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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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9738 Comments Post a comment
  1. Antwan #

    Can I eat “Holyland Matzo” it says Kosher for Passover” I checked the ingredients and it says “Wheat Flour, Water” I found at the Trader Joe’s in Indianapolis- please help – I found “Organic Peanut Butter already, finding very hard to shop.

    May 19, 2015
    • Yes, you can have whole wheat matzo.

      It can be difficult to find prepared foods since so many of them have sweeteners and chemicals. A HUGE education since we need to read the list of ingredients that are in the foods we eat. The Standard American Diet (SAD as it’s called in the health industry) has so much sugar and empty calories that it’s no wonder that nearly 70% of American’s are overweight and/or obese!

      My theory is get as “close to the dirt as you can” – meaning eat as many fresh foods as possible. I hope you have my Daniel Fast book – it will help you so much to have a successful fasting experience.

      Be blessed.

      May 20, 2015
  2. Is whole meal bread allowed

    May 17, 2015
    • only flat bread that stays within the guidelines. No leavening on the Daniel Fast, and no sweeteners.

      May 18, 2015
      • patricia pleasant #

        is salad dressing  allowed?

        May 18, 2015
      • Yes, you can have salad dressing as long as it includes only approved ingredients. I make mine with olive oil, lemon juice and a little Dijon mustard. When I buy it I use Newman’s Own Oil and Vinegar Salad Dressing, which is one of the few that has only approved ingredients in it, plus it’s really good. I use is as a staple in my home year-around.

        Be blessed.

        May 20, 2015
  3. Aundrea Borchardt #

    I want to season some rice and beans with taco seasoning, but it has maltodextrin in the ingredients. Can I use this taco seasoning?

    May 15, 2015
  4. Shanesha #

    Is it okay to drink Naked juice, instead of making your own smoothie?

    May 15, 2015
    • You will need to study the list of ingredients on the Naked Juice Smoothies you choose for a meal replacement. If the ingredients comply with the Daniel Fast guidelines then they would be fine. Not the juice as that is a beverage. But their smoothies are considered a “liquid meal.” I know this is a fine line, but when you have to call it this is how it lands :-)

      Be blessed

      May 20, 2015
  5. Hudson #

    Hello! I was wondering, since I am a pretty skinny guy, would it be acceptable for me to drink things like protein shakes and things like that in order for me to not lose wait?

    May 14, 2015
    • Yes, protein shakes are allowed on the Daniel Fast. Look for unsweetened plant-based protein powders. I use nuts and spinach in my smoothies for protein.

      May 18, 2015
  6. was wondering if its ok to workout during fast or could this be seen as trying to lose weigh instead of fasting

    May 12, 2015
    • Yes, you can workout during your fast. You want your fast to be focused on spiritual matters, and the Daniel Fast also has many benefits for your health. Just like all we do when we line our lives up with the ways of God.

      Be blessed.

      May 20, 2015
  7. pat #

    What kind of salad dressing is allow on the Daniel Fast

    May 12, 2015
  8. Kisha #

    Hello…. This is my 1st time. Is it ok to drink Naked smoothies. There is no sugar added. All sugar comes from fruit and/or veggies.

    May 12, 2015
    • Yes, Kisha. Smoothies are considered a “liquid meal” and would be acceptable. You have done right by studying the list of ingredients on the food label to make sure the contents is free of sweeteners and chemicals.

      Be blessed on your fast.

      May 20, 2015
  9. Noma #

    I have started my Daniel fast today, Are potatoes allowed? boiled and baked /grilled . Thnaks for taking your time to answer all questions

    May 11, 2015
    • Yes, potatoes are allowed. Cook any way except no deep frying.

      Be blessed on your fast!

      May 11, 2015
  10. Can i add lemon to my water

    May 6, 2015
  11. Brandon Esparza #

    Hi i was wondering if i can juice my own fruits under the acceptable fruits list, nd drink it as juice?
    Can i steam my vegatables?
    Thank you.

    May 3, 2015
    • You can use fruits, vegetables and juice in the smoothies which are considered a liquid meal. Also, steamed vegetables are a good choice.

      May 9, 2015
  12. Jessica #

    Is parboiled rice allowed? Thanks

    May 2, 2015
    • If the rice is whole grain rather than just white rice. All whole grains are allowed on the Daniel Fast.

      May 9, 2015
  13. Lakenhia Gould #

    I have a couple of questions: is there a natural sweetener? Is there any bread that fits the requirements that you dont have to make yourself? Is all natural microwave popcorn allowed? What do you use in place of butter?

