Beverages: spring water, distilled water or other pure waters.

Other: tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices.

Foods to avoid on the Daniel Fast

All meat and animal products including but not limited to beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and fish.

All dairy products including but not limited to milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs.

All sweetenersincluding but not limited to sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, and cane juice.

All leavened bread including Ezekiel Bread (it contains yeast and honey) and baked goods.

All refined and processed food products including but not limited to artificial flavorings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial preservatives.

All deep fried foods including but not limited to potato chips, French fries, corn chips.

All solid fats including shortening, margarine, lard and foods high in fat.

Beverages including but not limited to coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.


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The work in Zimbabwe has been fulfilled. Thank you to all who participated!


8777 Comments Post a comment
  1. rebecca weaver #

    Are dates allowed, to mix in with a food? Like oatmeal or chia in the morning?

    September 15, 2014
    • Yes, you can add dried fruit and nuts to recipes.

      When up say chia, I assume you are not talking about chia tea. The only beverage on the Daniel Fast is water.

      Be blessed!

      September 15, 2014
  2. Mariana #

    I’m a little confused. It says but not limited to? May you explain please

    September 14, 2014
    • Hi Mariana,

      That means that if for example a vegetable is not on the list – that it is still allowed. The list we use is not limited to those on the list, but rather all vegetables. People all over the world use the Daniel Fast, and sometimes there are food items that are not on the list but are allowed.

      Be blessed

      September 15, 2014
  3. Raquel Coleman #

    Can you watch TV doing the fast.

    September 14, 2014
    • Yes, unless you make the choice to abstain from television. That would be up to you.

      Be blessed

      September 15, 2014
  4. Rachel #

    You should add a spaghetti recipe.. With home made sauce. I gently fry some onions , peppers and mushrooms and then I add tomatos, salt and pepper and fresh oregano and simmer, stirring in between for about 15 or so min on medium high while also boiling whole grain pasta (spaghettini is my fav) I garnish with cilantro or parsley and it’s really quite good!! Much better than store bought sauce.

    September 13, 2014
    • Hi Rachel. Thanks for sharing! Sounds good.

      Be blessed!

      September 15, 2014
  5. Lea #

    I usually consume herbalife shakes in my daily meal preparation. Are Herbalife sahkes acceptable during the Daniels Fast?

    September 12, 2014
    • Hi Lea,

      It all depends on the ingredients. Are they consistent with the Daniel Fast guidelines? No sweeteners, no chemicals and only plant based? If so they could be a good meal replacement smoothie.

      September 15, 2014
  6. Marie #

    Hi their, this is my very first time fasting and i believe i failed already, i been trying to read and get fasting information everywhere, well i had a aloe drink today, are we able to drink that while fasting?

    September 11, 2014
    • Hi Marie,

      The only beverage on the Daniel Fast is water. See Daniel 1.

      Be blessed on your fast.

      September 15, 2014
  7. Thomas #

    Can we eat salad?? Can we you oil and vinegar?

    September 9, 2014
    • Yes, you can have salads made from all plant-based foods. And the same with oil and vinegar. It’s fine for the fast. Read the list of ingredients on the food label to make sure the vinegar is free from sweeteners or chemicals.

      Be blessed!

      September 11, 2014
  8. optimum #

    Is butter allowed to cook with?

    September 8, 2014
    • No. There are no animal products allowed on the Daniel Fast. You can use oils, such as olive oil when you cook.

      Be blessed on your fast.

      September 11, 2014
  9. Joyce Silva #

    Hi Im starting my Daniel fast soon, I wanted first to know if we were allowed to season our food? And also if unsweetened almond milk and blends of fruits and water is acceptable, if we are only allowed to drink water??

    September 8, 2014
    • Hi Joyce,

      The only beverage on the Daniel Fast is water. However, you can use plant-based milks and fruit juices in recipes, breakfast smoothies or cereal.

      Also, you are allowed to season your foods. Be sure to read the list of ingredients on the seasoning to make sure no sweeteners or chemicals are added when using blends or prepared mixtures.

