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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

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.


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!


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


8924 Comments Post a comment
  1. Tyler Burger #

    Can I eat vegetarian or vegan hamburger patties? The specific brand in question is Boca, if that helps.

    November 13, 2014
    • Hi Tyler,

      You’ll need to look at the list of ingredients included in the prepared burgers. Most of them include sweeteners and/or chemicals. You can also make your own . . . I include recipes in the Daniel Fast Book.

      November 16, 2014
  2. Raquel #

    First time on Daniel fast. Found many brands of veggie burgers, but they all have egg whites on their ingredient list toward the end… Is it still OK. Or can you suggest a brand with no type of eggs?? Thank you

    November 12, 2014
    • Raquel, you have found a typical problem about prepared veggie burgers. I suggest you make your own. They are much better tasting, less expensive and ok for the Daniel Fast. You can find recipes in the Daniel Fast book.

      November 16, 2014
  3. shaun posthumus #

    I have a question about water. I am drinking bottled spring water on the fast but is it necessary to also cook and wash ingredients with spring water or is regular tap water fine for those purposes as long as I dont drink it?

    I constantly find myself checking things like this and dont know whether im being irrational or not. I really want to do this right.

    Please give me some guidance :)

    November 12, 2014
    • Hi Shaun,

      Tap water is fine. No worries there. I do encourage you to get highly focused on the Lord and His truths during your fast. Yes, what you eat is important as you comply with the fasting guidelines. But make sure to stay focused on what the experience is really all about.

      Be blessed

      November 16, 2014
  4. Jill #

    Hi..are dates allowed on the fast?

    November 11, 2014
    • Yes, you can used dates, raisins and other dried fruits in recipes. Make sure the food producers have not added sugar (like they do for dried cranberries).

      Be blessed

      November 16, 2014
  5. precious #

    Good morning. when I do Daniel fast, do I eat during the day or I’ll have to just take drinks only then eat later with no meat? thank you

    November 9, 2014
    • Hi Precious.

      I encourage you to learn about the Daniel Fast. Take a little time and read about the fast on this site . . . and be even more prepared by reading the Daniel Fast Book.

      Be blessed on your fast

      November 16, 2014
  6. Vina Hermosura #

    is mayonnaise okay?

    November 6, 2014
    • No, not regular mayonnaise. It includes eggs, which are not allowed on the Daniel Fast.

      However, you can find or make your own that is all plant-based. You can find recipes in the Daniel Fast book.

      Be blessed

      November 16, 2014
      • Tonya Jones #

        Are you allowed to eat potatoes?

        November 16, 2014
      • Yes, you can eat all fresh and frozen vegetables.

        Be blessed.

        November 16, 2014

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