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Daniel Fast Menu Planning

I have found that I am most successful fasting when I plan ahead. I don’t want to focus so much on the food, although that’s important in this fast. I want to spend most of my time and energy focusing on my relationship with our Lord.

So, I try to plan about three days of menus at a time and make sure I have everything I need to prepare the simple meals. I plan to post more than 100 recipes up on this weblog over the next few weeks, so come back often. You can receive a very helpful Daniel Fast Meal Planning Worksheet by subscribing to our list at

Here are just a few simple menus. They are all ideas for menus that you can use during your Fast:


Sliced fruit

Hot whole-grain cereal with raisins and nuts

Juice on the cereal


Hearty Layered Salad and Greek Vegetable Stew


Vegetarian Chili and a Green Salad with dressing

Lentil Soup and a Green Salad with dressing


Sliced vegetables with hummus

Sliced vegetables with white bean dip

Raw almonds or other nuts

Sliced fruit and nuts

Please add your ideas to the comment space below. I would love to add yours to this section!

239 Comments Post a comment
  1. Donna #

    What about using Stevia, since it comes from a plant? Is this ok?

    January 17, 2014
  2. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Donna,
    No 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!

    January 17, 2014
  3. Donna #

    Thank you!

    January 17, 2014
  4. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi David,
    Great question! We encourage that you maintain your normal daily activities (so not to be neglectful), and look for those extra times to replace with increased time with the Lord and in the word. Minimize time spent on tv/social media, internet and the likes. Add to that, possibly getting up a little earlier in the morning and spending time with Him in the evening, if possible spend some of your lunch time in the word. Bottom line is that during your fast do look for ways to increase your time with the Lord in fellowship and in His word. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you in the direction you are to go in during your time with Him. Be Blessed on your Journey!

    January 18, 2014
  5. Ernielee #

    I’ve looked through other questions and comments so not to double ask a question. Are you allowed to have unsweetened almond milk to cook with?

    January 20, 2014
  6. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Linda,
    There are no scriptures in the Daniel Fast that specify the amount of food (portion size) or even number of times per day to eat during the fasting period. However, keep in mind that this is a fast and portion control and eating sensibly to be comfortably full is appropriate. So eating three “moderate” meals and two “small” snacks a day should be the goal. Be Blessed!

    January 21, 2014
  7. Daniel Fast Team #

    Yes, unsweetened additive free plant based milks such as almond is fine for recipes and cereal, just not for drinking. Be blessed!

    January 21, 2014
  8. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Wanda,
    All plant based milks (almond, rice, soy, coconut, etc.) that are free of sweeteners and additives are allowed, but only for use in “recipes and on cereal” (just not as a beverage, water is the only drinking beverage allowed on the fast). Be Blessed!

    January 23, 2014
  9. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Gwen,
    Both yellow and white grits are allowed. Just be sure to prepare them in a way using only ingredients that comply with the Daniel Fast. Be blessed!

    January 31, 2014
  10. Aria #

    Can steel cut oats be eaten on the Daniel Fast?

    March 17, 2014
  11. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Aria,
    Yes, you are fine with steel cut oats (watch what goes on top)…. A great option for the Daniel Fast!

    March 17, 2014
  12. Hey! Would you mind if I share your blog with my facebook group?

    There’s a lot of people that I think would really enjoy your content.
    Please let me know. Many thanks

    March 21, 2014
  13. Daniel Fast Team #

    Yes, you are welcome to share it. Please give the source as Susan Gregory, The Daniel Fast,

    Be blessed!

    March 24, 2014
  14. Valora Dorsey #

    Are smoothies allowed? If so, what would be the recipe. Thank you.

    August 7, 2014
  15. Hi Valora,

    Yes, smoothies are allowed as a meal replacement and are very common today. I use them often. My favorite is to use frozen berries along with unsweetened almond milk, almond butter, pumpkin seed and walnuts. I also add some water to keep the consistency nice.

    Be blessed

    August 13, 2014
  16. Samantha #

    Hi again, I found the answer to my last question about nutritional yeast. What about using semolina flour? Thanks again

    August 20, 2014
  17. Hi Samantha,

    Semolina is on the edge as it’s not always whole grain. You can find a full explanation here:

    Be blessed on your fast!

    August 21, 2014
  18. Lynne Gakavian #

    I like something hot to drink in the morning or after my dinner, so would hot water with lemon be acceptable?

    September 8, 2014
  19. Hi Lynn,

    Yes, and that’s exactly what I do in the morning. I’m a “coffee with Jesus” gal and like a hot cup of coffee during more morning quiet time. So during the fast, I drink hot water with lemon.

    Be blessed!

    September 11, 2014
  20. Sylvia #

    Can you have tomato soup on a daniel fast?

    October 1, 2014
  21. Daniel Fast Team #

    Yes, tomato soup is fine on the fast just make sure the ingredients are free of sweeteners and additives. (I make my own Tomato soup: tomato paste, water, sometimes brown rice, seasonings and spices). Be Blessed!

    October 1, 2014
  22. angela Evans #

    I love this site it helps keep you encouraged in the Lord

    November 10, 2014
  23. Thanks, Angela.

    Be blessed in all you do!

    November 16, 2014
  24. Ngozi Mbah #

    Complements of the season!
    I intend to do a Daniel fast in January, and haven read all questions and responses, I want to know if I can still be taking my daily multivitamins and omega 3?

    December 20, 2014
  25. Yes, vitamins and allowed on the Daniel Fast.

    December 26, 2014
  26. Marilyn Bartley #

    Can I drink ginger root infused water

    January 3, 2015
  27. Maybe. Is it still water? Or is it more of tea.

    Be true to the fast. . . drinking just plain water is the best way to go.

    January 3, 2015
  28. Renee #

    As long as we are staying within the food restrictions, are we allowed to eat as we are hungry? Meals and snacks? Or should we limit to a say 2 or 3 meals a day?

    January 4, 2015
  29. Daniel Fast Team #

    Renee, We advise 3 moderate meals per day with 2 small snacks.

    January 16, 2015
  30. marcianna #

    I am so excited to receive knowledge and guidance.

    January 21, 2015
  31. Luvena #

    Would silk almond milk be fine? Or what brand do u use?

    May 17, 2015
  32. Yes, but read the list of ingredients to make sure it is free of sweeteners and chemicals. And unsweetened organic brand should do. I use Pacific brand.

    May 18, 2015
  33. Rose #

    I’m on day 5 of the Daniel Fast. And would like more ideals on meals.
    Also is eating Dates and Orange Juice ok to have? Thank you for all your responses, they’re very helpful.

    October 30, 2015
  34. Hi Rose,

    Dates are fine to eat. The only beverage on the Daniel Fast is water, so orange juice as a beverage is not allowed.

    My Daniel Fast book has a whole collection of recipes along with a daily devotional and a complete background about the fast and how you can have a successful fasting experience.

    November 16, 2015
  35. Hi, are cellophane noodles allowed during the fast?

    January 5, 2016
  36. Hmmm! First time in the 30,000+ questions I’ve been asked on this site!

    From what I can see about these noodles they would be allowed since they are made only of starch and water.

    January 7, 2016
  37. Thank you!!

    January 7, 2016
  38. Ashley #

    Hi I was wondering if we are allowed to have mints while on the fast?

    January 9, 2016
  39. No, they have sweeteners and/or chemicals in them – at least I’ve yet to find any that are suitable for the fast.

    January 9, 2016

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