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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 www.Daniel-Fast.com

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.

Remember, READ THE LABELS!

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!

 

The Daniel Fast at www.Daniel-Fast.com

The work in Zimbabwe has been fulfilled. Thank you to all who participated!

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  1. Jamie #

    I see that fish is not allowed but does also include crustacean (shrimp, crabs, oysters etc..)?

    March 2, 2015
  2. albi #

    can you have soy milk or almond milk on your cereal?

    March 2, 2015
    • Yes, you can have unsweetened plant-based milks if they are free of chemicals and artificial flavorings.

      March 2, 2015
  3. Melody #

    .can orange juice include?as it is made of pure oranges. godbless

    March 1, 2015
    • You can use juice in recipes, but the only beverage on the Daniel Fast is water. (see Daniel 1)

      March 2, 2015
  4. karen #

    I just wanted to ask if Israeli couscous was allowed on the diet?

    March 1, 2015
    • Read the list of ingredients. If it’s made with whole grains and is free for chemicals or sweeteners then it would be allowed.

      March 2, 2015
  5. Laura #

    Hi..so can i drink juice and flavoured water? and since no dairy products are allowed does this also mean i can’t have my muesli with yoghuirt?

    March 1, 2015
    • Hi Laura,

      No the only beverage on the Daniel Fast is water. And the fast is totally plant-based, so no yogurt. I encourage you read more about the fast and learn the principles. They are all here on the site.

      March 2, 2015
  6. femi #

    Is sweet corn acceptable in daniel fasting

    February 28, 2015
    • If by sweet corn you mean ordinary corn from the cob . . . yes, it is allowed.

      March 2, 2015
  7. Thank you so much for this site. It was both helpful and interesting to read. God Bless.

    February 18, 2015
  8. Lena #

    Can you drink smoothies?

    February 17, 2015
    • Yes, if they are made with ingredients that comply with the fast. Smoothies are considered liquid meals rather than a beverage.

      Be blessed

      February 18, 2015
  9. Pamela #

    Also what about dressing for the salads? Are those okay?

    February 17, 2015
    • You can have dressings that only have ingredients that comply with the Daniel Fast. Newman’s Own Oil & Vinegar is one of the few prepared dressings that fit the bill. Otherwise, make your own. They are inexpensive, easy to prepare and meet the requirements.

      February 18, 2015
  10. Pamela #

    Can I have granola? Made a big batch of shrimp salad to last a week, until I read this post & saw no meat at all. Thought it was just beef, I don’t want to throw it all out, will have to restart this fast as soon as it’s done. Had no clue :(

    February 17, 2015
    • Pamela, as you already see, learning about the fast is the first essential step before starting. So it’s good that you are doing that now.

      Granola usually includes sweeteners, which are not allowed on the Daniel Fast. You might try oatmeal or muesli. Be sure to read the list of ingredients in whatever you use.

      February 18, 2015
  11. Alayna #

    Thank you for all the information! What is something we can put on top of our whole wheat pasta? Instead of a cream based sauce? Is regular spaghetti sauce okay? I’m assuming most have sweeteners.. So any brand recommendations?

    February 17, 2015
    • It’s hard to find sauces that don’t include sugar. So you might want to make your own red sauce using unsweetened tomato sauce as the base.

      Be blessed!

      February 18, 2015
  12. adrian #

    Can you use corn oil

    February 17, 2015
    • Yes, you can use corn oil, however olive oil is healthier.

      Be blessed!

      February 18, 2015
  13. Inez Meadows #

    Is bulgar wheat allowed? And oat bran? Malted barley? Dates? Vegetable stock cubes? Thank you.

    February 17, 2015
    • All except the vegetable stock cubes (check the list of ingredients on the food label so make sure they comply).

      Be blessed

      February 18, 2015
  14. Texas Attorney #

    Are all cereals allowed during the Daniel Fast?

    February 16, 2015
    • No, only whole grain cereals that are free of sweeteners and chemicals are allowed on the fast.

      Be blessed

      February 18, 2015
  15. Jenae Allen #

    I like to have mint, lemon, and cucumber water, am I able to do that still? I dont see mint listed in the food list.