      Be blessed on your fast! Good on ya for preparing! :-)

      September 11, 2014
  10. Lucy #

    Hello, what is the deal with sweet treats and puddings – eg eating dates and things made with raw cacao? Is this allowed (as long as the other ingredients are!). Thank you

    September 8, 2014
    • Hi Lucy,

      I’m not a proponent of using “date honey” or other sweeteners on the Daniel Fast. Although it’s homemade, it’s still a sweetener. So in the purpose of the fast, I say no. The same with any sweet deserts that “get around” the food restrictions for the fast. One of the most powerful lessons we learn during a time of extended prayer and fasting is to put the flesh under the authority of the spirit. So when we take measures to satisfy the flesh while fasting we’re losing out on the depth of this powerful training.

      You might want to ready this post – Is the Daniel Fast Being Hijacked

      September 11, 2014
  11. Kelvin #

    Hi Susan, I live in Malaysia and I just completed the third day of the Daniels Fast(1st time fasting), but after going through this blog, I think I failed miserably. I started the day with Full Grain Whole Meal Bread and unsweetened peanut butter, and would usually have brown rice with vegetables stir fried with chinese mushroom flavoured sauce(while the sauce 100% vegetarian, it contains some added sugar). Some of the food suggestions you have provided are not that easy to get locally, if they are available they are mostly imported from west, available only at upmarket supermarkets that cater to expats, and always come with very expensive price tags. Take for example a loaf of Full Grain Whole Meal Bread at a nearby local supermarket that does not offer Rye Bread or any Daniel’s Fast permissible type of bread, would cost me only about US$1, to get Rye Bread at a western themed bakery far from where I live, would cost USD$5 or more.

    I am also currently on regular diabetic medication(Metformin & Glibenclamide), I have high cholesterol and also got some liver problems(regularly taking “Livolin Forte” a liver suppliment). As for the high cholesterol, I haven’t started on any medication, but a relative familiar with traditional and herbal cures suggested that I boiled a certain type of leaves of a particular plant and drink it to lower my cholesterol.
    1)Due to my current location can I modify the Daniel’s Fast by seeking permission from God?
    2)I am not too sure if the diabetic medication(Metformin & Glibenclamide) that I am taking are 100% plant based, should I stop taking them during the fast?
    3)I am also unable to ascertain if the contents of the liver suppliment(Livolin Forte) is 100% plant based, should I stop taking it during the fast?
    4)Can I drink the very bitter traditional medicinal herbal remedy(water from the boiled leaves) for my cholesterol problem during the fast?

    September 5, 2014
    • Hi Kelvin,

      First of all, bread is not allowed on the Daniel Fast if it contains yeast or leavening. So you don’t need to search for a bread that will work. Unless you make chapatti or another kind of flat bread with no leavening, you will need forgo bread for the fast. Also, Malaysia is wonderful for all the great fresh fruits and vegetables. Whole grain rice may be more expensive. So I encourage you to make some simple meals using fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and other foods allowed on the fast. You don’t have to purchase premade products. They are expensive whether you are in Malaysia or the US!

      Continue to take all your medications while on the fast and follow the instructions of your health provider. I tell people, “Follow the advice of your earthly physician while you pray to the Great Physician for complete healing.”

      People with high cholesterol experience amazing results while on the Daniel Fast. That’s because the fast is so rich in fiber from the fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains. So I encourage you to stick with the fast. Make most of your meals in batches at home so they can last you several days. And drink plenty of water.

      I hope this helps.

      September 11, 2014
  12. andrew #

    Good morning! I have a question? im a bodybuilder and I don’t know if I can continue training while im on Daniel fasting!

    September 3, 2014
    • Hi Andrew,

      Yes you can train while on the fast. You just want to make sure you are eating foods rich in protein, just as you do when not fasting. The difference is that you will get the protein from plant-based foods rather than animal products.

      Be blessed

      September 11, 2014
  13. Heather #

    Thank you for your helpful posts and blog. I have a question, can you have unsweetened cocoa powder on this plan?