    May 1, 2015
    • Hi Lakenia,

      In love to you, dear one . . . your questions make it sound like you want to figure out how to continue to satisfy the flesh while on this spiritual fast. If you do, you will miss out one of the most powerful lessons you can learn while on the Daniel Fast.

      With that said, no sweeteners (natural or not) are allowed on the Daniel Fast. You can consume sweeter foods, such as fresh and dried fruit. The only bread on the Daniel Fast is unleavened. You may be able to purchase chapati or nan at an Indian market or restaurant. Also, some health food stores may carry unleavened bread that will work. Microwave popcorn is fine if all the ingredients comply with the Daniel Fast. Read the list of ingredients on the food label to see for sure. Rather than butter, you can use olive oil or an unsweetened fruit spread. Not sure what you are looking for.

      Be blessed on your fast.

      May 1, 2015
  14. You can make your own milk or nut butters in a food processor or blender by using your favorite nuts and adding water (for milk) or one of the oils on the list (for nut butter).

    April 27, 2015
  15. Mkmama #

    Susan, bless your heart for your patience in answering all the questions people come up with to do this fast!!! I did the fast for the 6 weeks of Lent and felt wonderful. Since going off I can tell my body/system was much happier on the fast!! But I lost too much weight so can’t stay on it all the time. Am trying to find a balance to add back in healthy foods but keep the core of fruits and vegies. God bless you for monitoring this for all of us!!

    April 24, 2015
  16. Tammy Saville #

    I am two days into the Daniel Fast. I’m experiencing flu like symptoms. Is it from the fast? And what should, I do?

    April 23, 2015
    • This sounds like detox from caffeine, processed foods and sugar. Drink plenty of water and continue to give your body good, nourishing foods.

      May 1, 2015
  17. daisy #

    For the Daniel fast can we have brown sugar?

    April 20, 2015
    • No, sweeteners of any kind are not allowed on the Daniel Fast.

      April 22, 2015
  18. Joy E. #

    Can I drink Coconut milk while on the Faniel Fast

    April 19, 2015
    • No, the only beverage on the Daniel Fast is water. You can use juice and other liquids in recipes or when you make smoothies, which are considered liquid meals.

      April 22, 2015
  19. jmgd4316 #

    All packed soy, almond, etc milk contain some preservatives will it be ok to take?tnx in adv for ur reply..may GOD bless u..

    April 18, 2015
    • You can find plant-based milks with no preservatives. I use a soy milk that is made only with soy and filtered water. Check your local health food store if it’s not available in your supermarket.

      April 22, 2015
  20. I would like to know if buckwheat is ok to have on my list to eat

    April 14, 2015
    • Yes, buckwheat is allowed on the Daniel Fast if the whole grain is used.

      April 22, 2015
  21. Torskiki #

    I know is says we can eat whole wheat, so can we eat wheat bread?

    April 12, 2015
    • No, not if the bread is leavened or includes other ingredients not allowed on the Daniel Fast. Flat breads like chapati or nan are allowed.

      April 22, 2015
  22. Cynthia Edwards #

    I have read the Daniel Fast, but i haven’t seen anywhere about eating a certain amount of ANY of the foods on this fast. Is there a certain amount you’re allowed to eat, or can all the foods be eayen freely?

    April 12, 2015
    • There are not restrictions to the amount of food, however overeating very close or totally linked to gluttony, which is against God’s ways. And you want ot keep in mind that this a fast. So wisdom and prudence are in order. :-)

      April 22, 2015
  23. Ines #

    Is it possible to eat white rice/?

    April 10, 2015
  24. Rachael #

    Is almond coconut milk ok during this fast?

    April 5, 2015
    • Yes, if it’s free of sweeteners, chemicals and artificial flavorings you can use it in smoothies or recipes. The only beverage on the Daniel Fast is water.

      April 6, 2015
    • Jerry #

      what about altoids sugar free breath mints?

      April 10, 2015
      • No, they include chemicals. When you eat a clean diet, most breath issues go away. You can also chew on parsley, mint or cloves to naturally sweeten your breath.

        April 22, 2015
  25. Nisha #

    Can I have popcorn. I’m afraid I started my fast had some popcorn but it may have contained butter.

    April 4, 2015
    • Popcorn cooked with a little oil or in an airpopper is great. Butter is a no-no. Just move on and now that you know better you can do better. :-)

      April 6, 2015
  26. Tiffany #

    Hello, I am allergic to soy. Are there alternatives because I can’t have tofu.