    February 16, 2015
    • Yes, as long as you can still call the beverage “water,” then adding lemon, cucumber or mint would be allowed.

      February 18, 2015
  16. Gail #

    Can I use packet soups, lipton etc.?

    February 16, 2015
    • No, they are not free of chemicals and/or sweeteners.

      I encourage you to research the Daniel Fast so you know about it before you start. All of what you need is the in the Daniel Fast book, also.

      February 18, 2015
  17. Lady V #

    What type of cereal can I have on the Daniel fast?

    January 27, 2015
    • Any cereal that is all whole grain and free of chemicals and sweeteners. The easiest is oatmeal or shredded wheat. Just add unsweetened non-dairy milk and fruit and you’re good to go.

      January 27, 2015
  18. kim #

    is in common to have detox headaches on day 16?

    January 27, 2015
    • Not if you’ve stuck with the eating plan as covered in the Daniel Fast book.

      If so, you might be having symptoms of an illness (flu perhaps).

      Be blessed.

      January 27, 2015
  19. Maryjane #

    Can we eat whole wheat bread with raisins?

    January 27, 2015
    • Maryjane #

      Why not french fries? =) Because some says it can be eaten just use olive oil..

      January 27, 2015
      • No deep frying. But you can have potatoes that are sauteed or spray with olive oil and bake.

        January 27, 2015
    • No leavening on the Daniel Fast. So raised breads are out.

      January 27, 2015
      • Daphne #

        What about whole wheat and multigrain bread

        February 3, 2015
      • No, yeast or leavening agents are not allowed on the fast. So no raised breads.

        February 3, 2015
  20. Joyce #

    Can I eat steel cut oatmeal or does it have to be old fashioned? Can I use coconut oil instead of olive oil? Can I add pure coconut water to a fruit or vegetable smoothie? Are all grains and not acceptable?

    January 27, 2015
    • All whole grains are allowed on the Daniel Fast. And you can use coconut oil.

      Be blessed

      January 27, 2015
  21. Noel #

    Do you have any suggestions on how to sweeten food or teas etc….

    January 26, 2015
    • Tea is not allowed on the Daniel Fast. The only beverage is water (see Daniel 1).

      Use sweet fruits such as pineapple, raisins or apples to add to your recipes.

      Be blessed

      January 27, 2015
  22. Roshi #

    Hi,
    Thank u so much for clarifying all these.. I want to know whether
    1) I can eat ranch with salad?
    2) can I eat cakes and candy chocolate ??

    Thank you

    January 26, 2015
    • Roshi,

      Are you really asking if you can eat cakes and chocolate on the Daniel Fast or are you kidding? NO, NO, NO.

      Please read the information on this site to learn about the fast. No Ranch dressing, either. It has dairy and the Daniel Fast is totally plant-based.

      Be blessed.

      January 27, 2015
  23. Gloria Adams #

    Hello. The list states to avoid, “All leavened bread including Ezekiel Bread (it contains yeast and honey) and baked goods, but in one of the Daniel Fast Team’s post above it states, “Try “Ezekiel brand whole wheat or whole grain tortillas”, they can be found in the freezer section of most Health food stores or at Trader Joe’s. Be Blessed!”. So no Ezekiel bread, but the tortillas are ok? Thanks!

    January 25, 2015
    • The tortillas DON’T include either yeast or honey. That’s why they are okay. It’s all in the ingredients used whether a prepared food is okay for the Daniel Fast.

      January 27, 2015
  24. What if a whole wheat pasta ingredients say “may cointain traces of eggs” ??

    January 22, 2015
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Tania, I wouldn’t worry about the traces of egg warning on the label (unless you have an allergy or food sensitivity), those notices are there to warn people who are allergic.

      January 22, 2015
  25. Nonkululeko #

    I have bipolar and heart condition. should I also stop medication totally

    January 22, 2015
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Oh my, no! Continue with all medications as prescribed by your Health Care Provider.

      January 22, 2015
  26. Natalie Pulley #

    I’m looking into protein powders for use on the fast. Are there any you’ve find that are acceptable? I’ve found one that contains the actual stevia leaf but not processed. Would this be ok?

