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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.

 

If you want a print out of this list in brochure form to use yourself or share with others, please visit www.Daniel-Fast.com

The Daniel Fast – available at all local and online bookstores.

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.

Remember, READ THE LABELS!

If you want recipes for 21 days with three meals and snack for each day, plus meal plans and great ideas for the Daniel Fast, consider The Daniel Fast Cookbook! Just $8.95, plus your purchase helps support this lay ministry and makes it possible for this blog to continue!

 

The Daniel Fast at www.Daniel-Fast.com

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

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  1. Daniel #

    I’m confused as to what you mean by packaged or bottled foods should be “chemical-free”. Chemicals are a pretty broad spectrum. Water is a chemical. Should we only be eating dehydrated foods? Or should I fast from water too, to be chemical free. Just looking into clarification.

    October 13, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Daniel,
      Man made chemical additives is what should be avoided. I hope this helps!

      October 17, 2014
      • Daniel #

        Thanks, I was super thirsty.

        October 17, 2014
  2. Myrna #

    Good Morning Susan,
    Are corn Tortillas allowed?

    October 13, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Yes, corn tortillas (as other whole grain tortillas) are fine on the fast, they are considered Unleavened bread. Just make sure they are not deep fried, there are no leavening agents, sugars or additives in the Ingredients. Be Blessed!

      October 16, 2014
  3. Luisa #

    Hi there! In the Food List it says “All fruits. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned.” Does this include canned fruit salad? Thank you.

    October 13, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Yes, as long as the ingredients are free of added sweeteners and additives (juiced fruits can only be used as a recipe ingredient, not a beverage). Be Blessed!

      October 16, 2014
  4. I am making a brunch menu based on the Daniel’s Fast for January and wanted to make pancakes with whole wheat flour, am I allowed to use baking soda or powder? If not I can create something else. I just want to be in compliance.

    October 12, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Chef Tre,
      There is no leavening agents used during the fast (active yeast, baking powder, baking soda and the like).
      Yes, you can create your own Daniel Fast approved pancakes. In fact, in our “The Daniel Fast on a Budget Cookbook”, we included a recipe for crepes. (Since sweeteners are not allowed on the Daniel Fast, we get the “sweetness” from the fruit we use with the crepes). I hope this helps!

      October 21, 2014
  5. I make my own ginger tea by cooking ginger without any additives…is this allow during the fast?

    October 12, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Water is the only drinking beverage on the fast, so no ginger tea.

      October 16, 2014
  6. Carrie #

    I was wondering about pure stevia, as it is a plant-derived sweetener. Thanks!

    October 10, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Carrie,
      Sorry, no type of sweeteners are allowed on the Daniel Fast. So even though Stevia is a natural plant based ingredient, it would not be allowed according to the Daniel Fast Guidelines. Be Blessed!

      October 12, 2014
  7. Today is my first day on the Daniel Fast, but I am concerned about protein. Where is my protein going to come from if I’m not eating chicken,fish,yogurt,milk, etc.? Thank you very much. The website and blog are extremely helpful.

    October 10, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      The Daniel Fast is very high in protein rich foods. For example: All Nuts and Peanut butter (all nut butters), Whole grains, Legumes and Leafy Dark Green Vegetables, to learn more go to: http://vegetarian.about.com/od/healthnutrition/tp/protein.htm I hope this helps, Be Blessed on your Fast!

      October 12, 2014
  8. yesenia #

    Can I eat plantin ana avocado

    October 8, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Yes, avocados are allowed on the Daniel Fast.

      October 9, 2014
  9. Maria Yepes #

    Am I able to eat mashed potatoes

    October 8, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Mashed potatoes are fine (made with no dairy milk or butter). Be Blessed!

      October 9, 2014
  10. Eric #

    I have been on the fast for 6 days. My mother prepared a tomato sauce that had sugar and I tasted less than a teaspoon of it not knowing it contained sugar. Should I start the fast over or continue?

    October 7, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      No need to start over, just continue on with your fast….a little wiser for the bump in the road. Be Blessed!

      October 9, 2014
  11. Cassandra #

    Good Morning.

    Rice is a grain allowed on the fast, so would I be allowed Rice Milk Powder?

    Thank you!

    October 7, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Yes, brown rice, wild rice etc is allowed (no white rice), and you can use rice milk (powder) on the Daniel Fast in recipes or on cereal (make sure there is no additives or sweeteners on the ingredients list). Also, keep in mind that the only beverage on the Daniel Fast is water. Be blessed!

      October 17, 2014
  12. Mbuyiselo kopa #

    Perfume and lotion are allowed to this fast.

    October 6, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Yes, perfumes and lotions are allowed.

      October 12, 2014
  13. leahanna trejo #

    Can I drink organic Tea’s ???
    If not why not?

    October 5, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      One of the two foundational scriptures for the Daniel Fast is Daniel 1:12 “Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.” So, even though tea (including organic herbal tea) is plant based, and would be considered a naturally derived product during a non Daniel Fasting time, because it is not “water only” beverage, it becomes a “not allowed” item on the fast. One thing to keep in mind is that while all food on the Daniel Fast is natural, not all natural food is allowed on the fast. If your struggling with this issue, I encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit what is right for you. I hope this helps, Be blessed on your fast!

