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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!


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  1. 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
  2. Henriette #

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

    August 20, 2014
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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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