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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!


8662 Comments Post a comment
  1. Valma #

    Hi Susan
    is Melba toast okay on the Daniel fast?

    July 27, 2014
    • Hi Valma,

      Check the list of ingredients on the food label. Make sure they comply with the Daniel Fast Guidelines.

      July 28, 2014
  2. Sandra #

    praying! :-)

    July 14, 2014
  3. Today is my first day and first time ever doing the Daniel Diet. I just hope and Pray that I can do it and my body can handle it. I will try to follow The Daniel Diet on Facebook for a little support. Wish me luck and Pray for me please. Thanks , RENEE.

    July 14, 2014
  4. Thandie khumalo #

    I have started Daniel fast yesterday, I’m praying for salvation in my family, I’m praying for The Lord to intervene in my bothers life.

    July 1, 2014
  5. Susan #

    I know it says no sweeteners, but I was wondering about pure Stevia, since it’s all natural. I currently use the liquid form of it and am wanting to start the Daniel Fast. Just want to get all of the “yes” and “no” things lined out.

    June 12, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Susan,
      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!

      June 13, 2014
    • I am able to eat white potatoes? What about Bush Vegetarian Baked Beans?

      June 13, 2014
      • Daniel Fast Team #

        All potatoes are fine, just watch how they are cooked (no deep fry) and what goes on top. Read the ingredients in the baked beans you are considering, but my guess is that they have sweeteners, so more than likely they’re a no. Be Blessed on your fast!

        June 17, 2014
  6. Que #

    Hi, please help…I was not aware that I shouldn’t have some tea until after a few (3) sips. Should I continue with fasting?

    June 11, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Yes, just continue on with your fast….a little wiser for the miss-step. Be Blessed!

      June 13, 2014
  7. kealeboga #

    can one have chicken or fish on Daniel fast

    June 10, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      The Daniel Fast is completely plant based, so no chicken or fish. Be Blessed!

      June 13, 2014
  8. heather simmons #

    I just wanted to be clear that you cannot use butter on the Daniel fast right?

    June 9, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Correct, butter is not allowed (the fast is plant based foods only).

      June 10, 2014
  9. Vanessa Martinez #

    Also, would I be able to drink warm water with just lemon juice?

    June 8, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      A splash of lemon juice or a lemon slice in water is fine (warm or cold water).

      June 10, 2014
  10. Nicole #

    I thank you for this blog and think its so awesome that you actually answer people’s questions. Is cooking with coconut oil ok?

    June 1, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Yes, coconut oil is fine (just no deep frying).

      June 10, 2014
  11. CS #

    i tried to write an email but it bounced back, what i wanna ask is: whole wheat is specified for most foods to eat does that mean whole wheat bread is acceptable too? because its said no bread at all. Please clarify…i am trusting God through this as i am on day 3.

    May 14, 2014
    • Whole wheat is allowed. What is not allowed is leavening. So that’s why whole wheat bread is not allowed on the Daniel Fast.

      Be blessed

      May 14, 2014
  12. Anna #

    Is Vanilla Almond milk ok? (it says no sweetner added, but starch is one to the ingredients)

    May 13, 2014
    • This should be okay if all the ingredients are “clean,” meaning not man-made chemicals.

      May 14, 2014
  13. Alex #

    Can you have yellow rice on the Daniels fast?

    May 6, 2014
    • Hi Alex,

      Only whole grains on the Daniel Fast. So if you make the yellow rice with whole grains rice, then you are good.

      May 6, 2014
  14. Christina #

    Thank you verymuch.

    May 5, 2014
  15. Christina #

    Thank you so much for the information< i was taking tea without sugar and milk, But Iam so gratefull for this information

    May 5, 2014
  16. Bunmi Momoh #

    Thanks for sharing your insight and encouraging Gods people. May God richly bless you.

    April 24, 2014
  17. Jessica #

    Hello, Susan! I have searched but cannot find an answer to my question..
    What about salad dressings? I would assume that Ranch is processed, thus not allowed, but I’m not sure how to eat salad without the “good stuff”. Thank you!

    April 22, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      A prepared dressing that fits the Daniel Fast is Newman’s Own Oil and Vinegar Salad Dressing. Or…..You can also make your own salad dressings (oil, vinegar and seasonings) and there are many recipes in the Daniel Fast Cookbooks I hope this helps!

      April 26, 2014
  18. Thank you so much for the info. on the Daniel’s fast. I was almost starving myself because I did not know the Daniel fast had such a wide range of foods to choose from.. This is my 15th day and I have not eaten any meats, almost burnt out on just a small range of vegetable and started eating fruits until someone told me it was not allowed. One of my church members told me about the Daniel fast on google. Now I can do it full speed ahead with the help of GOD. Thank you again for the help. Be Blessed…

    April 13, 2014
  19. Elle #

    Can I drink detox natural clenx tea?

    April 13, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Elle,
      The Daniel Fast is a natural detox for the body. Water is the only drinking beverage allowed on the fast, so Detox tea would not be allowed as a beverage such as all other tea’s would not. Be Blessed on your Journey!

      June 5, 2014
  20. Cynthia #

    Can I use dates to sweeten my smoothies

    April 8, 2014
    • Actually, in a way the question answers itself. No sweeteners allowed on the Daniel Fast. I know some people make their own homemade sweeteners using dates. But it’s really pushing the boundaries. In your case, it’s a fine line. I encourage you to read this post for more info: Daniel Fast

      April 8, 2014
      • Cynthia #

        Thank you the link sums it up.