    September 3, 2014
    • Hi Heather,

      This is one of the “fine lines.” Unsweetened cocoa powder would be fine, but I think it has a lot of caffeine, which is not allowed on the Daniel Fast. So I would think about how you will use it and why. And then determine if you feel it’s consistent with the purpose of the fast and its restrictions.

      Be blessed

      September 11, 2014
  14. vanessa #

    Is coconut milk allowed to use in dishes. Also is coconut water allowed to have as beverage

    September 3, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      You can use both coconut milk and water (sweetener and additive free) in recipes and in meal replacement/liquid meal type smoothies. Since water is the only drinking beverage, drinking a glass of coconut water as a beverage is not allowed. Be blessed!

      September 6, 2014
  15. Steffanie #

    What types of flour can you cook with? And also, what can I replace the sugar with? Perhaps applesauce? Lastly, are egg whites acceptable as long as the yolk is not present?

    September 2, 2014
    • Hi Steffanie,

      Whole grain flour is allowed on the Daniel Fast. To “replace sugar” isn’t really possible. However, using applesauce in recipes is a good idea. No eggs on the Daniel Fast. Only foods grown from seed.

      Be bleesed!

      September 11, 2014
  16. Elizabeth #

    Good Day,

    I was wondering as to why all dairy products were excluded from the list. I take a daily calcium supplement, but without some milk and yogurt I would not have enough for my daily intake. I know I have the option of making the modification for health reasons, but I was just generally curious oh why no dairy.

    September 2, 2014
    • In Daniel 1, the prophet and his companions ate only pulse (food grown from seed) and drank only water. So that’s why the Daniel Fast is completely plant-based.

      Be blessed!

      September 11, 2014
  17. Dil #

    Hi Susan, thank you for the video and the information provided about foods acceptable and not . Please do hold me in prayer I have started my Daniel fast today . I normally fast when I feel that in my Spirit that it is time . This is a second Daniel fast for this year, however this time I struggled to start and found it so difficult to be obedient , yet I could feel the Lord tell me few weeks ago ” I need you to fast and need you to humble yourself ” . However this morning I felt His voice say ” you will not experience what you need within without starting this “. Stand in agreement with me , I must draw nearer and become more like Him and less like me , understanding the word and living it faithfully , overcoming the flesh . I am also praying for a new Job opportunity which I have went for an interview and just waiting , that Christ will open doors for me no man can. There would financial breakthrough so that I may be fruitful in the things God has laid upon my heart. Bless you , Dil – South Africa .

    September 2, 2014
  18. Mihaela #

    Are chia seeds allowed during Daniel’s fast?

    September 1, 2014
  19. Nan in Oklahoma #

    All of the ‘breads, crackers’ you mention are not gluten free. I am gluten intolerant. What gluten free substitutes do you recommend?

    September 1, 2014
  20. leticia #

    give me 3day food list for the daniel fast

    September 1, 2014
  21. Mike H. #

    Hello! I’m starting my daniel fast soon. I would also like to continue to work out three days a week. I drink a whey protein with unsweetened vanilla almond milk after work outs. Could I continue this during my Daniel Fast?

    August 30, 2014
    • Hi Mike,

      Check out the many plant-based protein drinks available. They also are rich in protein and would comply with the fast.

      Be blessed!

      September 11, 2014
  22. Suzanne #

    Can you eat fried eggs or boiled eggs

    August 29, 2014
  23. Lizzie #

    I have a question: Is Rice Milk allowed? the original one, not the vanilla. I’m not a fan of Soy Milk nor Cows Milk.

    August 27, 2014
    • Hi Lizzie,

      Yes you can use rice milk on the Daniel Fast in recipes or on cereal – keep in mind that the only beverage on the Daniel Fast is water.

      Be blessed!

      August 29, 2014
  24. shanay #

    Good morning I just started my Daniel fast today… I have read the list and was just wondering if plain yoghurt was prohibited in the fast.


    August 26, 2014
    • Yogurt is not allowed on Daniel Fast since it’s a dairy product. Only plant-based foods are allowed on the fast.

