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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!


9788 Comments Post a comment
  1. Kendall #

    Hey I was wondering on can foods like vegetables if the ingredieents says corn, water, salt can that food be used on the Daniel fast

    June 16, 2015
    • Yes it would be acceptable. Plus, smart of you to read the list of ingredients. This is a habit you will get into on the Daniel Fast and one you can carry over into your everyday life!

      Be blessed.

      June 18, 2015
  2. Sandra #

    Hi Susan,during the winter,on the Daniel Fast,- what may be added to warm water ?

    June 14, 2015
    • Hi Sandra!

      I usually add slices of lemon to my hot water. It’s refreshing. I also just drink hot water in the mornings when I normally drink coffee.

      June 18, 2015
  3. Clare #

    Hi i just wanted to get some clarification on vermicelli and ramen noodles ( noodles alone)?. Can this be consumed during the Daniel Fast.

    June 10, 2015
    • Clare, check out the ingredients listed on the label. If the noodles are made with whole grains and there are not chemicals or sweeteners added in the plant-based product, then you should be fine. I use ramen noodles that I find in the natural foods section of my local supermarket.

      Be blessed.

      June 18, 2015
  4. Joyce #

    Hi I was just wondering I use a cup of beef broth in my veggie soup with veggie broth I didn’t realize that no beef products were allowed on the Daniel fast is it alright to eat it now that it is made ?

    June 8, 2015
    • Joyce, you would be out of sync with the fast. The Daniel Fast is totally plant-based with no animal products.

      June 18, 2015
  5. Que #

    Hi, please help…can I have Chamomile tea while fasting?

    June 8, 2015
    • No, the only beverage on the Daniel Fast is water (see Daniel 1).

      Be blessed.

      June 18, 2015
  6. nore #

    Can i have protein shakes?

    June 6, 2015
    • Yes, if all the ingredients are plant-based and free of sweeteners and chemicals.

      Be blessed

      June 18, 2015
  7. chris #

    Is almond butter ok with pure sugar cane as an ingrediant

    June 3, 2015
    • No, because not sweeteners are allowed on the Daniel Fast. Look for unsweetened almond butter. Or, you can make your own at many supermarkets (that’s what I do) or health food stores. Easy and clean.

      Be blessed

      June 18, 2015
  8. Ikenna Isife #

    I find ur post rich and informative. Remain blessed.

    June 2, 2015
  9. Can you have almond milk

    June 2, 2015
  10. Are raisins good to eat ?

    June 2, 2015
    • Yes, raisins are a good choice for the Daniel Fast. By the way, dried cranberries usually have sugar added to them, so they would NOT be okay.

      Be blessed on your fast.

      June 18, 2015
  11. Joyce Bertin #

    It say’s in the fruits that we can eat one of the fruits are raisins I check and there is a lot of sugar in them is it natural sugar that is in the raisins?

    June 2, 2015
    • Naturally derived sugar is allowed on the Daniel Fast. That means the sugar (glucose) that is already included in the natural product. It’s when sugar or other sweeteners are added that the food item would not be allowed.

      June 18, 2015
  12. Joyce Bertin #

    This is my first day on the Daniel fast and praying that I will be able to do it 20 more day’s I really feel in my heart that I need to do it as I am having a knee replacement and have a lot of fear — can I eat flatbread with natural peanut butter and oat bran cearel?

    June 1, 2015
    • Yes Joyce. Be sure no leavening agents are included on the list of ingredients for the flat bread. I use peanut butter on rice cakes for breakfast and snacks.

      Be blessed

      June 18, 2015
  13. Leilani Van Prooyen #

    I was wondering I started today my fast and the only concern is my vitamins. I take serveral supplements which are all gummy as I can’t take pills. Some of these are requested by my physician but I don’t want to be doing this the wrong.

    June 1, 2015
    • You always want to follow the instructions of your health professionals. So continue on the vitamins.

      Be blessed

      June 1, 2015

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