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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!


8815 Comments Post a comment
  1. yesenia #

    Can I eat avocado

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

      Be blessed!

      September 30, 2014
  2. 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
  3. 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:

      September 30, 2014
  4. Jemmy Lao #

    But Jesus Himself ate fish.

    September 29, 2014
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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

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