    March 31, 2015
    • There are many sources of protein other than soy. Use beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and green leafy vegetables. You’ll be fine

      April 6, 2015
      • Tiffany #

        Thank you Susan. I’m on day 3 and feeling good. Thanks 😃

        April 8, 2015
  27. Kenneth #

    Is green tea ok to drink?

    March 31, 2015
    • No, the only beverage on the Daniel Fast is water (see Daniel 1).

      April 6, 2015
  28. Mona #

    Is sugar free gum allowed?

    March 31, 2015
    • No, it has chemicals and/or artificial flavorings, neither of which are allowed on the Daniel Fast.

      April 6, 2015
  29. LInda C. #

    Im interested & excited about starting the Daniel Fast, I just want to have a clearer u.understanding of the times of the day to eat if allowed.. Be Blessed

    March 31, 2015
  30. prisca #

    i am currently on slimming diet and planning to do Daniel fast can i replace water with slimming tea

    March 30, 2015
    • The only beverage on the Daniel Fast is water. If you want to depart from this guideline then it’s between you and the Lord. Talk to Him. He will guide you

      April 6, 2015
  31. Thank you for the guide. I bought a packed multi-fruit drink and bread, Is it allowed?

    March 25, 2015
    • No, the only beverage on the Daniel Fast is water (see Daniel 1) and leavened breads are not allowed.

      Be blessed.

      March 26, 2015
  32. Stuart #

    Are eggs allowed?

    March 24, 2015
    • No, the Daniel Fast is totally plant-based eating and the only beverage on the fast is water.

      March 26, 2015
  33. Marc #

    I was just wondering if avocados and balsamic are allowed? Thank you.

    March 23, 2015
    • Avocados and all fruits and vegetables are allowed on the Daniel Fast. Read the list of ingredients for the balsamic you are considering to make sure there are no sweeteners or chemicals included.

      Be blessed

      March 26, 2015
  34. Judy #

    The church we are currently attending is encouraging us to fast this week. I have NEVER fasted! I love fruits & veggies and beans & nut butters. I am planning to do the best I can to follow the diet but hopefully I won’t get so hyper focused on the food that I loose the purpose of the fast. I am slightly confused on some items….tortillas and oatmeal for example are ok right? Or do they have to be a certain brand? All nuts, including almonds are ok.

    March 22, 2015
    • Judy, you will need to consider the ingredients included in the foods you eat. Read the foods that are allowed and those that are not. Then plan your meals and shopping.

      Be blessed.

      March 26, 2015
  35. Jessica Simcox #

    Can you have coconut flour on the Daniel Fast?

    March 21, 2015
    • Jessica Simcox #

      Also, is date honey ok? Thanks so much for taking your time to answer these questions.

      March 21, 2015
      • No, it is considered a sweetener and not allowed on the Daniel Fast.

        Be blessed

        March 26, 2015
    • Yes, if no other ingredients are added, such as sweeteners or chemicals.

      Be blessed

      March 26, 2015
  36. adine #

    Can I eat 100% whole wheat bread

    March 20, 2015
    • No leavening agents are allowed on the Daniel Fast. Plus, it’s likely that there are sweeteners in the bread. So it would not be allowed.

      March 26, 2015
  37. Deehan #

    I’m on the Daniel fast and this is my second Daniel fast, did it last year but just asking if salt can be used and if I can drink coconut water. I am not presently using salt, sugar, honey or oil but if my stomach feels gassy I hot some water and squeeze lime juice in it and drink it, it works well for me.

    March 19, 2015
    • No sweeteners are allowed on the fast and the only beverage on the fast is water (see Daniel 1). Salt is allowed as are other seasonings.

      March 26, 2015
  38. Brenda #

    I just brought the Daniel plan cookbook and just before the serving size there are some letter in a circle..they are GF in one circle DF in another and in the third circle there is a V. Does any one know what they mean . thank you for your hrlp

    March 18, 2015
    • Brenda, the “Daniel Plan” is not the Daniel Fast. It’s a healthy way of eating, but not part of the fasting experience. There has been a lot of confusion about the title of the book.

      March 26, 2015
    • lara #

      I do not have the book, but in menu plans typically GF is gluten free, DF is dairy free, and V is vegan or vegetarians.

      April 25, 2015
  39. Teresa #

    What about jasmin rice or rice with 0 grams of sugar?

    March 17, 2015
    • Whole grain rice is allowed. So you will want to look for brown jasmine rice then you are good to go.

      March 26, 2015
  40. Alexandria #

    Can i use any type of vinegar

    March 17, 2015
    • You can used vinegar that is free of chemicals and sweeteners.

      April 6, 2015

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