      October 9, 2014
  14. Sonya #

    Hi, am I allowed to use pure vanilla extract in my oatmeal?

    October 4, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Yes, pure vanilla extract that is free of sweeteners and additives is fine. I hope this helps!

      October 9, 2014
  15. Ivonne #

    Can I eat red beans?

    October 2, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Yes, red beans are allowed. Just make sure they are free of additives and sweeteners. Be Blessed!

      October 16, 2014
  16. Cherina #

    I had a jumbo juice is that okay as well?

    October 2, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Cherina,
      The only drinking beverage on the fast is water. I am not familiar with Jumbo juice ingredients, so read the ingredients list and if it’s free of additives and sweeteners it can be used in recipes only. Keep in mind that freshly juiced fruits and 100% unsweetened juices can be used in recipes and in blended smoothies (when used as a meal replacement), just not as a drinking beverage. Be blessed on your journey!

      October 16, 2014
  17. Cherina #

    Today I’ve been drinking Pure Coconut Water is that okay? I hope.

    October 2, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      You can use coconut water (sweetener and additive free) in recipes and in meal replacement/liquid meal type smoothies. However, keep in mind water is the only drinking beverage, so drinking a glass of coconut water as a beverage is not allowed. I hope this helps, Be blessed!

      October 12, 2014
  18. ARE CORN TORTILLAS ALLOWED

    October 1, 2014
    • dee ramirez #

      WHAT WAS THE ANSWER FOR CORN TORTILLAS?

      October 13, 2014
      • Daniel Fast Team #

        Yes, corn tortillas as other whole grain tortillas are fine on the fast. Make sure they’re not deep fried, no leavening agents, sugars or additives in the Ingredients. Be Blessed!

        October 16, 2014
  19. yashica #

    I was wondering about the tomato sauce. What ingredients do I need to look out for?

    September 30, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Tomato sauce should have a simple ingredient list such as: tomatoes, water, salt and maybe citric acid (which is a natural preservative). If you have trouble finding a tomato sauce free of sugar and additives try tomato paste. I find it much easier to find paste with clean ingredients, and you just add water to make it the consistency you need.

      October 1, 2014
  20. Beatrice #

    Can I eat dates on this fast?

    September 30, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Yes, dates (free of additives and sweeteners) are fine on the fast. Be Blessed!

      October 1, 2014
  21. yesenia #

    Can I eat avocado

    September 29, 2014
    • Yes, avocados are allowed on the Daniel Fast.

      Be blessed!

      September 30, 2014
  22. Blanca Feyjoo #

    Is fish considered a type of meat or are we able to eat that while on a Daniel fast.

    September 29, 2014
    • The Daniel Fast is totally plant-based eating. So that’s why fish is not allowed.

      Be blessed!

      September 30, 2014
  23. Von #

    Can you not have any seasonings because some frozen foods have already been prepared with seasonings. Also can you eat hummus?

    September 29, 2014
    • Hi Von,

      Check the list of ingredients on the vegetables and in the hummus. If the ingredients comply with the Daniel Fast, then you are good to go. Hummus is a nice option for the fast. Check out the black bean hummus recipe that you can easily (and very inexpensively) make at home: http://www.daniel-fast.com/myrecipes/

      September 30, 2014
  24. Jemmy Lao #

    But Jesus Himself ate fish.

    September 29, 2014
  25. Michelle #

    From what I’ve read, would I be wrong in assuming that green smoothies made with 2 cups unsweetened all natural almond milk, 2 cups spinach and 3 cups assorted fruits would be still acceptable under the Daniel Fast? What about adding chia seed to them?

    September 28, 2014
    • Yes, Michelle, you are fine. Smoothies made with Daniel Fast compliant ingredients are considered meal replacements rather than beverages. So they are a good option during the fast. You might what to add some nuts or some unsweetened plant-based protein powder to boost the amount of protein.

      Be blessed

      September 30, 2014
  26. Mark #

    Can you use Marinara sauce or tomato sauce of any kind during this fast?

    September 27, 2014
    • Hi Mark,

      Yes, if the ingredients comply with the Daniel Fast. Read the list of ingredients on the label and make sure the sauce is free of any sweeteners or chemicals. Sugar is the most common addition food manufactures include in marinara sauces. You may want to make your own from scratch.

      Be blessed!

      September 30, 2014
  27. lasaundra #

    I drink a Maca smoothie every day containing: maca powder; banana; raw honey; strawberries; almond milk. Is this ok to drink during the fast?

    September 25, 2014
    • No, because of the honey. No sweeteners on the Daniel Fast.

      Be blessed

      September 25, 2014
      • catherine #

        is honey okay?

        October 15, 2014
      • Daniel Fast Team #

        While all foods on the Daniel Fast are natural . . . not all natural foods are acceptable. Sweeteners such as honey, although natural…. it’s still a sweetener and to be avoided. I hope this helps!

        October 22, 2014

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