    January 21, 2015
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Natalie,
      Although plant based and natural, Stevia is a sweetener and there are no sweeteners (natural or artificial) allowed on the fast. Be Blessed!

      January 21, 2015
  27. Nonkululeko #

    I just started fasting today. I am a smoker and my work is always frustrating. should I totally stop?

    January 21, 2015
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      While we encourage you to not smoke – there is really nothing in the Daniel Fast that says that it is not allowed. However, you might use this time of prayer, fasting and renewal to end this habit that is so harmful to your body which is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Be Blessed on your Journey!

      January 21, 2015
  28. Jackie #

    I’m confused on the use of honey, the list says no honey but honey is listed on one of the Daniel fast rescipes.

    January 20, 2015
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Jackie,
      Honey is not allowed, actually no sweeteners of any kind are allowed (natural or artificial). You may want to check what book your recipe came out of and who the author is. I hope this helps, Be Blessed!

      January 21, 2015
  29. Rosalyn #

    I found whole grain tortillas at Trader Joe’s but it has baking powder. Can I use it? All the tortillas even the whole wheat has some kind of leavening agent.

    January 20, 2015
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Try “Ezekiel brand whole wheat or whole grain tortillas”, they can be found in the freezer section of most Health food stores or at Trader Joe’s. Be Blessed!

      January 20, 2015
      • Jenny #

        Can you clarify if “Ezekiel” is ok? It states above that Ezekiel bread is NOT aloud…is this just the brand of the tortilla, not the same as the bread? Just want to make sure I get this right :o)

        January 26, 2015
      • Jenny,

        The tortilla are allowed because they don’t include leavening or sweeteners. The bread is not allowed because it does.

        Be blessed!

        January 27, 2015
  30. Aida #

    Hello thank you for assisting so many through you site and knowledge. May God continue to bless you and yours. I was wondering if unsweetened almond or coconut milk are allowed?

    Thank you and be blessed

    January 20, 2015
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Yes, almond milk is fine to use in recipes and on cereal (all plant based milks such as almond, rice, oat, coconut, soy and such), just not as a drinking beverage as water is the only beverage on the fast (make sure it’s free of additives and sweeteners).

      January 20, 2015
  31. joyce #

    Is Sour cream OK for the Daniels fast

    January 20, 2015
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      The Daniel Fast is totally plant-based, so sour cream (dairy) is not allowed. I hope this helps!

      January 20, 2015
  32. lungi #

    Is Oats allowed? And can i put a bit of margarine on my mashed potatoes?

    January 20, 2015
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Yes, oats are allowed. But Margarine is not, instead try some seasoned olive oil drizzled on top with salt and pepper.

      January 20, 2015
  33. Alberta Alexander #

    Can I cook fresh greens or beans with smoked meat without eating the meat, do all my seasoning have to be organics???? What can I eat for breakfast?

    January 20, 2015
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      The Daniel Fast is totally plant based, so vegetables cooked with meat is out due to the animal protein that would then be in the vegetables. While organic seasonings are great, they can also be quite expensive. As long as you can find seasonings that are free of additives and sweeteners there’s no requirement to go organic.
      Here’s some breakfast ideas for you: Muesli, some varieties of Ezekiel brand and some varieties of Shredded Wheat, ex: http://www.arrowheadmills.com/product/shredded-wheat-cereal There are also several other Daniel fast friendly cereals found in the Natural Foods section of grocery stores or at Health Food stores (make sure to read the ingredients list first though). And…then there’s always good Old Fashioned Oatmeal. An alternative to a cream of wheat (not allowed due to it not being stripped and no longer a whole grain) type hot cereal would be Bob’s Red Mill Creamy Wheat (only whole wheat as the ingredient).

      January 20, 2015
  34. Elizabeth Lee #

    Hi Susan,
    Are baked Falafels appropriate for Daniel Fast?

    Thank you,
    Elizabeth

    January 20, 2015
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Elizabeth,
      This is a case of if the ingredients in Falafel are fine for the fast, you’ll then need to check the cooking method (deep fry) which most are and would disqualify it. So, good ingredients And baked then it’ll be fine. I hope this helps!

      January 20, 2015
  35. Sugatrice #

    Thank you so much for this! :-)

    January 19, 2015

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