      August 29, 2014
  25. #

    Greetings, if you can have potatoes, salt and oil on the Daniel’s Fast, why can you make home made French fries?

    August 26, 2014
    • Hi!

      Deep fried foods are not allowed on the Daniel Fast, but you can make oven fries. To make them even healthier, use sweet potatoes!

      I hope this helps!

      August 29, 2014
  26. Ashley #


    Today is my first day on the Daniel fast and I bought a 100% natural tomato sauce. It’s ingredients are (tomato puree, oregano, garlic powder, salt, basil, tomato fiber, spices, and citric acid) Is this okay for the Daniel fast?

    The citric acid throws me off a bit.

    Thank you.

    August 25, 2014
    • Hi Ashley,

      Yes, you are good with this product. Citric acid is naturally derived from citrus fruit and used as a natural preservative.

      Be blessed on your fast!

      August 26, 2014
  27. Kim Niemi #

    Could you use an unsweetened almond milk?

    August 25, 2014
    • Yes, Kim.

      You can use unsweetened plant-based milks in recipes. However, keep in mind that the only beverage on the Daniel Fast is water.

      Be blessed!

      August 25, 2014
  28. Patricia Brown #

    Can I have saltine crackers. I read the ingredient label and saltine contains yeast, but pretzels also have yeast in the ingredients label and they are ok. I want to follow it the correct way because I have being eating them (only 2 days)

    Thank you

    August 25, 2014
    • Hi Paticia,

      I’m not sure where you read that pretzels are allowed on the Daniel Fast. Any prepared food with leavening is not allowed. Also, only whole grains – so my guess is that the pretzels are made with enriched or white flour. Neither are allowed on the Daniel Fast. If you are looking for a cracker, to for Original Triscuits. They made with ingredients that comply with the fast.

      Be blessed.

      August 25, 2014
  29. Brandon #

    I am at the store having a hard time deciding what is and what is not acceptable. Is there a list of common, banned chemicals? What are known, good milk substitute name brands? I thought I almost had one and then I can’t find any information on some of the ingredients. I have a box of muesli and can’t figure out what can go on it. Calcium phosphate? Magnesium phosphate? Guar gum? Xanthan gum? Vitamin A acetate? Selenium? Zinc oxide? Thanks!

    August 24, 2014
    • Hi Brandon,

      Brands for plant-based milks vary. I use Pacific, and the ingredients are only water and soybeans. Remember, the only beverage on the fast is water. But unsweetened plant-based milk can be used in cereal and in recipes.

      Regarding the chemicals, naturally derived chemicals are allowed. Calcium phosphate is generally naturally derived (vitamin C and used as a natural preservative). Xanthum gum is naturally derived.

      By the way, Bob’s Red Mill is a great line of products and I use their muesli all year long! It’s great either hot or cold.

      I encourage you to stay away from prepared foods as much as you can. So many of today’s products include chemicals and sweeteners.

      I hope this helps . . .

      August 25, 2014
  30. Lebogang Alfred #

    while on Daniel fast can i eat a pumpkin?? m so hppy though, i believe i’ll be more closer to GOD aftr this fast.

    August 24, 2014
    • Yes, pumpkin is allowed as are all fruits and vegetables.

      Be blessed!

      August 25, 2014
  31. Rhonda #

    I will be starting the Daniel Fast for 90 days beginning on Monday and want to know if Sweet Potatoes, vegetable stock, red potatoes, pesto, oatmeal and veggie spaghetti sauce are allowed?

    August 22, 2014
    • Hi Rhonda,

      Yes, all you described are allowed. I do encourage you to invest in the book so you know for sure how to follow the Daniel Fast. Especially since you are fasting for 90 days. Here is the link to purchase the book on Amazon – Daniel Fast by Susan Gregory

      August 25, 2014
  32. Samukelisiwe #

    I would like to know if I’m permitted to prepare meals that are forbidden (for my consumption) during the fast for my family, as they are not part of it?

    How frequently should I pray and study the bible during the fast? Is there a set routine?