        April 17, 2014
  21. Cheryl #

    This is just great!My husband is very motivated to eating more raw veggies which is very health for the both of us. This (Daniels Fast) has helped us get back on track with healthy eating. It has also encouraged him to start working out more.

    April 7, 2014
  22. Shonda Smith #

    This is day 1 of the fast for me and I feel like so many blessing will pour out of this fasting and praying. Quick question… Smart One popcorn allowed?

    April 7, 2014
    • Yes, most likely. Read the ingredients on the food label to make sure they comply with the Daniel Fast guidelines.

      Be blessed!

      April 8, 2014
  23. is there any kind of butter i can use for a baked potato?

    April 7, 2014
    • No butter, Derrick. But try a drizzle of olive oil along with salt and pepper. You may never choose butter again:-)

      April 8, 2014
  24. Melissa leopard #

    Can I use soy protein isolate based in smoothies

    April 7, 2014
    • Yes, most likely. Read the ingredients on the food label to make sure they comply with the Daniel Fast guidelines.

      Be blessed!

      April 8, 2014
  25. margaret #

    Our church will do the Daniel fast next month an I am very greatful for this article

    April 7, 2014
  26. Steven Vializ #

    Can I have Fruit Smoothies during the fast?

    April 6, 2014
    • Yes, if they are used as a meal replacement. Make sure they are well-balanced and healthy! So many are just sweet drinks.

      April 8, 2014
  27. Letoya Mills #

    Am I allowed to eat unsalted pretzels on the Daniel fast and unsalted pop corn

    April 6, 2014
    • You can have pretzels with or without salt if the other ingredients are allowed. Read the list of ingredients on the food label to make sure they comply with the Daniel Fast guidelines.

      Be blessed!

      April 8, 2014
  28. katrina #

    Can I eat potatoes if l fry them in olive oil

    April 5, 2014
  29. Diana #

    Hello I have to speak at our church for the first time in May and was considering a Daniels fast to help prepare my mind and focus ,do you consider this to be a good fast to begin.

    April 4, 2014
    • Yes, the Daniel Fast is a powerful method of fasting. Be sure to study the fast. Also, read this article: Daniel Fast

      April 8, 2014
  30. elias #

    Wanted to know if bread like from bread stores bollilo dont know the translation for it in english sorry its bread for sandwiches but made in oven toasted bread sorry for not knowing the right word tomorrow start fast

    April 3, 2014
    • It is likely not allowed on the fast as no leavening. Flat breads are okay.

      Be blessed

      April 8, 2014
  31. Myra #

    Second day into the fast, feeling good! I appreciate this information as I was not aware that sweeteners are not allowed.

    April 3, 2014
  32. Can you have Corn Chips or Tortilla Chips?

    April 3, 2014
    • Yes, but the full answer depends on the brand and type you choose. Read the ingredients on the food label to make sure they all comply with the Daniel Fast Guidelines. Also, they need to be baked rather than deep fried. I believe “scoops” qualify. But check them for sure.

      Be blessed!

      April 8, 2014
  33. Jennifer #

    I am just starting the fast and would like to know if eating soft corn tortillas is permitted.

    April 3, 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!

      April 3, 2014
    • Sue Overton #

      Is it normal to feel so bad the first week? Like headaches, body aches, a general sense of blah? I am assuming that it is from the caffeine, sugar and chemical withdrawals. Any idea of when this will pass?

      April 5, 2014
      • The symptoms you noted are very common in detoxing and withdrawals from sugar and caffeine. Be sure to drink lots of water and you should turn a corner soon and feel better than you’ve felt in a long time with increased energy and a greater sense of well-being.

        April 8, 2014
  34. Allison Rush #

    I’m just starting the fast today, I do have a couple of physical problems but this fast will be the best for my health!

    April 3, 2014
  35. jay #

    Can I eat organic vegetarian nutrional yeast in a Daniel fast?

    April 2, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Yes, Nutritional Yeast is deactivated and no longer a leavening product it is allowed on the fast. Be Blessed!

      April 3, 2014
  36. Neek #

    is grits ok to eat on the daniels diet??

    April 2, 2014
    • Grits are fine . . . but make sure you only add ingredients to your grits that are allowed on the fast.

      April 2, 2014
  37. David #

    Can you eat seafood outside of fish, or is all seafood off limits.

    April 2, 2014
    • The Daniel Fast is totally plant-based . . . so no seafood of any kind.

      Be blessed!

      April 2, 2014
  38. Valerie #

    What about crackers? salt or unsalted

    April 1, 2014
    • Read the list of ingredients on the label and make sure they all comply with the Daniel Fast food lists. There are some crackers that are okay, most are not.

      Be blessed.

      April 2, 2014
  39. Kourtney #

    Coukd you eat nutella?

    April 1, 2014
    • No sweeteners are allowed on the fast. Read the list of ingredients on the Nutella. I believe it has sweeteners, in which case you will need to wait until after the fast.

      April 2, 2014
  40. Hannah #

    Does Jasmine Rice count as rice that I am able to eat on the Daniel Fast? It is a white rice but it is not chemically enhanced in any way.

    March 31, 2014
    • No, not allowed. Only whole grains. You can find brown jasmine rice, which would be allowed.

      Be blessed!

      April 2, 2014

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