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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!


9686 Comments Post a comment
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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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