    Thank you.

    August 22, 2014
    • Yes, you certainly are allowed to prepare meals that don’t comply with the Daniel Fast for your family. It’s similar to “being in this world, but not of it.” And I encourage you to add extra measures of love and care to your family as you prepare and serve the meals as a powerful witness of the love of God working in you!

      There isn’t a set routine for the Daniel Fast regarding prayer and study. However, the foundational purpose of fasting is to draw nearer to God and align yourself with Him and His ways. So you want to “feed on Him and His Word” during your fast. It’s through these actions of diligently seeking Him that He promises to reward His followers.

      Be blessed on your fast!

      August 22, 2014
      • Samukelisiwe #

        Thank you Sister:), Il do just that.

        August 22, 2014
  33. Henriette #

    Currently fasting, found your blog very informative. God bless!

    August 20, 2014
  34. Samukelisiwe #

    Hi, I am new to this Blog and Im truly greatful that I found it when researching about fasting….what it is and what its for?

    Yes, I’ve been on the wrong path for many years on the subject however I now have a great understanding.

    Im excited to implement my knowledge and share it with other fellow believers.

    August 19, 2014
  35. Santanna #

    This was very helpful and encouraging and I now have a better understanding about fasting and why we need to fast. I’ve always heard about fasting, my understanding wasn’t all there. I thought it was just a meal or two that you miss for so many days and the times that you didn’t eat it was the times you prayed. But thank you so much

    August 18, 2014
  36. Sandy Haner #

    Is naturally derived citric acid & calcium chloride okay?

    August 18, 2014
    • Hi Sandy,

      Yes, these ingredients are both allowed on the Daniel Fast. They are natural food preservatives and often found in canned fruits and vegetables.

      Be blessed.

      August 18, 2014
  37. shannon #

    is Quinoa allowed?

    August 17, 2014
    • Yes, Shannon, quinoa is allowed and a great choice as it’s one of the few grains that includes the amino acids to make it a complete protein.

      Be blessed on your fast!

      August 18, 2014
  38. adejoh isaac #

    i am planning to do a forty days fast. it is part of my annual routine and i usually run till 6pm before i eat except this time i want to break each day with a tin of liquid milk and honey for the first 21days. should milk and honey be a good choice for a wet fast? i am not afraid of the exercise but just want to be sure milk will not be spoiling the chain.
    thank so much for your information. found them helpful

    August 17, 2014
    • Hi Adejoh,

      I teach primarily about the Daniel Fast, so this is “out of my scope.” However, there are many kinds of fasts. The Daniel Fast is a method of fasting. So it seems you want to fast using different guidelines. All okay. My only advice is to make sure whatever way you choose to fast that it does your body only good and no harm.

      Sorry I can’t be more specific. It’s just that I’ve not heard of anyone using the foods you plan to use in conjunction with spiritual fasting.

      Be blessed as you grow in the love and knowledge of Jesus.

      August 18, 2014
  39. Leah J #

    is coconut milk admissible?

    August 17, 2014
    • Hi Leah,

      The only beverage on the Daniel Fast is water. However, you can use unsweetened coconut milk in recipes as an ingredients. Be sure to read the list of ingredients on the food label to make sure the contents is free of sweeteners and chemicals.

      Be blessed

      August 17, 2014
  40. Katie #

    Hi Susan, I went to buy supplies for this fast and found whole wheat tortillas and flat bread but they all had a lot more ingredients than just whole wheat and the flat bread said it was the traditional but it had yeast on the label. Where do I find the tortilla’s and breads you mention that would go along with the fast?

    August 16, 2014
    • Hi Katie,

      You can find whole grain tortillas at health food stores. My favorite is made by the brand Food for Life Ezekiel 4:9, however they are not the perfect replacement for a whole wheat tortilla as they are not the same flavor and are not as pliable. I prefer to make my own whole wheat tortilla. The same goes with chapatti or nan flat bread. It’s easy to make and you can be assured that the ingredients comply with the Daniel Fast. The recipes are in the Daniel Fast book.

      August 17, 2014

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